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STEAM POWERED WHIM MODEL
Article by Gordon Freegard 2018
Early in 2018 I was approached by Loek Proper from Holland, who was endeavouring the make a working model of the Steam Powered Whims that operated in the timber industry in the south of Western Australia. Only four of these machines were ever made and are now totally gone forever. Using only the images on our website he has created an absolute marvellous real working model. The detailing is incredible. This is the story about the creation of the model.
First of all, I would like to introduce myself. My name is Loek Proper, 59 years old, married, and living in The Hague, the Netherlands. I had worked for a contractor, and did volunteer work teaching the elderly fellows computer lessons. I have also worked for years at the probation service and as an auto mechanic. Because of medical reasons I no longer work.
LOEK PROPER #1
And from this nostalgic logging machines became my interest. I wanted to revive these machines again. Because there are usually no drawings or blueprints of these first machines, at most some patent-drawings, it is a challenge for me to build a model such as a logging machine. I also wanted to know everything about the history and life around the scale model to be built. For me, all my model machines really must work on steam.
I have already made many nostalgic machines such as American steam donkeys and one very special logging steam tractor, the Lombard Log Hauler. But I have also built models of old logging trains such as the first Climax, Dunkirk and Heisler. These can be viewed on my website "van De Puffende Schoorsteen" (The Puffing Chimney) - http://www.depuffendeschoorsteen.com/
Because I usually look for a special logging machines in books or on the Internet, it was then that I came across a group of photos collected by Gordon Freegard, webmaster of the Pickering Brook Heritage Group. These featured a very unique timber industry machine exclusive to Western Australia, the Steam Powered Whim. These machines are very rare as only four were ever built. Following forest fires and scrap metal dealers cutting up these old machines as they stood idle in the forest, there now is nothing left.
Because unfortunately all the Whims have gone, I had to get all the
information from those pictures. The model that I made is in scale 1: 10.
Fortunately, there is some general information about the size of the Whim, that I could use for my model. I was also very interested in the history of these powerful rare Steam Powered Whims.
By carefully looking at the photos
and enlarging them I came across many construction questions. But other details were
not visible because
ONE OF THE ORIGINAL WHIMS
THE MODEL OF THE WHIM
The following images show originals on the left and the model created from them, on the right.
Here are two Youtube videos showing this fanastic model in action. Well worth watching and viewing the details that has gone into the making of this one tenth scale model.
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References: Article: Pickering Brook Heritage Group
Images: Pickering Brook Heritage Group
Videos Loek Proper
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