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1:35th Wilford power shovel B

Started by Bernhard, December 28, 2021, 07:18:45 AM

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Your work is very well done for a neat result.


An excellent start. Like Frithjof, I also wondered why you used Loctite. (It seems like a good idea.) -- Russ


Good morning Bernard.
Happy New Year to you and your family.
Yes just echoing the rest of the comments. a very complex project a  very well done miniture.I particularly like the rivets a small item that is often not done well.
All the best Kim

Bill Gill

You are building another interesting, complicated machine.


Thanks guys for your appreciation and for your interest.
There are several ways to assemble structures with many parts. One is brazing and soldering. But I have not yet dared to braze, because I fear that the small parts warp or even burn. I therefore always solder the basic structure, so that it has enough stability. The remaining small parts are then glued with 2-component glue (or Loctite).



Hallo Bernhard,

For such cases, a resistance solder is very helpful.
Otherwise, I secure neighboring places with toothpaste. After soldering, everything is rinsed with water and soap.


Fortunately, I also have the holy grail of soldering technology, a resistor soldering unit. But the toothpaste is a good hint, I have never tried that. Thank you.


Ray Dunakin

As always, I am in awe of this stunning level of precision work!
Visit my website to see pics of the rugged and rocky In-ko-pah Railroad!

Ray Dunakin's World


Just amazing - so fine and precise - and a nice unusual model to build
Never Let someone who has done nothing tell you how to do anything
Stuart McPherson


I'm pretty speechless. What kind of glue do you use to fix the 3D prints to the brass frame?

I'll make it. If I have to fly the five feet like a birdie.
I'll fly it. I'll make it.

The comprehensive book about my work: "Vollendete Baukunst"


Volker, I normally use Araldite Rapid. It sticks very well, but in an emergency the parts can be removed without damage with a little care.
For very small parts, such as fake screw heads, I use CA instant glue.



Thank you for your interest.

The next subassembly are the track units.
This is what the original looks like, ...
(Image: Ray Dunakin)


... and this is the design for the model.


The basic bodies of the two crawler tracks are made of solid material.


The bearings for the idlers are soldered together in a simple jig, then cut to the correct length.