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turtle65

1937 C-65 Farm Crawler @ 24th scale

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:bye: all,

Needed a change from wheeled things (too lazy to scratch any tyres), so decided to try building a crawler. Being too tight to by Trumpeters version (plus it's the wrong scale) it was a case of doing some research and pestering overseas contacts but finally I had enough info to start the hack'n'slash :work: .

First off, better show where I hope to head i.e. 1:1 plan, GA view -

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So know we know what/how it's meant to look, next up it's time to make some flat plastic sheet look similar :rofl: .

Till the next installment _ _ _ _

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Installment #1:

Change of direction for me - normally I do the hard parts first, however this time I thought I'd be kind to myself for a change :angel: and start with some easy parts.

So :sorry: if this build lowers the standards any :

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and a small assortment of bits'n'pieces:

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Cheers for having a looksie, please feel free to point out any ugly bits of building or any mistakes or anything that doesn't seem right - I'm always open to "fresh eye's" and opinions.

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Wow, a brave man for sure!

Cool subject though, best of luck with this fascinating subject...

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I like what I'm seeing so far. The next update can't come soon enough.

Your pictures are good, and I like the coloured scale blocks. You've now given me ideas.

Thanks,

Bob

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Installment #2,

Thanks to all for those having a looksie and comments.

Thought it was time to slosh some glue around and see if any parts stay together :fraidnot: :

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:analintruder: amazingly some parts stayed together and it sort of resembles 'something'.

Updates after this short commercial break _ _ _ _

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I believe you have the key to scratch building. Break down the subject into manageable geometric shapes and go from that. Very nice work so far. What do the Russian words on the crawler say? Caterpillar? LOL.

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, and I like the coloured scale blocks. You've now given me ideas.

Thanks,

Bob

Hi ya Bob,

The scale block is something stolen from the paper modelling fraternity :tapedshut: . I'm sure 99.9% of the members wouldn't have a clue as to the size of an NZ 10 cent piece - so - at least the cm & inch scales are universal :) .

lordairgtar - yep 1st rule of scratcing is to break the subject down to it's most basic shape then build up in layers (reverse onion peeling).

Cheers to all.

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I would never say scratchbuilding lowered the standard, you're making a fine job of the crawler so far. You got me interested, I'll follow your build.

Colin

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:cheers: guys

As previously stated, please feel free to point out any shoddy workmanship, errors etc. etc.

Installment #3:

Lower track guards, nothing but nice simple basic scratch building :

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More to follow _ _ _ _

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I'm sure 99.9% of the members wouldn't have a clue as to the size of an NZ 10 cent piece - so - at least the cm & inch scales are universal :) .

I would. I still have one in my wallet. I miss living in NZ.

I'm going to enjoy watching this one. I love a good scratchbuild.

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Hi Roger

Time for me to give you a wee nudge too and get you mixing that itchy scratchy stuff up !!!!!!!!!!! Any update mate ??????

All the best

Nige

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easyAl - your not missing much at the moment in little ole NZ (unless you follow cricket/rugby/politics :sleep_1: ).

Nige - all in good time my friend, will let the others play catch-up first :tomato: . But there has been progression (albeit minor). A couple of GB's (on other sites :door: ) are providing a welcome distraction at the moment. Plus still working out which half-started half-finished projects should be continued, made into spares or binned - lots of things to keep my :mental: brain amused.

Cheers all for popping by.

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:badmood: Time for some boring repetitive work, track rollers :puke: , as you may guess not an area I was looking forward to:

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Made a start on them (note to self - must finish these) :doh: .

Updates - whenever :lol:

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Great work on the rollers, always a bit of a bummer to have to make so many. Did you scribe the inner disc onto the back of the front plate/rim to help with alignment? I try to mix uninteresting parts with easy and interesting aprts, keeps the build fresh. I've a plan to build an aircraft tug in 24th scale, thankfully it only has four wheels.

Colin

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Neil -oh so close to the truth :frantic:

Colin - I'll let these few photo's explain my method for the rollers, any Q's just shout out:

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And to answer the first unasked question :bleh: - yes the mini-drill is running with a speed controller (about 200rpm for this type of work).

And to answer the second unasked question - no the photo is not back to front. I'm left-handed so it's easier this way.

Till we meet again _ _ _ _

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Oooooooooo ,,,,,, that is clever Roger !!!! Need to try file that techneque away in the memory box !!!!!

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Magic pics, so how many did you ruin before you got the first one you were happy with? Hope it wasn't many.

Colin

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:bye: Colin - only one got harmed in the making of the rollers, the first 'trial' one. I always apply the old army adage - the 7P's =

Prior

Planning and

Preparation

Prevents

P :shutup: s

Poor

Performance.

Anywho on with various other areas, yay nice simple scratching - Track frame time:

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As always, feel free to point out any scruffy areas or mistakes. Best method of critique is from "fresh eyes and minds".

More to follow _ _ _ _

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When doing multiples of a part (rollers) make one, resin cast the rest.

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Resin casting this type of thing isn't really a viable solution, neither time or cost wise.

I can have the entire lot made in far less time than it would take to wait for the RTV to cure. Plus if you factor the cost, it's pretty much a no brainer (particularly if you have a very limited budget).

Also the amount of work involved later with aligning, drilling and gluing the resin pieces this will easily triple the amount of work involved by simply using styrene from start to finish.

This is where the 7P's and KISS come into play:

Keep

It

Simple

Stupid

i.e. don't create additional work for yourself. :winkgrin:

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