Latest Shed Happenings

American Hut completed and installed

2017 saw renewed activity and then completion of the American Hut which was officially installed at the annual Memorial Day Service of the Kapiti U.S.Marines Trust in Queen Elizabeth Park on Monday May 29. The service commemorates the 75th Anniversary of U.S.Armed Forces encampment in New Zealand from 1942-44

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Getting the flooring panels lined up and starting the frames was and exacting task 

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We Had Some Special Visitors in 2016

How could we refuse a request for a visit from a local pre-school group to see how we were progressing with the American Huts refurbishment project. It appears the children had been studying the American Huts at MacKays crossing and heard about our involvement. The result was very successful as can be seen by the photos and it looks like the guys were having as much fun as the youngsters.

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A brief explanation

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The shaped frames

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Question time

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Some war relics

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One size fits all

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More questions

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More fun projects

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More fun times

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Have we lost anyone?

 

 

 

 

Kaka Nesting boxes – 2016 version

The success of our 2015 venture into producing Kaka nesting boxes and the achievements in the breading program resulted in a another flurry of activity at the shed in the preparation of boxes for the start of the 2016 September Kaka breeding season.

The destructive pecking of the inside liner of their nests results in an annual removal and replacement  of this lining, which we had promised to carryout.  Some lateral thinking and the resultant design of a removable inner sleeve will now mean the main trunk can now remain fixed in position on the tree with the liner only removed annually for maintenance.  The liner unit is held in place and removed with a twist removal action like a light bulb. This liner can also be part lowered to allow inspection and tagging of any chicks during breeding. The photos capture some of the activities during this time when we stripped the linings from the 6 nest made last year, and built and fitted our newly designed  sleeve liners. At the same time 6 new trunks and liners were built and painted and all have been delivered and are now being installed in time for the breeding season.

Last years production

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Prototype

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Cutting the pipe to length

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Pipes and lining ready

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Painted awaiting roofs

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Tops ready for fitting

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Painting the camouflage

 The 2016 version with major changes

Liners Prepared

The new removable liners

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Design changes during development

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Ian’s dedication

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Getting the liner exactly right

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Predator proof roof was essential

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A line up of most of the team

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Am I really allowed to splash all these colours on this?

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The latest model being hoisted for fixing