Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Saskatchewan Man Turns Radio-Controlled Model Hobby into Excavation Project: Man Uses Model Toys to Dig out Basement

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Saskatchewan Man Turns Radio-Controlled Model Hobby into Excavation Project: Man Uses Model Toys to Dig out Basement

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SHAUNAVON, Sask. - A Saskatchewan farmer's love for radio-controlled trucks has taken him to new depths.

Joe Murray is digging out the basement in his house near Shaunavon using radio-controlled scale models of bulldozers, diggers and dump trucks. And the work of the tiny tractors is generating quite a buzz online.

"It's just for hobby purposes," said Murray.

"You know it's not important that it ever gets done. It's just something to do."

Murray's house was built in 1929. The basement housed the old coal heating system and that was about it. One corner of the house got soaked when there was heavy rain in 2002 and a chunk of the clay wall came loose, he said.

"At that time, I had a dump truck and a trackhoe and I just cleaned up the mess during the wintertime," he said.

"One thing led to another and about 2005, I started excavating the dirt out of my basement using my radio-controlled hobby."

Murray, 43, ordered many of the model machinery kits from Germany and assembled them himself. …

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