Month: November 2006

Cat D-9G- First Progress Picture

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Cat D-9G- First Progress Picture
 

Cat D-9G- First Progress Picture

This first picture of the D-9-G shows the cowl , throttle lever and steering levers all in place. You can see the foot rests , the pedals and the foot throttle. Then the control panel with levers, the battery box and the seat. To the rear you can see the fuel tank and grab handle. The far side of the seat is the second console with levers and then the hydraulic tank is on the opposite side . Every piece is hand bent and wleded and sanded . Sometimes people ask if the parts are poured in molds , but no parts are built that way. Every model is completely different in sizes and shapes. I am almost done with the front grille and have the first lift cylinder clamped in place where it will be mounted. You can see two curved lines that are connected to the lift cylinder. If all goes well, tomorrow I’ll post the picture of the front grille with the engine cover on it and the two lift cylinders bolted in place. If we get a snowstorm the next couple days, I will probably work in the shop on the first blade parts. If the storm misses us, I’ll wisk Deb off for another fun weekend with her special guy. LOL That would be me, ha,ha.

Me holding completed LeTourneau L-1800

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Me holding completed LeTourneau L-1800

Me holding completed LeTourneau L-1800

With two days of steady rain, I could not get out to get some pics of the model in the sand pit out back. So I had to take pics of it out on the workbench this morning. Deb took this picture of me holding it . I am pleased with how it turned out. You can see it is a smaller scale than the first LeTourneau L-2350 monster model I made. Most of the buckets on LeTourneau Loaders in pictures are painted black. But the loader I used pictures of had a yellow bucket so I painted it yellow.
If you go to the ( LeTourneau ) section in the photo gallery and click on it, and scroll through the pics, I posted 4 more pics of the finished loader model showing different angles.
Cat D-9G Dozer Progress- I am just starting to cut out the parts for the dash/cowl that will support the rear of the engine hood. After the dash and steering levers , throttle lever, etc. are in place, then I will move to the front of the frame and start building the front grille and rounded front hood that will cover the radiator and support the headlights and front of the engine hood.
NorthWest Dragline – I still don’t have enough info on the NorthWest Dragline to build it just like Mel Price’s real one. So I may have to wait til we go down to Danville, Ill. the next time to get more detailed pics inside and outside of the machine.
Acco Monster 12 wheeled grader- This is now the project I will start building the end of next week when I complete the D-9G Dozer Model.
As I like to remind everyone once in a while , my tools are crude , my workshop is tiny and I am no engineer . I know very little about real machinery. So if you see things that don’t look quite right on my models, that is why. This is a labor of love for me and if I can get a model to look even close to the real machine and how it looks, that is good enough for me. Happy toy building everyone.

Bucyrus-Erie Mining Shovel , Me in the cab

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Bucyrus-Erie Mining Shovel , Me in the cab

Bucyrus-Erie Mining Shovel , Me in the cab

Here is another cool picture Deb took of me on one of our coal mine tour adventures. We took about 100 pictures on each tour and some of them I wanted to post again for the new first time visitors that have started visiting my webpage in the last few months and for some of you that might have missed them before they were deleted the first time I posted them. It was a very cool view in the operators seat of this awesome shovel. We got to climb up to the top of the boom and then we explored everything in the engine room , John was a great tour guide.
I am busy working on the Cat D-9G Dozer this morning , I got the parts for the consoles cut out and the seat and battery box and they should be all welded and bolted in place by tonight. After lunch I will work on the decals for the LeTourneau Loader model. Should get that all done this afternoon and post the pics of it tomorrow. We still got mild temps in Gaylord today with light drizzle and fog. The weatherman is still saying cold air on Fri. with snow back in the forcast. It’s definately time now to get a good snow pack on the ground for the winter tourist season of sking and snowmobiling.