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Ecurie Ecosse Race Transporter
Custom built for the successful Ecurie Ecosse racing team in 1959, a strikingly blue transporter to match their blue D-Types.
About this creation
This is all Ape Fight's fault. He it was who started the 'Classic Race Teams' group with the marvelous idea of different people building the cars and transporters of famous old racing outfits. Thanks Ape.

This big hunk of blueness was based on a 1959 Commer chassis and there is only one in the world - designed to take the Ecurie Ecosse team Jaguars (there were other makes in the team but this is usually seen with C- and D-types.)



Yes, I did do the lettering on both sides, a mind-bending mixture of SNOT and, er, SOT.



This model is 24 studs wide, 96 long and weighs 100 tons... it features working steering (by HOG or in-cab), electrically operated ramps and a special engine - more of which later. For now, check out all the angles on the front, the trickiest part of the build.



Lots of openings... the middle one houses the battery box for the ramp's motor.



Now, that engine. This is a three cylinder, six piston two stroke diesel boxer engine. Let me explain. The crank sits under the block and actuates all six pistons via rockers and secondary conrods - the pistons are timed to work symmetrically. i.e. 'punch' toward each other in the exhaust phase and retreat together during the combustion phase...



.. like this. This idea produced a lot of power and torque for the engine's size - it displaced only 3.5 litres, but produced comparable figures to contemporary ordinary engines of twice the size with far fewer moving parts (no valves, just holes in the block at strategic points). It's the Commer T3 engine which was widely admired at the time and very reliable, although, being a two stroke, I guess the exhaust emissions were, ahem, somewhat toxic...



The engine lives behind the (easily removable) battery box under the interior floor.



The tailgate drops as it should, complete with ladder attached to the inside. Details, details...



The drive-on ramps were simple lengths of metal that clipped to the tailgate, as here, and slung in the back when not in use. Oddly, the Corgi toy of this had fold down ramps like a more modern transporter, but this is more accurate. They should be grey, by the way, but I'm not made of big grey plates, you know!



The electrically powered main ramps in the down position... they will work with a car on them, as long as it's fairly light...



There's lots of doors on the other side, too...



The area behind the driver, above the engine is for weary Le Mans drivers to relax in between stints, complete with steps as per reality. The floor should be lower, at door sill height without the internal steps - blame that engine...



Everything to soothe the frazzled race driver is here... modelled in the style of Lego's own new camper van...



.... including the fold-out sofa/bed.



To give this model true playability, the steering is geared to give 4 turns of the wheel lock to lock, so you can shift it at rest. You can also remove steering wheel, run an axle through the roof and re-attach as here...



.. or plug this in and steer it from the back.



This was fun to make and I've ended up with a very stiff and strong, playable model whose engine makes a unique noise when it's pushed along. Happy days...






Comments

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  March 11, 2014
Thanks everybody :-)
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  March 11, 2014
Congrats on MOTD! Classic Nick build!
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  March 11, 2014
Woohoo MOTD. Well deserved Nick
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  March 11, 2014
Congradulatons on MOTD Nick! The transporter looks great. Great Job!
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  March 11, 2014
MOTD! and what a 'killer' it is! Congrats!
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  March 11, 2014
Congrats Buddy. Always a pleasure to see this beauty especially that engine.
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  March 11, 2014
Congratulations Nick on MOTD! Well deserved on this spectacular racing transporter.
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  March 11, 2014
Congrats, well deserved!
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  March 11, 2014
good job!:D
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  March 11, 2014
congrats on motd Nick!
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  March 11, 2014
Great to see such a beautiful creation on the homepage! Still looks incredible. Congrats on MOTD Nick!
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  March 11, 2014
A truly worthy MOTD! Congrats Nick!
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  March 11, 2014
Beautiful MOC. The engine is incredible. Nice to see you get a well deserved MOTD. Congrats Nick.
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  March 11, 2014
congrats on a beautiful done MOTD ;-)
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  March 11, 2014
Congrats Nick! Cool to see this guy again. Still looks spiffy!
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  March 11, 2014
Yay! Congratulations! It's always fun when an active builder gets MOTD. :-)
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  March 11, 2014
Congratulations Nick on MOTD! Wow! This is huge! I love the engine. The interior looks fantastic. I like the Classic Space picture on the wall.
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  March 11, 2014
Great build, inside and out!
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  March 11, 2014
Congratulations on MOTD! Amazing creation!
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  March 11, 2014
A more than deserved MOTD, Nick! Congratulations! :-))
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  March 11, 2014
Congrats on well desreved MOTD! ~Marc
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  March 11, 2014
MOTD! : ) Very very well deserved!
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  March 11, 2014
Thanks guys! Happy day :-)
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  March 11, 2014
Congratulations for your MOTD!
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  March 11, 2014
Congratulations on MOTD, thoroughly deserved!
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  March 11, 2014
One of your very best and deserving of MOTD.
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  March 11, 2014
Wow, a wonderful transporter. The interior looks great. The engine is great detail computationally. The front I really like. Excellent job
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  March 11, 2014
Happy Days indeed, Nick! A great MOTD, well deserved!
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  March 11, 2014
Congratulation on MOTD for that impressive job!! Keep building!! 5/5
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  March 11, 2014
Congrats on the MotD! That boxer engine is very cool. I believe that there are some German WWII aircraft that use engines with a similar design.
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  March 11, 2014
Nick, Congratulations on being MOTD'ed! I still love that engine! :)
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  November 14, 2013
you are a Loego god among men! This one is proposterously amazing!
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  October 25, 2013
Another beautiful build, Nick!
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  September 3, 2013
Absolutely brilliant build. The interior is lovely, and the engine is fantastic. Maybe I will have the pleasure of seeing it in real life soon :)
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  January 28, 2013
Back again after seeing this for real, it's even better in real life! Such a solid build. Thanks for having us all over at the weekend : )
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  January 26, 2013
Quoting MortalSwordsman . 13 hours and counting! ...
:-))))
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  January 26, 2013
13 hours and counting! ...
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  October 27, 2012
Amazingly detailed and so huge! Excellent work!
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  October 2, 2012
Epic! Such a massive awesome transporter! I read an article once about people who restore these things, but building one from scratch, even in LEGO, must be a real challenge! Love all the details you put into the thing. Nice job on the engine. Best transporter I have ever seen!
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  May 7, 2012
Seems I haven't commented on this yet, who knows why. Another fantastic vehicle from you, my favorite aspect is the tilted front. Very stylish!
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  May 7, 2012
Back for another look, it's still stunning : ) One of my all time favourite MOCs
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  May 4, 2012
Great Job!!! I wish I had the pieces to build this. :(
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  April 12, 2012
This is a cool model. Love the little living area detailing and engine.
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  April 12, 2012
This is a cool model. Love the little living area detailing and engine.
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  April 12, 2012
fabulous truck, in and out1 too bad you did nt put any car inside, that would have been nice, even if it does nt make much real sense, [old car] bravo nick!
  December 31, 2011
Hello Mr Barrett :). Coming back for another look at this wonderful blue beast. Your top deck mechanism is far superior to mine and i suspect is the main reason for the weight difference. I can't wait to see this next to my blue beast :). How are you getting on with the jag? I really struggled with the width and wheel choice for my GT40. I have made a good start but will need to modify my transporter slightly. It fits on the top deck (just) but I need to increase the height of the lower deck by 2 or 3 plates. Merry new year to you Sir :).
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  December 8, 2011
  November 25, 2011
Um, I don't know what to say for this. This is huge, and blue, and amazing, and blue. I wish I had enough LEGO to be part of your classic racing team group, the creations by everyone so far are fantastic! :)
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  November 24, 2011
@Rhys: You can join one of the teams in the group and make a race car - maybe if you're interested, you can join my team (Maserati Scuderia). :)
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  November 20, 2011
Hi Nick, It's me again;). I have placed the BL order. How have you done your steering? Have you used the old school method using 2x2 turntables? You can see from my WIP which method I am currently using. Even though I have beefed the steering up my front wheels still 'tow in' under the weight. Your advice would be much appreciated. :)
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  November 17, 2011
Hi Nick. Hope you are well. I am just admiring your interior – very comfy. I love the paintings on the walls. I have been so busy recently but I have managed a little more on my Transporter. As suspected the front steering needed ‘beefing up’ but the rest if the chassis is very strong. Thank you so much for your kind offer (of the wheels). I require 4 more. I will place my order over the next few days. Tom would also like to add to the order, he was wondering if you would extend your offer to him too. He wants 4 of those big wheels and two of the white motorbike wheels (with knobbly tyres). Let me know what you think before I place the order. Talk soon
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  November 12, 2011
Your skills at building vehicles are amazing. Great work Nick!
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  November 11, 2011
love your old scholl stuff, so model team of the 60's had they done it then...
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  November 11, 2011
I love this!It's awesome!
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  November 10, 2011
OK, I'm out of time, but this is the last one, as far as I can tell. Love all the interior details and outward styling, including the lettering. I do have to skip the technic descriptions now. Later Nick.
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  November 10, 2011
Dude! Awesome rig!
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  November 7, 2011
This is stunning, I cant wait for the Jags now!!! :)
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  November 7, 2011
Oh, yes! This is a treat! So many details and stuff. I love the way you stick to the old school parts on the old school vehicles. This looks great and works great! Keep it up!
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  November 6, 2011
Incredible work!
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  November 6, 2011
Quoting Senator. Chincilla . Sorry to double comment, but I had to ask because of all the blue and those headlights. Is your Citreon DS still around, or is it somewhere in the transporter now?
Funny thing is, it was the Porsche that had to lay down it's life (there's never enough small plates...). The DS still exists. :-)
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  November 6, 2011
Sorry to double comment, but I had to ask because of all the blue and those headlights. Is your Citreon DS still around, or is it somewhere in the transporter now?
Nick Barrett
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White Knight
  November 5, 2011
Incredible !>...and largely in more conventional bricks !.....lovely detail inside, a rather unique vehicle....very well done....
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  November 5, 2011
Hi, this is a very good model! I like the interior and the steering. And the small doors. And the engine is excellent! This truck is indestructible:)
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  November 5, 2011
Brilliant! The blueness and the lettering are really great, and as usual the functions are all worthy of 5 smilies.
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  November 4, 2011
Splendid Nick, a really nice representation of a unique and very distinctive vehicle. 10/10
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  November 4, 2011
I agree with Aaden... Very nice. And very blue;-)
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  November 4, 2011
Excellent work as normal. This looks fantastic, with all that detail too. Great job
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  November 3, 2011
Quoting DeTomaso Pantera Hey Nick! I see my comment hasn't come through yet so I thought I'd say what a great job you've done here. It's stunning and has your usual great wit and charm :-) Very clever shaping on the front and I love the functional ramp and interior. My Merc will not be quite as technical as yours but it's looking very realistic :-). Waiting on one last bl order (which is taking ages) and I will be able to join the fun. Great to see you back, doing what you love and do best. P.S. I'm going to have the same problem re: no cars to transport :-(
Thanks Tom. Looking forward to seeing yours... I'm hoping to complete some cars for this before too long.
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  November 3, 2011
Hey Nick! I see my comment hasn't come through yet so I thought I'd say what a great job you've done here. It's stunning and has your usual great wit and charm :-) Very clever shaping on the front and I love the functional ramp and interior. My Merc will not be quite as technical as yours but it's looking very realistic :-). Waiting on one last bl order (which is taking ages) and I will be able to join the fun. Great to see you back, doing what you love and do best. P.S. I'm going to have the same problem re: no cars to transport :-(
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  November 3, 2011
I saw this and did a little wee in excitement! Superfabbadiculous build as always.
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  November 3, 2011
I am dumbfounded. What a spectacular MOC!
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  November 3, 2011
Wow! The angles at the front and the lettering are great! And so many details and functionality...
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  November 3, 2011
Fantastic project, and a nice presentation with lots of interresting trivia. I wonder about that motor, modified to four step cycles... Also great of you to go all the way and add interior details. But the whole thing leaves me wondering (and wanting); Where are the jags¿?
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  November 3, 2011
Now you just overdone yourself.. This is amazing, however that "amazing" hardly does the justice of your MOC. Wow... (sits deeper in my seat and enjoys the pics). Hey - you definately must be on our Flicker group called LUGNuts - this one perfectly fits for this month challenge "On the job". Please - we'd be honored if you decide to join us there
Nick Barrett
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Sam "The legoman" Knavel
  November 2, 2011
Very good!
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  November 2, 2011
Most impressive engine! :)
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  November 2, 2011
Absolutely gorgeous build as per usual. The level of accuracy and detail is mind blowing. You are a Lego God, Sir!
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  November 2, 2011
Quoting George G. You are truly talented my friend! I don't know whether I'm more impressed with the model or your vast collection of blue bricks ;) Everything from the writing on the side to the crazy angles at the front are amazing - great job! (p.s. I'm coming round to play with it after school tomorrow :P)
Haha! Thanks George. I was surprised myself that I had enough blue...
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  November 2, 2011
You are truly talented my friend! I don't know whether I'm more impressed with the model or your vast collection of blue bricks ;) Everything from the writing on the side to the crazy angles at the front are amazing - great job! (p.s. I'm coming round to play with it after school tomorrow :P)
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  November 2, 2011
All that's missing are the racecars. :)
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  November 2, 2011
I'm amazed! If I can get 1/2 as good of a result when I build my Maserati Transporter, I'd be satisfied! @Sven Bode & Jens Matuschek: You guys are back? Hooray! I can't wait! Don't ever go away again...
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  November 2, 2011
Very impressive!! very big and nice functions. 5/5
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  November 2, 2011
Wow, that's great, what a transporter! The lettering is just awesome and I like the motor a lot. Great job on the front, too. It looks tricky to build with the angle. All in all it has well earned the five smileys! Can't wait to see it with the cars :-)
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  November 2, 2011
ravishingly beautiful ;-)
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  November 2, 2011
what can I say? incredible ... speechless!
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  November 2, 2011
Quoting Joost Cumps Dear Nick, you delivered a fantasic moc. The engine has worked out greatly, the looks are astonishing!. Where are the D-types that go with this ride?
TBB... to be built :-) Thanks Joost.
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  November 2, 2011
Another brilliant creation! This one is stunning. I learnt something new about engines tonight, thanks! "Somewhat toxic..." LOL!! Very clever build and ... what a respectable size!! OMG!!
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  November 2, 2011
This is a great creation. I think I might make my own.
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  November 2, 2011
Dear Nick, you delivered a fantasic moc. The engine has worked out greatly, the looks are astonishing!. Where are the D-types that go with this ride?
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  November 2, 2011
Quoting Sven Bode & Jens Matuschek Eat your heart out, TLG-campervan! Wow, that's unbelievable accurate, huge, playable and about 243 other adjectives... on the other hand, words aren't enough to describe THIS. Cheers from Jens, who will finally post something in the next few hours after another looooong break
Great to see you back, Jens! :-)
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  November 2, 2011
Awesome! The details are great, and I like the interior! Also great SOT joke, fantastic work!
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  November 2, 2011
Ah, No, you've actually made the Commer's 3 cylinder, 6 piston horizontally opposed engine, just like the real thing! So, er... 12/10? Again, really wonderful inspiring stuff Nick - you are the Technic MAN!
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  November 2, 2011
Eat your heart out, TLG-campervan! Wow, that's unbelievable accurate, huge, playable and about 243 other adjectives... on the other hand, words aren't enough to describe THIS. Cheers from Jens, who will finally post something in the next few hours after another looooong break
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  November 2, 2011
:( my comment is being moderated lol
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  November 2, 2011
Was so excited when I saw this pop up in my news feed! It's brilliant, as I expected (and feared, as I know I'll never better this). Wonderful work capturing the shape, and awesome features as always. A star model of 2011! 10/10, although that doesn't feel good enough, so maybe 11 : ) P.S I did think this had a 3-cylinder engine though, rather than 6?
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  November 2, 2011
Awesome! That engine is fantastic!
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  November 2, 2011
WOW!thats amazingly awsome!!!thats SO big!super amazing work!keep it up
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  November 2, 2011
Nick it is a thing of beauty. I will come back later after you have finished your "waffles" ;).
 
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