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  1. I checked some of my AMT tractors and they are between 91 and 98 mm to the out side of the tires. I have a glue bomb DM800 that I haven't rebuilt yet. It measures 106mm to the outside of the front tires. Therefore I think that you could take a 10mm section out of the front axle. You will also have to shorten the tie rod by the same amount. You could reinforce the axle by drilling and pinning the two sections. In 1/25th scale I use 1mm=1inch. Good luck Carl
  2. I like where you're going with this project. Will the dome shell get a glass resin overcoat? Its looking good Carl
  3. this is part of my collection in a couple display cases. I mounted them on wheels so they are a bit mobile Carl
  4. Excellent job. Always like to see construction models. a real nice work of art Carl
  5. well done Pat. beautiful work of art. I have enjoyed watching this build come together. carl
  6. Like Ellen, I name all my dioramas. But there won't be anymore pics thanks to the greedy clowns a PB Carl
  7. Very nice job of scratch building. Good looking Field Boss. Are you planning to build any attachments for your tractor? Carl
  8. Great looking gas wagon, Pat. As I remember back in the day, gas trucks had a grounding chain dragging along under the rear bumper. I'm not sure when that practice ended. Carl
  9. 12 foot ceilings are quite common is garages especially if you plan to install a floor hoist. You could always install roof trusses on 4' centres to fill up some of the unused space. It is a useful looking box Carl
  10. I've built a couple winter dioramas and have used Styrofoam boards for the snow banks. The blue extruded stuff for flat areas and the white bead board for banks and lumpy areas. I used drywall compound and Woodland Scenics flex-paste to smooth things out. The white beadboard should work well for the roadside banks in your dio. Carl
  11. Great looking shunt truck. It kind of looks like an airport tugger. Carl
  12. I use plastic knitting needles for shafts and rods, They machine well and work with styrene glues. In Canada they are sized in millimeters I'm not sure how they are sized in the States. 5/16th = 7.91 mm therefore an 8mm needle would be the equivalent size. Carl
  13. That's the one . He's an albino less than acurate weather forcasting ground hog. Any excuse for a mid-winter party Carl
  14. Nice job of scratch building. Ag models are few and far between in 1/24th scale. Where did you source your tires? Carl
  15. Not up here, Wiarton Willie saw no shadow (snowing too hard). So we'll only have a month and a half more winter, followed by another month of not quite spring yet. Carl
  16. Sharp paint job, Jim. That is a very nice model. Carl
  17. When we built our house several years ago I claimed a room at one end of the basement as my model room. This is where I build, store and display my models. I started out by building a 12 x 8 foot display table like a model train board. This worked well for my truck models but didn't work for my dioramas. It is now filled to overflowing so the models expanded into other parts of the basement. The first display case i bought was a 100 gal aquarium. This works well but is very heavy. I have it on an industrial stand with wheels under it. There is an extension on the lid to accommodate the over height hydro pole. Everything has to be added from the top down which is a pain when working on the lower tier. Many years ago a local jewellery store closed and I bought one of their display cases. It is a single level 5’unit. I have a couple dioramas in it I later bought a couple more jewellery store cases. Since my wife passed away a little over a year ago I have migrated these cases for my models to the main floor of the house. They are both mounted on casters and easy to roll about. Occasionally I take some of them to construction shows in the area. These two cases are the ones that have some of my more treasured models and dioramas. Some of the rest of my dios are hanging on shelves in the model room Or appear on this photo diorama which is a backdrop for many of my work in progress models that you may have seen in the past Out in my garage are a pair of freebie cabinets that I use to keep many of my diecasts and a few models And I’m still short of display space. Carl
  18. Thanks for the kind words guys. I too am always on the lookout for 1/24-1/25 scale construction models. I've managed to snag several diecast dozers and loaders. But kits are few and far between. Maybe the release of the Heller Ferguson tractor kit will encourage companies to produce more industrial type models Carl
  19. Good looking tractor, Chuck. I just picked up a pair of them. I haven't started them yet. From what I can see they should build into excellent models. It needs some attachment. I'm thinking a two furrow plough or a siccle bar mower. as possible three point scratch builds. Carl
  20. This is another one of my toy conversions. The roller was made by Reliable Toys Toronto in the 1960's. I found this one at the Milton Steam show and it followed me home. It is made of polyethylene or polypropylene so it is kind of rubbery and hard to glue. These are the before pics The float head mill is a 1/25th scale model and is there for scale reference only. It looks very much like a Buffalo -Springfield or an earlier Buffalo - Pitts roller I stripped the toy down painted it up and added some details like steering and flywheels and flyballs. The driver was molded into the toy so I just painted him a bit. These are the after pics It makes for a decent yard model. From a yard away it looks OK. Up close not so much. It was another change of pace model. Its probably time I got into something a bit more main stream. Thanks for looking Carl
  21. These are pictures of a quad-six that was a standby power unit for the Oshawa water works. It was connected directly to an emergency water pump.
  22. Thanks Guys for all the kind words. I enjoy building these sort of projects. Besides being a bit of a challenge and a change of pace, they are a good way to reduce inventory in the parts box. Carl
  23. This is the conversion of a Revell toy Cat Grader into a Scale model. Revell had a series of plastic Cat toys back in the 50's. This grader was probably 1/27th scale bit its close enough to pass as a 1/25. It is actually a bit of a No.10 and No.11 Cat Auto Patrol grader. Not strictly accurate but close enough for me. This is what I started with This is what the conversion looks like The rear wheels and tires are from a Hot Wheels monster truck. The transaxle is a modified part of the Hot Wheels chassis. The front tires are from a Paystar kit. The jack shafts, front axle, cab and controls are all scratch built. I made my own decals using MS word and Testors decal paper. Eric the operator is a modified resin figure from the world of G-scale trains. I'm not sure of his ancestry. Some time in the future I may build a roadbed diorama for it. Thanks for looking Carl
  24. Thanks Guys. Don Mills was the name I was trying to remember. That's one of his that I used in the diorama above. Carl
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