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post #1 of 18 Old 04-13-2016, 06:59 PM Thread Starter
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Deere excavator

I haven't finished the cab yet, but I couldn't wait to show my progress. Scale is about 1:10. Everything operates as it would on the real one. Hopefully the cab will be done soon.
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That's really cool! I'm always impressed by this kind of project. I wouldn't even know where to start
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Thanks!

It's quite simple to do. I took some dimensions off the Internet and scaled them down. Then I made the tracks because those were the hardest part. Then, watching YouTube videos of excavators working to understand how the mechanisms work. They hydraulic cylinders were made by drilling 1/4" holes into wood then turning them down on a pen mandrel.

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That's sorta like the one we have at work.

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Looks great, that has to be a lot of fun.

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Looks like you and Kenbo need to get together.
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While kenbo is kind of the inspiration for these builds, I do not have his attention to detail.

He's truly a master.
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What's really fun is to NOT use any plans, kits, drawings, JUST wing it.

You will be surprised as to what it will look like, BETTER than you might think, it's a real confidence builder.

I have never built any other way, it gives you a real lesson in PROPORTIONS, they are key. IMO

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I've only used plans a few times (and one was from Norm Abram) but there always seems to be a discrepancy in the plan. These two measurments don't jive. These two joints won't fit together. Once I built a wall clock with a plan that was missing entire steps, and suddenly I'm trying to fasten a back into a rabbet I was never told to cut.

Without plans your imagination is the only barrier. Eventually I may try to build a flat bed semi to haul excavator, and it too will be done using simply rough dimensions of the Internet.
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What's really fun is to NOT use any plans, kits, drawings, JUST wing it.

You will be surprised as to what it will look like, BETTER than you might think, it's a real confidence builder.

I have never built any other way, it gives you a real lesson in PROPORTIONS, they are key. IMO

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The only real use I get out of dimensions is rough sizing. Same as with the grader and fire truck I've built, I typically just say "eh, that looks right." The first boom I made I trashed because it looked funny.
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Finally finished the excavator! A special thanks to Kenbo for a little extra inspiration... I put about 4 hours into the chair trying to up my game. For my next model I hope to make it a little nicer!
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Looks great.
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Man it looks great to me, I don't see how you could improve.

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That's really spiffy! I'd do something like that except I'd get the ratios wrong and build it bigger than the garage and have to take the garage apart..along with the rest of the place above the garage..

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It really lacks the immense details that some of the other guys here can do but hey, gotta start somewhere!

This was mostly an excuse to try out my new mini lathe. All of the hydraulic cylinders were turned using a 1/4" pen mandrel
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Wonderful job!!!

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