Tuesday, 18 February 2014

15mm Modern Pumpjack or Nodding Donkey with Tank Scenery.....

.......... and all scratch built by a lady at work!

I like scenery as you may know and my new job gave me the opportunity to have this made from scratch by fellow security officer Mandy (former railway modeller) and what a lovely piece of kit it turned out to be............

...........15mm GZG figure and Peter Pig vehicle to show scale and painted by myself, there is a brief description of what a nodding donkey is below the pictures but they have been seen all around the world and in many a movie!

She may be tempted to make more........












A Pumpjack (also called donkey pumpernodding donkeypumping unithorsehead pumprocking horsebeam pumpdinosaur,sucker rod pump (SRP)grasshopper pumpBig Texanthirsty bird, or jack pump) is the overground drive for a reciprocating piston pump in an oil well.
It is used to mechanically lift liquid out of the well if there is not enough bottom hole pressure for the liquid to flow all the way to the surface. The arrangement is commonly used for onshore wells producing little oil. Pumpjacks are common in oil-rich areas.
Depending on the size of the pump, it generally produces 5 to 40 litres of liquid at each stroke. Often this is an emulsion of crude oil and water. Pump size is also determined by the depth and weight of the oil to remove, with deeper extraction requiring more power to move the increased weight of the discharge column (discharge head).

130 comments:

  1. The pump is pretty cool. And both look accurate next to the real thing. Well done!

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  2. Made from scratch? Wow, that's pretty amazing! Also, "nodding donkey" is new to me, but I like it. Great nickname.

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  3. Hey, that looks pretty darn cool, Lurk.

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    1. I laughed at your frump comment on my blog. Frumpy is good. My big goal today is to stay in my robe until bed. Then shower and put on fresh jams. That's it. Big day.

      Cheers and boogie boogie.

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  4. I have seen a few beam engines used underground in London. Big ones as well. They are seriously big, Victorian era used for pumping water. A great model and excellent scenery. I would stay friendly with that security guard.

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    1. She's a right character but easy to enough to bribe!!!

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    2. Does she have a sweet tooth? Would she like some chocolate fudge? Could I trust you to give it to her (the fudge you smutty minded person)? Probably not..... another plan scuppered!

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    3. Of course you could, you wound me sir!

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  5. These will make nice terrain pieces or objectives for a number of genres as well as moderns

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  6. Holy cow, is that ever nice. Well done Mandy!

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  7. does this mean you are getting into oil business?

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  8. There will be blood!

    But, in the meantime, lovely bit of modelling.

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  9. That is a fab model. Please send on my regards, excellent.

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  10. That's a nice bit of kit. A contact worth cultivating!

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  11. Ohhhhhhhhhhh yes, beautiful!!

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  12. Strangely enough, most of the time, your new posts don't appear on my reader. Hmm, something to look after.

    Those sceneries are just great, perfect. Should your friend want to make a bit of extra cash, I think we wargamers can easily find something ;)

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  13. excellent looking terrain pieces and scratch built! get her signed up for more work

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  14. Do I notice some dents in your tank Francis? Very nicely done. The dents gives the tank a touch of realism. As far as the pump it looks like it should be pumping some bubbling crude at any minute. "Texas Tea, liquid gold".

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  15. What a great bit of kit, and scratch built by a girl you say ;-)

    Ian

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  16. They are superb pieces of work Francis

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  17. Great work and very realistic Francis .
    Greetings .

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  18. Wow... she's good. Not a "flashy" set of terrain but definitely well crafted and greasily atmospheric. I wish I worked with someone "crafty" (not to disparage any of the knitters or crocheters around here).

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    1. I usually hang out with the embroiderers!

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  19. Really cool piece of terrain.

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  20. A great looking model (bot of them).

    Thanks for posting the images.

    Tony

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  21. something different that's for sure, very nicely done. Great weathering!

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  22. Wow.. nice little gift there then... and nice to know a bit of understanding of it as well ;)

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  23. Wow she did a great job making it, never knew it was called so many things though

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  24. Who's a lucky Lurker then? Nice nice baby!

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  25. Bloody hell that's excellent!!!! Well done Mandy!!!

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    1. She's quite talented but don't tell her for heavens sake!

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  26. Sounds like Mandy is someone worth cultivating. She's quite a talent!

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  27. Amazing scratch-building! Impressive skills, no doubt. Never knew it was known as a "donkey' pumper" - learn something new everyday :)

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  28. What a score Fran, its a superb model! I didn't know there were lady model railroad enthusiasts! ;-)
    I reckon you owe her a favour!

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  29. Gives out a steam punk vibe Fran. Love the paint work on it. Put a penny next to it so that I wont get confused whether this is a miniature or real one.

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    1. wait, you would put a US penny or UK penny? Never mind as long as it isn't some woman named penny it is cool :)

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    2. I'm now looking for a woman named penny!

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  30. Blimey, very impressive modeling skills, Fran; I rename Mandy 'Derrick' in honour if her amazing scratch-building skills!

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  31. Oh my, Mandy is talented! It would be nice if some of the guys on here would place orders with her and buy some custom terrain. You could act as her agent and get a small commission for each sale.

    Have a good week big fella!

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  32. Lovely work! Anyone who can scratch build is a rare treat.

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  33. Lovely work by both of you. Hard to fault this at all.

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    1. The only fault is I could do with 9 more!

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  34. That's a very nice piece, top model making.

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  35. Wow! Those are stunning pieces of scenery. Please give my congratulations to Mandy for being such a talented modeller. She's a keeper, Fran. Don't lose her!

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    1. Treat them mean keep them keen is the advice Ray is giving me!

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  36. Great model and superb treatment, Well done Mandy!

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  37. Everything I see reminds me of me :)

    There are places here in the States where there are fields of those 'donkeys' pumping forever and ever...

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  38. I suspect thatis something else that will be fought over in the town of Angry; great looking piece and I was amazed that it was a scratchbuild and not one of the commercially available ones. !

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    1. I couldn't find one commercially in this scale!

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  39. Great looking bit of terrain! No doubt Rayonian troops are devolping plans to liberate or destroy Angry's new rsource asset! ;)

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  40. General, your genius again is manifested by your acquisition of "grasshoppers" to fund your territorial expansion into the impoverished Rayonia Nation. Hail, Franonia!

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  41. Really nice models, Fran. Be careful with those evil and short-legged Rayonian!

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    1. I'm always on my guard against those little bastards!

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  42. That's a cracking piece of scenery, immediately suggests all kinds of scenarios. Should work in other scales pretty well too.

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  43. Lucky you to have a colleague who made railway scenery! It looks fantastic!

    Christopher

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  44. Very very nice Fran! Great colleague to have!!

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  45. That nodding donkey is a great piece of terrain, very unusual and beautifully made.

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  46. Spot on, Fran. Very well done.

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  47. Those are really nice; what superb work.

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  48. That's some impressive modelling skills there – very nice!

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  49. Great work! You've been very lucky to have worked with like minded people.

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  50. Lovely work Fran, can never have too much decent scenery

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  51. Great looking modern scenery. Just begging to get riddled with bullet-holes once the game begins.

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  52. When I lived in LA those things were everywhere - you'd see one or two with a storage tank behind a chain link fence in the middle of shopping mall carparks just nodding away day in day out. Very nicely done terrain, seen all over the world - from the the Victorian era onwards. I could see it on historical tables, sci-fi and steampunk games, and in all kinds of places. Well done Mandy! Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Not a problem my friend, thanks for the comment!

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  53. You lucky...... Nice one, very nice indeed. Clearly you attract talented friends.

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  54. Some fantastic pieces of scenery! Congrats to the lady at work!

    Greetings
    Peter

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