Photos and info on 1/8th scale model 5130 #6: Excavator bucket

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Blog entry by hookfoot posted 11-13-2019 01:23 AM 686 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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To build the bucket I had to buy the canoe bit set for the router. Self explanatory when you see the photos. This is the form I made to construct part of the bucket. Setting on the floor is that part. The wide slat on the bottom left after squaring with the form I screwed it down to build the bucket. The holes were covered later. I do not remember the width of the small slate. I think they were 1/4in by 7/16th. They were edged with the canoe bits in the router. I only glued the amount of pieces that you see in the first set. Gut call, I just felt that was the way to go. It was easy to clamp. After the glue set I scraped the concave part for the shaping. The out side I just used my random orbiter sander. I squared the edges with my miter chop saw. The ends were glued to the end grain which I reinforced with a small bevel strip that I made to fit the inside contour of the bucket. I tell everyone that is my wooden weld. When I shaped it I left it rounded with the sanding marks and it does look like a weld joint. I have used this a lot over the years. I tested it on my shop floor by dropping my test piece, plus kicking it around and it held up. Both ends in place, with the welds. These add on pieces were made with the help of a pattern bit in the router. Here they are just held in place with double faced tape.

I have to let the photos speak for themselves because I do not remember every step. They are built one piece at a time. This photo is to show the bottom reinforced piece (wear plate) on the bucket. I do not have any good shots of this piece It was made from 1/8th in baltic birch plywood. I used a 1/4in. straight bit to make the cut outs. The ears that is sticking up on the top is where the boom attaches.. There are not many photos of this operation. The area where it was taped of when I painted the bucket so it could be glued at a latter time. This is a better shot of the bottom wear plate. I bent it with heat(heat gun) prior to gluing. These are the side wear plates painted. You get a better paint job by doing it in this manner. These last two photos will help show the transitioning to the boom. I use 1/4 by 20 all thread for all my swivel points in a 1/4in hole. No slop this way.

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#1 posted 11-13-2019 01:32 AM

Oh my, that epic….

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

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#2 posted 11-13-2019 07:14 AM

OMG another item for my bucket list!

gotta love the effort there Hookie!

-- Regards Rob

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#3 posted 11-13-2019 07:17 AM

I actually worked on a Marion refit many years ago, so its most interesting !

I take it you have seen the Big Muskie!

Keep up the good work hopefully you will get over the burden !!

-- Regards Rob

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#4 posted 11-14-2019 02:16 AM

Beautiful work and project!!!
Just love the larger sizes, so you can add so many great details, I know you can do it in the smaller scale but it’s just not the same to me.
Again nice work!!!

I don’t know if you’ve had a chance to see his work but “here's another builder that works in the bigger sizes

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