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Tuesday, 18 December 2012

So It Begins..!

Hi, All!

Lord Smudgington Smythely-Smythe surveys just a few of the compenents we have been hoarding...
 
I've been disturbingly unproductive for the last few weeks. I think possibly some alcohol may have been to blame...

Anyway, here I am and here's the latest:

I've been sketching, thinking and gathering bits and bobs in preparation for the construction of my most ambitious machine to date - Lord Smudgington Smythely-Smythe's Hydraulically Motorvated Sextupedal Land-Traversing Vacational Domicile...

A concept layout for the main deck of the walker. Galley, cabins, conservatory, billiard room - what more could be needed?

To be honest, there has been much procrastination thus far. I'm a little intimidated by the scale of the creation that is shaping itself in my head. Not to mention the time limits I have set myself.

Just one of several leg-concepts. This type of configuration recalls Pantagruel more than Gargantua.

The aim is to have this monstrosity ready to for next August's Call to Arms convention in Wellington... Very little time indeed...

A few of the 100 flickering flame LEDs I plan to turn into lanterns for the vessel. I've never built working lighting into a model before...

Nevertheless, Lord Smudgington Smythely-Smythe assures me that it can be done. Or he'll shoot my favourite Glopwump and mount its head above his mantel piece. So I'd better get on with it.

A very cool electro-magnet... Can't wait to find a use for this!

So there you go - nothing built as yet, but plenty of planning and preparation. It's time to begin!

More soon! I promise!

Some rather impressive cogs... The engine room of the walker is going to be singularly impressive! I think I'll start with the engine and build the vehicle around it - as I did with HMSW Gargantua.

All the Best!

20 comments:

  1. May Santa bring you an unending supply of rivets so that you won't run out building this monstrosity . . . and so that the glopwump will survive unshot.


    -- Jeff

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    1. Ah, Jeff... I knew I could count on you to mention rivets!

      Care to take a guess? Gargantua used 3,630 - and was small by comparison!

      And thank you. I like my glopwump.

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  2. I say, old sport, your ambition knows no bounds! Mind you, with a motivational force such as Lord Smudgington Smythely-Smythe behind you, I'm sure you'll accomplish it, to the wonder of the world. Bash on, old chap!

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    1. Why thank you, A J! Your enthusiasm and encouragement are gratefully received, as always!

      I shall get bashing as soon as me breakfast's settled!

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  3. Wow! I will be waiting for more of this "Lord Smudgington Smythely-Smythe's Hydraulically Motorvated Sextupedal Land-Traversing Vacational Domicile".

    Cheers,

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    1. Then I shall endeavour to impress, Senyor!

      Good to hear from you!

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  4. 'Gargantua was small by comparison!' oh my goodness me, this promises to be the most ambitious project yet!

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    1. Yes indeedy, Michael! Keep your eyes on this blog, my friend!

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  5. Man, what a great project! I'm especially looking forward to its electrification. I've been muddling about doing lights for one of my projects so it'll be fun to see what you come up with. -d.

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    1. Thanks, Darrell.

      Notorious Greg and I have been fiddling about with the LEDs, various batteries and so on... I'm hoping for some very impressive results!

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  6. Must admit I'm rather terrified at the thought of such an ambitious project! I wish you the best of luck with it, and stamina to see it through to completion!

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    1. Thanks, Scott! Let's hope this one actually sees a game!

      All the best to the family!

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    2. Indeed!
      And you and yours Sir!

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  7. Wow...A Victorian Scifi Mobile Home for Smythe! Bring it on, Colonel!!

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    1. And Bring it on I shall, Jay!

      Lord Smudgington Smythely-Smythe has been accused of a great many things ('dangerously imbalanced inbred aristocratic tosspot', for example) but never 'unimaginitive' or 'short of a few bob'!

      Keep watching!

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  8. I feel it timely to draw your attention to the fact that alchohol and electricity don't mix.... one should never add anything but a smidgin of fresh spring water to ones single malt.

    Hopefully you find this sage advise helpful in some small way old fruit.

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    1. Your wise words could not come at a more appropriate time, my learned friend! It's very nearly Christmas and I'm surrounded by old fruit! How very perceptive of you!

      However, I fear I must disagree! Upon receiving your advice, I set to experimenting with a case of Jamesons and some of that newfangled elastic-trickery stuff...

      Hey Presto! The world's first Single Volt Whisky!

      A drink fit for Joules Verne!

      ...best served with currants, in the privacy of one's own Ohm. Splendid, eh Watt!

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  9. Huge fan, sir. And so are my brothers. We're all looking forward to seeing this latest contraption of yours. You've inspired one of them to begin building things of his own. Well done, sir!

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    1. Thank you, Sir! It's a pleasure to hear from you again and an honour to know that my work may have inspired others!

      My regards to your brothers and a Happy New Year to you all!

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