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Prime Mover Set Completed!

Postby Idris » Sat Nov 04, 2017 3:46 pm

A little while ago, I noticed a mixed lot of models on Ebay. One of them was a Moko prime mover trailer, not particularly exciting it itself, but it still had one of its ramps. Although there were several photographs in the listing, none showed the front of the trailer so, on the off-chance, I messaged the seller, asking whether the ‘blue trailer’ still had its drawbar. This was the photograph I received by return:

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Obviously I had to have it and so arranged a deal with another Forum Member who was prepared to buy the rest of the lot. That then enabled me to place the winning bid and, when the parcel arrived, I was delighted to find that the trailer did indeed still have its original drawbar. This was quickly transferred to the trailer in my collection, thereby finally completing my prime mover set.

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Needless to say, I am extremely pleased to finally have the set complete. (I’ve never actually seen one before.) However, it’s sad to think that it’s actually made of four different sets: one for the major components and the ramps, one for each of the engine covers, and one for the drawbar.
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Re: Prime Mover Set Completed!

Postby motorman » Sat Nov 04, 2017 6:25 pm

Are you in Australia Hugh? :lol:
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Re: Prime Mover Set Completed!

Postby Idris » Sat Nov 04, 2017 6:28 pm

motorman wrote:Are you in Australia Hugh? :lol:


I assume from that comment that the image of the set is showing inverted on your computer (which was the way it arrived on my PC). However, I rotated it 180 degrees before uploading it, and it''s displaying correctly on my laptop. Anyway, I've just saved, rotated and cropped it a different way. Hopefully it's now the right way up for everyone.
Here's a photograph of the other side of the set with better lighting and colour balance:
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Re: Prime Mover Set Completed!

Postby motorman » Sat Nov 04, 2017 9:57 pm

The image is still inverted on my iPad Hugh. No worries though I did a hand stand and it looks just great, despite the blood rushing to my head!!
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Re: Prime Mover Set Completed!

Postby tractorboy » Sat Nov 04, 2017 11:15 pm

Very nice, especially as it has the ramps, tow bar & engine covers that are often missing.
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Re: Prime Mover Set Completed!

Postby Moyboy » Sat Nov 04, 2017 11:36 pm

Hugh
with a little careful squeezing with long nose pliers you can straighten up the front blade. I put a cloth over the section first and then gently work the pliers up bit by bit until straight. Just do it slowly and works a treat. Hard to find the blocks and covers, now all you want is the tan trailer.
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Re: Prime Mover Set Completed!

Postby MOKOSEX » Sun Nov 05, 2017 12:25 pm

Well done hugh,an original drawbar is very hard to get,i still haven,t got one or seen one in the flesh,a couple of years ago when i worked in a foundry i had a go at making some(things you do on the nightshift! :D )and got one that i was happy with.(click the pics to view)
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Re: Prime Mover Set Completed!

Postby daz28 » Wed Nov 15, 2017 12:14 am

I was watching this on ebay if its the same one he had 3 or 4 lots and each one had a bit of the prime mover.
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Re: Prime Mover Set Completed!

Postby misterpop » Wed Nov 15, 2017 12:25 am

Oh nice..I've made a few of the draw bars out of wire coat hangers,mole grips and round nose pliers....Very strong,,,. :)
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Re: Prime Mover Set Completed!

Postby Idris » Wed Nov 15, 2017 4:39 am

daz28 wrote:I was watching this on ebay if its the same one he had 3 or 4 lots and each one had a bit of the prime mover.


I only noticed the tractor unit is a second lmixed lot.
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