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#1 Tony Bryan

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Posted 29 November 2012 - 09:38 PM

Finally finished this, taken awhile but it is done, This was the original Cat kit by KFS, the one that got Howard in a whole lot of trouble with copyright

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#2 GeeBee

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Posted 30 November 2012 - 01:30 AM

Superb model .... Howard certainly does some nice stuff

#3 Mr mopar

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Posted 30 November 2012 - 02:43 AM

Nice work Tony........................... KFS has some vary nice stuff.

#4 Doobie

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Posted 30 November 2012 - 03:04 AM

What did you use for the engine?


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#5 ChrisR

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Posted 30 November 2012 - 05:02 AM

Often looked at the kit. After seeing how nice you did yours I almost convinced fo get it>

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Posted 30 November 2012 - 05:14 AM

good looking Cat



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Posted 30 November 2012 - 06:03 AM

Often looked at the kit. After seeing how nice you did yours I almost convinced fo get it>

You can still get an 360 from KFS but as stated you wont get the CAT one its now a generic excavator its still a great kit tho and very heavy

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Posted 30 November 2012 - 08:48 AM

looks great..



#9 Tony Bryan

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Posted 30 November 2012 - 04:33 PM

Thanks for all the kind words, 

I fitted a 3406, cut the door open, added a hydraulic tank and filter, as well as a hydraulic bank

KFS do not sell any machines now,(the excavator or the michigan L190) the final run was done beginning of this year, and he will not be doing any more, which is a shame, as they are nice kits, and certainly a market for them.....

 

 

Took a few pics in the sand pit, had to test the hydraulics before delivery :)
 
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#10 Chillyb1

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Posted 30 November 2012 - 05:24 PM

That is just unbelievably cool. I'll never build one but I really love these kinds of heavy equipment things. Very nicely done. 



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Posted 30 November 2012 - 05:52 PM

very nice build as yours always are.............i wouldn't even think about putting it in that sand pile though. i can't even stand a little dust on my stuff. lol



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Posted 30 November 2012 - 06:46 PM

:wub:



#13 Fat Brian

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Posted 30 November 2012 - 08:47 PM

That is very nice, I spend about all day around these things and yours looks really good. It's a shame that such a well done kit isn't available anymore.



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Posted 30 November 2012 - 08:56 PM

Outstanding is all that comes to mind...Outstanding....



#15 chuckyr

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Posted 01 December 2012 - 12:50 AM

That is very nice, I spend about all day around these things and yours looks really good. It's a shame that such a well done kit isn't available anymore.

 

 

Because they didn't sell well.



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Posted 01 December 2012 - 06:43 AM

Very nice rendering! Too bad there isn't more 1:24-1:25 scale models of heavy equipment like this. If I do remember well, this particular kit from KFS was pretty expensive so that might have turned some people off. But it IS very nice.


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Posted 01 December 2012 - 07:15 AM

Ron Andrews over at RMR  has a 25th scale Komatsu excavator. It runs about 90 or 95 bucks, I got mine so long ago,I've forgotten, to be honest with ya. It's still listed in his website, and it IS a VERY nice model when it's done. It doesn't SAY it's a Komatsu, but it sure looks like one. it also resembles that Cat excavator too, so maybe with a deft hand at painting or decaling, you could make it either! Hth.



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Posted 01 December 2012 - 07:54 AM

Very nice Tony!!!!! I'm saving mine for an upgrade kit of the full engine and hydraulic system. A good friend that is a master at building scale diesel engines was supposed to make everything so it could be cast. Were doing the same thing for the Michigan loader as well.



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Posted 02 December 2012 - 04:18 AM

That is really awsume, looks so realistic...



#20 Tony Bryan

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Posted 05 December 2012 - 11:32 PM

Thanks guys for all to kind words

 

 

Ben

If you are going to full hydraulic, then it is much better to rebuild the whole top section, so you can open all the doors, the frame is to thick to use, so best to rebuild the lot, and vac form all the doors to suit, I have started a 1/16th version but different brand which I am scratch building the whole thing doing the same, so many projects so little time, when it is over half done I will post some pics

When you cast some of the michigan parts let me know, I have the same kit to build, but not for awhile yet

 

 

Very nice Tony!!!!! I'm saving mine for an upgrade kit of the full engine and hydraulic system. A good friend that is a master at building scale diesel engines was supposed to make everything so it could be cast. Were doing the same thing for the Michigan loader as well.