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Made and installed the track tensioners tonight.  These are actually operable with a tiny screw to get the track to the proper tension. Also made up the push roller assembly and installed it. Put the tracks on for the first time......looks passable! I keep looking at the details to add and it is simply daunting.  WAY more details than any of my previous scratch builds. 

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12 minutes ago, redneckrigger said:

Ha! Sure, probably could, but I’d have to kick my own tail if I broke it! Don't really know why I’m putting so much detail into it, but it’s kinda got a life of it’s own and is getting out if hand!  

Hahaha.....very recognizable to me.??

 

Hermann.

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27 minutes ago, Hermann Kersten said:

Hahaha.....very recognizable to me.??

 

Hermann.

And, as always, the options and just how far to go with details always overwhelm me. And, also as always, one of the main things that get me all wound up is how to paint my builds. I am NOT an experienced weatherer, and have only just started to do a very TINY bit of weathering on my builds. I tend to make my stuff look like it just came out of the paint shop, which is understandable, as I used to own a paint shop where we painted just about everything from cars to equipment to airplanes! Since this is such a complex build, it will be painted in many parts, then assembled. But the subject of weathering will most likely make me lose a bunch of sleep before I arrive at the inevitable decision of making it look new!!! And, I KNOW what they look like when they get used and dirty, as I used to run most of this stuff.................but I just lack the skill to make my builds look that way!

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   Tom ,

          I have been watching you build models from afar for several years now . And you just seem to keep raising the bar !

Having worked on a paving crew I can relate to the machine .

If there is one thing I would change ( might be tto late ?) It would be the hinges on the hopper wings . The way they are now .

Would obstruct the slide of the asphalt a bit.  And again I saw what you have done here is really cool and way above my pay grade !

 

  Be Well

  Gator

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On 3/4/2020 at 3:34 AM, gatorincebu said:

 

   Tom ,

          I have been watching you build models from afar for several years now . And you just seem to keep raising the bar !

Having worked on a paving crew I can relate to the machine .

If there is one thing I would change ( might be tto late ?) It would be the hinges on the hopper wings . The way they are now .

Would obstruct the slide of the asphalt a bit.  And again I saw what you have done here is really cool and way above my pay grade !

 

  Be Well

  Gator

The hinges get covered by a slanted shield with a rubber flap that also covers the chain and exposes only the drag bars.  That is still to be added.  Thanks Gator.....those shields would have already been done but I was stymied by what to use for the rubber flaps until today. Think I’m going to try electrical tape stuck face to face to make rubber flaps and see how it works.  Of course that is all subject to how it looks.  One step at a time!

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Working on the engine enclosure, the engine, and the belt drive to the main gearbox and hydraulic pump.  Added the flywheel and drive pulley to the engine and got the radiator and hood made up. Made the driven belt pulley and still have to mount it all. Just got back to the bench, one of my Labs had a spinal stroke a week ago and that took a lot of my time but she is recovering. They are family and family always comes first! But the build is on track again one step at a time!

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Enough for today........gas tank, hydraulic tank, battery box and operator’s platform deck supports and side sheet metal framework installed. One day of building and work bench looks like it had a bomb dropped on it! Next step is make and install the hopper hydraulic cylinders and make the decking, engine side covers, screed decking, hopper shields, tamper drive guards, feed and discharge gates, feeder drag bars, seats, controls, etc., etc., etc.!

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Operator’s platform made up and the removable floorplate sections all made so they have locating pins to keep them in place. The screed operator’s platform is installed and the side sheet metal and their mounting supports are in place.  Got hopper hydraulic cylinders made and installed. Now working on a set of engine side covers.

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7 minutes ago, gatorincebu said:

 

 This just keeps getting better and better ! I love it !

 

 Be Well

  Gator

Thanks Marc...............and with every step I advance, I find about 12 more that I didn't realize were ahead of me! But, this is exactly the type of thing that keeps me interested, and at the bench!

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Still speechless ..every update is just coming blowing .

Not sure if you've tackled the rubber flaps Gator mentioned,  but would rubber from a bike inner tube work? I've been using pieces for mud flaps and such recently,  and very happy with the appearance.  

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Installed intake and exhaust on the engine.  Mocked up the hopper shields and installed the screed lift cylinders. Installed hinges on the engine enclosure. Installed the screed operator’s grating also. Tons of little details left.  Still figuring what to use for rubber flaps.  Need something very thin and flexible but it can wait until the very end.  

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5 minutes ago, Chariots of Fire said:

You keep going and the Decker Construction Company is going to need a bigger shop!?

Looks sadly like we're all going to have surplus building time soon. Don’t know about my brother builders but I'm finding it hard to focus at this time but I’m certainly trying!  Hope all are being safe and staying healthy! We outgrew our shop a while ago!

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For soft floppy rubber flaps I would take some electrical tape, remove its adhesive (Naphtha should take it off), and use the leftover black vinyl.  It is very thin and flexible, yet it still has some stiffness to it.

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On 3/16/2020 at 11:18 PM, Chariots of Fire said:

This whole mess can cause one to get a bit edgy.  I don't know what the future will bring but I know One who does.  Nothing to fear, really.

I like your way of thinking Charlie! I get home at night, and simply don't have much left lately. Seeing so many of my customers coming in all day long with real fear in their eyes leaves a lasting impression. But, as always, in modelling and in life, your words carry great weight sir!

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