Photos and info on 1/8th scale model 5130 #2: Body chassie and track frames

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Blog entry by hookfoot posted 10-31-2019 11:32 PM 582 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 1: Hydraulic linen,grab bars and hand rails. Part 2 of Photos and info on 1/8th scale model 5130 series Part 3: Idler sprockets etc. »

When I start a build the first piece I make is a major frame piece. This tends to be my guide in reference to the overall size of the model. Some of my measurements are a little iffy. You can not see both ends of a 25ft tape when one end is on a line in the dirt and you are 20 some feet away. Measurements that I know are correct are the first pieces made. I adjust from there if I need to.

I do not have measurements to give. I did not write then down. This is all the pieces prior to assembly. Some of my pieces are made as add on pieces so I can paint them before assembly. Better paint job.

The grooves you see in the ends are so I can slide the wheels to tension the track on assembly.
This shows the slide assembly, The actual tensioning is done in the pocket you can see in the side of the track frame.

The small eye photo is the lifting eyes that are on the four corners of the chassie. The assembly crew in real life uses them to make there rigging a little easier. The small chamfer that is glued on the eye are for the weld joints that hold them in.

I do not have any photos of the 16 track rollers that goes in the bottom edge of the track frame. I will show the wheels later. Enjoy.

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#1 posted 11-01-2019 04:35 PM

Thanks for taking the time to share your story. Very interesting!

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#2 posted 11-01-2019 07:35 PM

I looked at these first pictures from my builds frame of reference, then the last two pictures tell a whole different story of one huge model.
Great work and love the size for all the details you can add to it, looking good for sure!!!

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#3 posted 11-01-2019 10:08 PM

Thanks for sharing your process and thinking.

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#4 posted 11-01-2019 10:41 PM

Blimey sir, this is huge….
These photos really get the size of the model over to the viewer…..

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

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