Scale model 5130 shovel-excavator #1: Making track

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Blog entry by hookfoot posted 10-30-2019 12:27 AM 311 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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There are 44 pieces of track per side. You work on track for a couple of days then put it away(to keep your sanity). Next week you do a little more. Start making track the first day and when everything else is done your tract should be done. I made the first track with three traction bars which I knew was not right. I did not have all the info I needed at that time. Fix it later.

The pads are made of 1/4in flat strips that i cut to lengths then rout 1/8th in of the material away in the center, leaving a pad with to strips on the outer edge for the traction bars do 90 some pieces reset the router with A 1/8th core bit to break the edges of the traction bars. Next I made a jig to cut the square hole in the center of the pad These were the first pads before I got the correct measurements etc. I finished the track as such so I could proceed with the project. When I got the correct info and measurements I took the tracks of the machine, cut the center traction bar away. I used a 3/8 straight bit for this job. The jig I made to cut the square hole uses a 1/4 spiraled straight bit to make a cleaner cut. After the square holes were all cut, I sanded repainted and replaced the 3/8th #8 screws(352). The gremlins have ate some of my photos. Sorry it is not any clearer.

These are the fire extinguishers I made(6). I used 5/8th dowel stock for the bodies the rest was made from #10 copper wire and copper flashing, the insulation from the #10 wire and red paint

I hope you can follow my thought process. Any questions I will try to answer. Enjoy.

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#1 posted 10-30-2019 12:32 AM

As I looked at the post I realized that I had nothing on the chain and when I looked at my photos I do not have ant photos of that operation. Really difficult. At some point I will try to address this issue. Sorry.

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#2 posted 10-30-2019 01:05 AM

Amazing patient detailing sir!

-- Lifes good, Enjoy each new day...... Cheers from "On Top DownUnder" Crowie

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#3 posted 10-30-2019 06:36 PM

Nice job on the tracks and just love your fire extinguisher!!!

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