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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.

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Re: Wooden Excavator Model
« Reply #2 on: June 20, 2013, 09:25 PM »
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« Reply #3 on: June 20, 2013, 09:27 PM »
The jig used to make the track pads.

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

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

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

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Offline Colin Giersberg

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

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Offline Colin Giersberg

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

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

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

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

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Offline Colin Giersberg

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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« Reply #30 on: June 20, 2013, 11:02 PM »
Mocked up.

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Offline Colin Giersberg

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Re: Wooden Excavator Model
« Reply #31 on: June 20, 2013, 11:03 PM »
Cab mockup.

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« Reply #32 on: June 20, 2013, 11:04 PM »
Cab interior.

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« Reply #33 on: June 20, 2013, 11:05 PM »
Again.

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« Reply #34 on: June 20, 2013, 11:06 PM »
Again.

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« Reply #35 on: June 20, 2013, 11:07 PM »
Grills.

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« Reply #36 on: June 20, 2013, 11:08 PM »
Another.

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« Reply #37 on: June 20, 2013, 11:09 PM »
Another.

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« Reply #38 on: June 20, 2013, 11:10 PM »
Back wall of the bucket.

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« Reply #39 on: June 20, 2013, 11:12 PM »
Bits and pieces of the bucket sides.

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« Reply #40 on: June 20, 2013, 11:14 PM »
The bucket assembled but not complete.

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« Reply #41 on: June 20, 2013, 11:15 PM »
From a different angle.

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Offline Colin Giersberg

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« Reply #42 on: June 20, 2013, 11:16 PM »
Completed bucket.

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« Reply #43 on: June 20, 2013, 11:18 PM »
To date assembly.

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Offline Colin Giersberg

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« Reply #44 on: June 20, 2013, 11:20 PM »
The beginning of the railings. Notice that the bends in the railings were made by mitering short sections of the 3/32" dowel stock and gluing back together to form the bends.

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Offline tjbier

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« Reply #45 on: June 20, 2013, 11:24 PM »
That is insanely awesome! The time it would take has to be a staggering amount!
The detail is obviously fantastic,  I really like the counter weight. Someone has a lot of patients, I just stare in amazement.
Tom- ps, I read these.

Offline Colin Giersberg

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« Reply #46 on: June 21, 2013, 01:00 AM »
The total time spent building this was over 2800 hours. There are over 4000 parts. If you assume that Charles got $20 per hour, then the cost in labor alone is $56000. I believe it may have just sold, but I am not sure of that. I see the builder's brother on Facebook quite often, and there was talk of it being sold, however Rob ( the brother) did not say it was.

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« Reply #47 on: June 21, 2013, 01:03 AM »
One more thing, look at image #40 which is of the finished bucket. The bits and pieces posted in another photo have been attached. Notice the way the wood grain of these bits and pieces lines up with the grain of the bucket side.

Offline Colin Giersberg

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« Reply #48 on: June 21, 2013, 01:07 AM »
Railings anyone.

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« Reply #49 on: June 21, 2013, 01:08 AM »
Test fitting the railings.

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« Reply #50 on: June 21, 2013, 01:09 AM »
Again.

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Offline Colin Giersberg

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« Reply #51 on: June 21, 2013, 01:11 AM »
Installed.

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Offline Colin Giersberg

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« Reply #52 on: June 21, 2013, 01:15 AM »
Front view. Notice the grain pattern in the cherry and walnut below the cab. The pattern goes together quite well in my opinion.

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Offline Colin Giersberg

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« Reply #53 on: June 21, 2013, 01:18 AM »
Size comparison.

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Offline Colin Giersberg

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« Reply #54 on: June 21, 2013, 01:20 AM »
What you really have been wanting to see all along.

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« Reply #55 on: June 21, 2013, 01:23 AM »
Another view of the cab.

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« Reply #56 on: June 21, 2013, 01:25 AM »
Another.

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Offline Kev

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« Reply #57 on: June 21, 2013, 01:26 AM »
Words fail me - that is stupendous! [eek]

Amazing talent - I'd love to see more of his work.

Offline Colin Giersberg

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« Reply #58 on: June 21, 2013, 01:31 AM »
Another.

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« Reply #59 on: June 21, 2013, 01:33 AM »
Another.

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« Reply #60 on: June 21, 2013, 01:35 AM »
Another.

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Offline Colin Giersberg

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« Reply #61 on: June 21, 2013, 01:38 AM »
Looking at the last image, the piece of paper near the bottom shows 3040 hours to build it.

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Offline Colin Giersberg

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« Reply #62 on: June 21, 2013, 01:41 AM »
Now for some images of the details.

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« Reply #63 on: June 21, 2013, 01:42 AM »
More.

Platform. This was laser cut by a friend of Charles. The grills were done the same way.

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« Reply #64 on: June 21, 2013, 01:43 AM »
More.

The boarding ladder.

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« Reply #65 on: June 21, 2013, 01:46 AM »
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Offline Colin Giersberg

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« Reply #66 on: June 21, 2013, 01:47 AM »
Platforms and stairs. Charles told me that he had developed a technique for cutting the pattern in the steps. He used his table saw.

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« Reply #67 on: June 21, 2013, 01:49 AM »
Railing showing the miter cuts detail.

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« Reply #68 on: June 21, 2013, 01:50 AM »
Platforms.

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« Reply #69 on: June 21, 2013, 01:52 AM »
Boarding ladder again.

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« Reply #70 on: June 21, 2013, 01:54 AM »
Spotlight.

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« Reply #71 on: June 21, 2013, 01:55 AM »
Another ladder.

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« Reply #72 on: June 21, 2013, 01:56 AM »
Track detail.

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« Reply #73 on: June 21, 2013, 01:58 AM »
Low view of the platforms.

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« Reply #74 on: June 21, 2013, 01:59 AM »
Crawler frame detail.

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« Reply #75 on: June 21, 2013, 02:01 AM »
Crawler frame detail.

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« Reply #76 on: June 21, 2013, 02:03 AM »
Railings again.

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« Reply #77 on: June 21, 2013, 02:04 AM »
Exhaust detail.

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« Reply #78 on: June 21, 2013, 02:05 AM »
Boom detail.

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« Reply #79 on: June 21, 2013, 02:07 AM »
Spotlight detail.

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Offline Colin Giersberg

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« Reply #80 on: June 21, 2013, 02:09 AM »
I believe this was posted already, but what the heck. this may be somewhat larger.

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Offline Colin Giersberg

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« Reply #81 on: June 21, 2013, 02:10 AM »
Boarding ladder.

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« Reply #82 on: June 21, 2013, 02:12 AM »
Cab.

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« Reply #83 on: June 21, 2013, 02:14 AM »
Bucket detail on back.

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« Reply #84 on: June 21, 2013, 02:16 AM »
More.

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« Reply #85 on: June 21, 2013, 02:17 AM »
More.

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« Reply #86 on: June 21, 2013, 02:19 AM »
Back of cab.

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« Reply #87 on: June 21, 2013, 02:21 AM »
More.

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« Reply #88 on: June 21, 2013, 02:23 AM »
More.

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« Reply #89 on: June 21, 2013, 02:25 AM »
More.

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« Reply #90 on: June 21, 2013, 02:26 AM »
More.

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« Reply #91 on: June 21, 2013, 02:28 AM »
More.

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« Reply #92 on: June 21, 2013, 02:29 AM »
More.

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« Reply #93 on: June 21, 2013, 02:30 AM »
More. 

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« Reply #94 on: June 21, 2013, 02:32 AM »
More.

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« Reply #95 on: June 21, 2013, 02:34 AM »
More.


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« Reply #96 on: June 21, 2013, 02:35 AM »
Cab roof.

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Offline Colin Giersberg

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« Reply #97 on: June 21, 2013, 02:38 AM »
I believe this is Rob, Charles' brother. He helped build this.

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Offline Colin Giersberg

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« Reply #98 on: June 21, 2013, 02:41 AM »
The finished product with Rob. This image was one of the last ones that Rob posted on Facebook.

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Offline Colin Giersberg

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« Reply #99 on: June 21, 2013, 02:43 AM »
Charles Fisher himself.

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« Reply #100 on: June 21, 2013, 02:46 AM »
The best model I have ever seen!!! Absolutely beautiful!! This looks way better than the real thing it was modeled after. Some extremely inspired work went into this and I am awestruck!!! Thank you for sharing!!
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« Reply #101 on: June 21, 2013, 03:01 AM »
Charles Fisher himself.

(Attachment Link)

Am I reading this right, it only won 4th place? If so some judges need a mental exam. 'Amazing' doesn't do justice.
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Offline Colin Giersberg

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« Reply #102 on: June 21, 2013, 03:18 AM »
That is the last of the images I will post here, unless Rob posts more on Facebook.

The story behind Charles is this. He built church pews for a living. Somewhere along the way, he built a bulldozer model (I have one of them). One day, he heard about a contest in his area for wooden toys if I am not mistaken. I apologize if some of the details are inaccurate, but it has been a long time since I talked to Charles, and then only by phone, and my memory isn't any better than before, so please bear with me. Anyway, he entered the contest and won 1st place. After that, he realized that he was pretty good at building models, so he started his new career doing this. He built several different models, all of the later models are all very detailed, just like the 5230B. I will post some images of those in separate threads, but I do not have much documentation for those, therefore, there will not be many images. All of his later models were sold, and this is his coup de grace. He kept me updated on the progress of the 5230B when time permitted, and it almost didn't get finished. Charles smoked, and I don't doubt that the fine wood dust he breathed in daily didn't help, but he developed lung cancer. Several treatments were given, and his health began to decline. He passed away in 2009, so Rob may have finished the model.
He did enter the 5230B in the kalamazoo Art Show in January of 2009. Out of 700+ entries, this model came in 4th place. I can't imagine how that could happen after looking at these images.

So long Charles, you were a fantastic modeler.

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« Reply #103 on: June 21, 2013, 04:26 AM »
Am I reading this right, it only won 4th place? If so some judges need a mental exam. 'Amazing' doesn't do justice.


I think it was an art show, not a model show, so completely amazing as it is, art, its definition and judging criteria are all pretty subjective

Had it have been a model competition, would have won hands down no doubt

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Re: Wooden Excavator Model
« Reply #104 on: June 21, 2013, 07:18 AM »
The best model I have ever seen!!! Absolutely beautiful!! This looks way better than the real thing it was modeled after. Some extremely inspired work went into this and I am awestruck!!! Thank you for sharing!!

+1!  Thanks for posting this here, Colin.  I can't wait to show it to my son.  Just one more example of how much talent there is all around us, and we don't even know it.

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Re: Wooden Excavator Model
« Reply #105 on: June 21, 2013, 07:30 AM »
Wow!  That is amazing and what impeccable details...even the coffee cup in the cab!!  Thanks for posting this...awesome!

Scot

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Re: Wooden Excavator Model
« Reply #106 on: June 21, 2013, 03:14 PM »
A beautiful piece of art, that took more patience than I will ever have, so much detail [thumbs up]

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Re: Wooden Excavator Model
« Reply #107 on: January 12, 2014, 12:16 PM »
I though I would bring this back up. There are somme long time members who never saw this and new members as well need to see this. It might even give them something to aspire to.

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Re: Wooden Excavator Model
« Reply #108 on: January 12, 2014, 04:06 PM »

 This model took Charles 3040 hours to build and there are 4000+ parts in it. Check it out to see for yourself. This level of workmanship demands that it be seen by more than just a few dozen people.









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Re: Wooden Excavator Model
« Reply #109 on: January 12, 2014, 05:08 PM »
I don't know how I missed this thread.

Amazing work and detail!!!  Really love the detail work

3040 hours Jesus.   If you was working on a 8 hour day would of taken more than a year to make.

Don't know if I could have the patients on just one project like that!  You would wanna sell it for atleast 40k to make a living from it lol.
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Re: Wooden Excavator Model
« Reply #110 on: January 12, 2014, 11:43 PM »
Amazing! I *KNOW* I'd never have the patience to do that, but you sure gotta admire people that do!
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Re: Wooden Excavator Model
« Reply #111 on: October 23, 2021, 06:06 PM »
Well, it has been a few more years since I last shared this fantastic model. Please look at each photo carefully and see some of the details.

Please keep in mind that I did not build this. I drew up a set of drawings in 1/16th scale that come no where close to this level of detail. Charles had access to a lot more information supplied by Caterpillar in my opinion.

Lastly, enjoy what you see.

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Re: Wooden Excavator Model
« Reply #112 on: October 23, 2021, 06:37 PM »
Well, it has been a few more years since I last shared this fantastic model. Please look at each photo carefully and see some of the details.

Please keep in mind that I did not build this. I drew up a set of drawings in 1/16th scale that come no where close to this level of detail. Charles had access to a lot more information supplied by Caterpillar in my opinion.

Lastly, enjoy what you see.

Colin-

I definitely appreciate you bumping this, as I had never seen it before while perusing the forum.

That said, it appears that the original attachments have been lost to the ravages of internet decay and can only be viewed in their thumbnail form in those posts.

I don't know if the mods can do anything to save them or if it would be worth re-posting if you still have the originals.

@SRSemenza , thoughts?

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Re: Wooden Excavator Model
« Reply #113 on: October 24, 2021, 12:51 AM »
Sorry, pretty sure they can't be recovered.

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