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Thanks Ron, those die cast are worth a look for sure, I just wish our dollar was a little more competitive............ as far as the low bed, I would be interested in just the goose neck, as I have an old AMT low bed, just begging for a conversion, it's the goose neck and rams that are giving me some grief...... the deck part will be easy for sure....

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Hey Jeff 

  Don't forget the rear of the AMT low bed IS NOT the same as a drop nose lowboy. I can maybe print the front and back and you can covert/scratch the center bed? Let me know, like I said I haven't tried to print anything yet. It's still only in Unigraphics. I have to convert it individual part to a stl file so my son can see if he can print it. So still in the infancy stages.

  Her are some pictures of the 4 axle drop nose lowboy trailer and some Cat d8h tracks.

4-axle-trailer-2.jpgview from the rear.

4-axle-trailer-1.jpgview from the front.

4-axle-trailer-5.jpgcloser view of the front.

4-axle-trailer-3.jpgside view.

4-axle-trailer-4.jpgview of the bottom.

  These next pictures are of the Caterpillar D8H tracks I'm in the process of creating on Unigraphics.

cat-track-1.jpgtop view.

cat-track-2.jpgbottom view.

 Thats it for now be back with more soon.

Ron G 

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I don't think nipping off the Beaver Tail will be a big deal, Ron.................. man your designing is awesome, will you be able to scale this to 1/35 as well, once all the files are complete?? The Cat tracks look incredibly accurate.....  I love this stuff.....

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Oh that unit is YUMMY !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! And a hefty price tag I bet, this truck and trailer are awesome !  Dream ride for sure....

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Hey Jeff 

 The answer is YES! I could print it to any scale, because I drew/modeled it full size. So all i need to do is when you would go to print it is put in the correct scale factor and voila! Printed to the correct scale requested. If you think the D8H tracks are nic wait till you see the Caterpillar 336E tracks, and the rest of the excavator.:D:rolleyes::construction::icon_eek:

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Hey Jeff 

  Heres the Cat 336E in its preliminary status. It still needs alot of work. I basically modelled up the Newray excavator. Once it's in the system I can rework it into the 336E. It took foorreeveeerrr to do those tracks, links, pins and bolts and nuts. My computer kept crapping out, but I finally got it done.

20200806_190420.jpgthis view shows the excavator that I have modelled up to this point.

20200806_190404.jpgside view.

20200806_190440.jpgview looking aft at the front of the excavator.

20200806_190509.jpgthis view shows the tracks a little better. They are 30" wide. Well back to work have to get all these CAD models done before I loose the use of my Wifes Unigraphics station.;):construction:

Ron G 

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Hey guys

 Here's some more pictures of the Cat 336E and truck, trailer and excavator.

20200808_203022.jpgthis view shows the excavator from the front looking aft.

20200808_203141.jpgside view 

20200808_203226.jpgfront view 

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Rear view.

20200808_203202.jpgplan view. 

20200808_203244.jpgcloser view of the operator in the cab.

20200808_203115.jpgcloser view of the bucket.

20200808_203349.jpgside view of the truck, trailer and the Cat 336E. I need to move the bucket down into the transport position.

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this view shows the truck, trailer and excavator from the front looking aft. Well that's it for now be back soon with more.

Ron G 

 

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And maybe slide the 5th wheel a bit more forward to get a little more weight on that steer axle..... you know what those guys at the scales can be like !! :rofl:Looks  really good Ron.....

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Hey Jeff 

 Yeah I get what you mean. It is on a slide mechanism, but I have it set at the middle position. Here are some more pictures of the Cat and the truck, trailer and excavator.

20200809_151944.jpgthis view shows the logos in position.

20200809_152020.jpgthis view shows the logo on the rear.

20200809_152002.jpgthis view shows the logos on the other side.

truck-trailer-excavator-3.jpgthis view shows it loaded on the trailer.

20200809_150719.jpgview from the rear.

20200809_150816.jpgside view. Thats it for now be back with more in awhile.

Ron G 

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That's cool , Ron. I have seen some of those real big excavators on low beds with Jeeps, and dollies, and even the cab of the excavator folded down, that goes especailly for Feller Bunchers and the like... and here in B.C. the guys have to curl the bucket tight to the boom and drop the stick as close to the deck as possible, we also have to tie down the boom and bucket.... seems over kill to me, but that is what CVSE demand.... even thought they can never fall off , being pinned to the stick and main boom....

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Hey Jeff 

 I have a question for you. Since you drive and you said you are qualified to drive gravel trains, how many connections are there from the tractor to the first dump trailer? I think there are 5, electrical, main air, emergency air, hydraulic line in and hydraulic line out. Can you verify this for me? Also how many connections are there from the front dump trailer to the rear dump trailer, this should be the same as the front.

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On our units we had 1 Electrical Cable, 2 air lines, Supply line ( Blue ) and Service line ( red ) and 1 hydraulic line, there is a two way valve in our hydraulic system, so only ONE Hydraulic line, so four connections total, ( and our Pups had 2 safety chains which is not required for the trains if using a 5th wheel as on the Super B's, but if there is a dolly., then 2 chains, crossed from the reach to the truck, so that it forms a cradle, should the Pintle hitch become compromised, the cross over chains will hold the reach and protect it from digging into the highway and flipping over)  the second unit should be the same as the Lead...

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33 minutes ago, CrankyCrafstman said:

COOL!

Thanks Jeff. Now I just need another 10 scale glad hands.:hsmack:

Ron G 

I hear you there, another thing I have noticed with truck model kits, Ron , is that the Italeri kits only have one set of spring brakes on one axle.... here in BC we have to have spring brakes on all drive axles, usually not on the front steer axle. It is VERY old school to have only one set of spring brakes on a tandem truck.... if you are making brake pots, then spring brakes on all axles except the steer, on the tractor, but ALL axles on the trailers...

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Hey all 

  I have some more done on the 3 axle drop nose lowboy trailer. Here are some pictures for you to look at.

20200827_175638.jpgfront view.

20200827_175832.jpgside view.

20200827_175753.jpgrear view.

20200827_175725.jpgtop view.

20200827_175814.jpgfront isometric view.

20200827_175655.jpgrear isometric view.

20200828_165919.jpgthis view shows the hydraulic power pack.

20200828_165849.jpgthis view shows the Bridgestone R244 285/75R 22.5 tires and alco 10 hole wheels. It's getting closer to being able to print it on my 3D printer. Be back soon with more updates.

Ron G 

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A good friend of mine was a truck driver. Was. Died in his truck a year ago in a collision. His wife asked me to paint a model of his Mercedes Actros truck in his colours. I had decals custom made.

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2 hours ago, JeroenPeters said:

A good friend of mine was a truck driver. Was. Died in his truck a year ago in a collision. His wife asked me to paint a model of his Mercedes Actros truck in his colours. I had decals custom made.

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THAT is cool and a WONDERFUL tribute.. PLEASE show us more ...........  that is very cool, and a great thing to do for a fallen friend......

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Hey Jeff 

  I got my 1/24 scale RC Caterpillar 336 from Diecast Masters today. :(:rtfm: It's pretty nicely detailed and it works real well, but it is not 1/24 scale!!!! It is closer to 1/20.5 scale, based off of the real 336's dimensions and what it scales up to. Here are some pictures of it.

 

20200830_142543.jpgpretty niice looking and detailed well.

20200830_142726.jpgmore of a side view.

20200830_142849.jpgthis view shows it next to a drafting scale. Center to center of the idle wheel and the drive sprocket is supposed to be 13' 6" and it scales out to 16' 6" OOPPS!!!! Maybe I can say its a Cat 390 (thats the biggest one they make). It scales width wise to 12' 3":omg: and it's supposed to be 8' 3", well it is what it is.

Ron G 

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