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Offline Colin Giersberg

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Wooden Excavator Model
« on: June 20, 2013, 09:21 PM »
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Offline Colin Giersberg

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Re: Wooden Excavator Model
« Reply #1 on: June 20, 2013, 09:22 PM »
Well, I see that it worked. Will try posting more and tell about this model and the builder which is not me.

Offline Colin Giersberg

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Re: Wooden Excavator Model
« Reply #2 on: June 20, 2013, 09:25 PM »
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Offline Colin Giersberg

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Re: Wooden Excavator Model
« Reply #3 on: June 20, 2013, 09:27 PM »
The jig used to make the track pads.

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Re: Wooden Excavator Model
« Reply #4 on: June 20, 2013, 09:32 PM »
Mockup of the track frame.

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Re: Wooden Excavator Model
« Reply #5 on: June 20, 2013, 09:33 PM »
The actual track frame.

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Re: Wooden Excavator Model
« Reply #6 on: June 20, 2013, 09:35 PM »
Another view.

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Offline Colin Giersberg

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Re: Wooden Excavator Model
« Reply #7 on: June 20, 2013, 09:51 PM »
Ok now, time to tell you about this fantastic model's builder.

Back in 2005, I was checking out another message board that I visit, and I happened to see a post by a member named Woodchuck. His real name is Charles Fisher and he was from Bloomingdale, Michigan. He posted a question about any interest in offering plans of construction and mining equipment for those people that like to build models. Of course, I was interested and replied that I believed that there was an interest by the other members of the message board. After discussing this, he decided that he wanted me to draw up a 1/16th scale plan of a Caterpillar 5230B Front Shovel excavator. I managed to get a brochure from Caterpillar and began drawing it up. However, their brochures seem to have a lot of inaccuracies in the dimensions and my drawings have a number of issues in accuracy. We decided to continue with the drawings despite the issues and the photos that I will post in this thread will show the various stages of construction. I do believe that he had a lot more information about the 5230, and the results of the photos will bear this out.
As to the model, it is 1/16th scale as I said above, but it is all wood. Charles built it out of Maple, Walnut and Cherry. All of the railings were turned by him or his brother Rob, and are 3/32" in diameter. Some of these details will be discussed when I post the photos, so bear with me.

Now then, back to the photos.

Offline Colin Giersberg

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Re: Wooden Excavator Model
« Reply #8 on: June 20, 2013, 09:54 PM »
Both track frames finished.

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Re: Wooden Excavator Model
« Reply #9 on: June 20, 2013, 09:57 PM »
The house. This connects the track frames together.

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« Last Edit: June 20, 2013, 10:00 PM by Colin Giersberg »

Offline Colin Giersberg

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Re: Wooden Excavator Model
« Reply #10 on: June 20, 2013, 10:01 PM »
Another view.

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Re: Wooden Excavator Model
« Reply #11 on: June 20, 2013, 10:03 PM »
The house with the track frames attached.

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Offline Colin Giersberg

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Re: Wooden Excavator Model
« Reply #12 on: June 20, 2013, 10:10 PM »
Crawler frame detail.

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Offline Colin Giersberg

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Re: Wooden Excavator Model
« Reply #13 on: June 20, 2013, 10:12 PM »
Now come the carbody.

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Re: Wooden Excavator Model
« Reply #14 on: June 20, 2013, 10:14 PM »
The counterweight.

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Offline Colin Giersberg

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Re: Wooden Excavator Model
« Reply #15 on: June 20, 2013, 10:15 PM »
Mockup of the carbody.

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Offline Colin Giersberg

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Re: Wooden Excavator Model
« Reply #16 on: June 20, 2013, 10:17 PM »
Another view.

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Offline Colin Giersberg

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Re: Wooden Excavator Model
« Reply #17 on: June 20, 2013, 10:20 PM »
The first part of the boom.

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Re: Wooden Excavator Model
« Reply #18 on: June 20, 2013, 10:21 PM »
Before the boom sides were added.

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Re: Wooden Excavator Model
« Reply #19 on: June 20, 2013, 10:23 PM »
Boom attached to the carbody.

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Offline Colin Giersberg

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« Reply #20 on: June 20, 2013, 10:25 PM »
Detail of the next boom section.

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Offline Colin Giersberg

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Re: Wooden Excavator Model
« Reply #21 on: June 20, 2013, 10:26 PM »
With the sides attached.

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Offline Colin Giersberg

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Re: Wooden Excavator Model
« Reply #22 on: June 20, 2013, 10:29 PM »
Both boom sections being checked for fit.

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Re: Wooden Excavator Model
« Reply #23 on: June 20, 2013, 10:31 PM »
Checking out the hydraulic piston placement.

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Offline Colin Giersberg

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Re: Wooden Excavator Model
« Reply #24 on: June 20, 2013, 10:32 PM »
Another view.

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Re: Wooden Excavator Model
« Reply #25 on: June 20, 2013, 10:56 PM »
The exhaust pipes.

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Re: Wooden Excavator Model
« Reply #26 on: June 20, 2013, 10:57 PM »
Again.

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Re: Wooden Excavator Model
« Reply #27 on: June 20, 2013, 10:58 PM »
Hydraulics cylinders.

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Re: Wooden Excavator Model
« Reply #28 on: June 20, 2013, 11:00 PM »
Boom with hydraulics attached.

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Re: Wooden Excavator Model
« Reply #29 on: June 20, 2013, 11:01 PM »
Again.

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