Grader No 3 from Gatto plans

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Project by Pjonesy posted 03-12-2022 02:10 AM 847 views 0 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Sorry to bore some people with another grade, however the first two were sold to raise $1800.00 for a children’s hospital appeal here in Auckland New Zealand.
Consequently I had to make another one for my self.
This one is slightly different in a few areas like the rebated closing side of the cab doors. I also changed the way the doors lock work with the rebated doors. Just seemed like a better solution for me.
Most of the grader is made from American Cherry that is a little darker than normal.
Tyres are ebonized Mahogany and wheels are Holly. Engine and rippers are Walnut.
This is a great model to build with heaps of detail and just as pleasing after No3 to build.

-- Don't tell me it can't be done.

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#1 posted 03-12-2022 02:47 AM

Wow. This is so detailed. I assumed the tires were actually rubber but then read the description. Once again wow! Great project.

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#2 posted 03-12-2022 02:51 AM

I’m continually amazed and impressed at the level of precision and detail you guys achieve on these models.

Thanks for sharing it with us, it looks terrific!

-- Jim, Georgia, USA

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#3 posted 03-12-2022 03:20 AM

That is so detailed that if you could find an operator it could go to work tomorrow
Great job

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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#4 posted 03-12-2022 03:41 AM

Hello Peter man that is some superb work and as you say it looks detailed and intricate. That would fire up the cerebrum. Choice of woods seems a really good fit.
Thanks for sharing and congratulations on the fund raiser that is no mean feat.

Regards, Kerry

-- Kerry, Melbourne Australia

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#5 posted 03-12-2022 03:49 AM

wow beautiful work.not a model maker but i sure do aprreciate craftsmanship when i see it.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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#6 posted 03-12-2022 07:41 AM

The third, but I still like them. Not boring at all. Great execution. I have the drawing of this one but I never got around to it.


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#7 posted 03-12-2022 08:20 AM

Sorry to bore some people with another grade,...
- Pjonesy
Yawn... wuz gonna say it’s getting boring saying great build, however, it is... so punch me for being boring.

You certainly set a solid Gattos model into concrete... Shame there is no progressive build happy snaps.

This one singly should beat the measly $1,800 for the other two…

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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#8 posted 03-12-2022 10:44 AM

Nothing boring Peter about a beautiful handmade timber model that’s been so well done by a top craftsman.
Also sir, top marks for the previous one that raised an awesome bundle of cash for the children’s hospital.
Well done all round!

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

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#9 posted 03-12-2022 12:31 PM

That is an amazing build, with wonderful craftsmanship. Very detailed all around, down to an oil filter on the engine. That is ready to start working.

An congratulations on the fund raiser, that is always wonderful news to hear.

-- Eric, building the dream. the "Loft"

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#10 posted 03-12-2022 02:07 PM

I agree what’s been said. Very detailed and great workmanship.


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#11 posted 03-12-2022 03:05 PM

Just a Fantastic build great work great job

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#12 posted 03-12-2022 06:49 PM

Beautiful build!

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#13 posted 03-12-2022 06:57 PM

first let me say im glad you got that much for children’s hospital

second let me say i never get tired of seeing your wonderful work and this one is as good as other 2 love your wood choices GREAT JOB :<)))))))))

GREAT CAUSE :<)))))))))))))

-- Tony---- Reinholds,Pa.------ REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN :<))

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#14 posted 03-12-2022 09:42 PM

You are an inspiration to those that love model building. Your models are works of art. Another fabulous build.

-- TimV: The understanding eye sees the maker's fingerprints. They are evident in every detail ... Leave Fingerprints. Author: James Krenov

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#15 posted 03-13-2022 12:05 AM

My grandson saw your grader and thought it was really great. Then he asked me if I could build him one. Hahahaha!

-- "Faith is a better tool than than fear to process a crisis. Fear views a crisis as a threat. Faith views a crisis as a means for God to work a higher purpose. “

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