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Blog entry by Pjonesy posted 12-18-2016 03:22 AM 2041 reads 0 times favorited 22 comments Add to Favorites Watch
no previous part Part 1 of Road Grader series Part 2: I did do something over the Christmas period »

I started this a few weeks ago so I thought maybe it’s time to share the progress with my fellow model makers.
Most of the wood is American Cherry and Walnut. I have added a few small pieces on New Zealand Swamp Kauri.
All the dark colored dowel’s were made by me (see my blog on making dowel’s with a router).
Grader front half. photo IMG_7181_zpsrhiuvr6k.jpg

Grader steering. photo IMG_7183_zpsbd0tjzjw.jpg

Grader front steering photo IMG_7185_zpsuosfwfrm.jpg

Grader Engine cover photo IMG_7186_zpsj7usxokd.jpg

Grader front half. 1 photo IMG_7184_zps1umtfzih.jpg

Grader front steering 1 photo IMG_7182_zpsj6l2aqjo.jpg

Rear half right photo IMG_7189_zps6uf0yoyk.jpg

Rear half steering setup photo IMG_7192_zpsyjjfdnvy.jpg

Rear half  photo IMG_7190_zpsvsflac9k.jpg

 photo IMG_7191_zpsp7zxnqej.jpg

Front and rear together temporary photo IMG_7193_zpsywwgumfq.jpg

Front and rear together temporary top photo IMG_7194_zpsmuepfop1.jpg

Front and rear together temporary under side photo IMG_7195_zpsal2sqoyy.jpg

Hopefully I will get a bit more done before Christmas. Speaking of Christmas I would like to wish all my fellow timber technicians a very merry Christmas and all the best for 2017

-- Peter New Zealand



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ralbuck

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#1 posted 12-18-2016 04:42 AM

Do NOT keep track of your hours; or you will not make another one!

Looking great, many more hours to go too.

-- Wood rescue is good for the environment and me! just rjR

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crowie

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#2 posted 12-18-2016 04:44 AM

WOW Peter, you are well and truly down the track with the project – looks good sir!!

-- Lifes good, Enjoy each new day...... Cheers from "On Top DownUnder" Crowie

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snapper1

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#3 posted 12-18-2016 04:48 AM

Peter
Its looking great , very detailed and that makes a big difference .

How do you find the Gatto plan compared to the Toys and Joys plans?

Garry

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Northwest29

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#4 posted 12-18-2016 05:35 AM

Peter, looks great. Well done – keep it up.

-- Ron, Eugene, OR, "Curiosity is a terrible thing to waste."

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Pjonesy

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#5 posted 12-18-2016 06:11 AM

I never really keep track of the hours when making models for fun. If you start counting ours the enjoyment will soon disappear.


Do NOT keep track of your hours; or you will not make another one!

Looking great, many more hours to go too.

- ralbuck


-- Peter New Zealand

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htl

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#6 posted 12-18-2016 06:18 AM

Out standing details, really like all the dowel work really will set it off.
And love the hydraulics on the front steering.
The Gatto shows a lot more detail compared to the T&J and to me has a more leaner look..
Thanks for the build pictures. Great!

-- Learn More About Making Wooden Models. An Index Of My Model making Blogs. http://lumberjocks.com/htl/blog/116729

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Pjonesy

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#7 posted 12-18-2016 06:19 AM

So far the plans have been very good, not perfect. I am about half way through and there have been a couple of errors but if you read the advice and pre fit things there shouldn’t be to many dramas.
The plans are much more detailed than T&J’s and because Karl personally struck me off Toys and Joys mailing list for pointing out errors in their plans, I will not be going back.


Peter
Its looking great , very detailed and that makes a big difference .

How do you find the Gatto plan compared to the Toys and Joys plans?

Garry

- snapper1


-- Peter New Zealand

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snapper1

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#8 posted 12-18-2016 07:31 AM

I agree with the comments re time/ hours
People who ask me how many hours have gone into a model are often surprised when I say “I dunnow “

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Dutchy

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#9 posted 12-18-2016 08:40 AM

I don’t see what it is, but despite that it’s looking great Peter. Nice details and made with patience and love.

Thanks for sharing.

-- https://dutchypatterns.com/

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#10 posted 12-18-2016 09:01 AM

Great job so far PJ. Must agree that the Gatto raises the detail level another notch which you have addressed skilfully.

Thing I hate about Gatto’s is that the plans are not to scale and to build you have to read... UGH!

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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htl

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#11 posted 12-18-2016 05:27 PM

From the few Gatto plans I’ve used the semi and Sprint car, most of the pictures are printed 1/2 the size they need to be for building [to save paper, I should think] so blow them up and their good, but have no idea about the grader and such.

And like Ducky said you need to do a lot a reading to get the idea but if T&J did this a little it sure would help.
I noticed with the Gatto Semi they come on nice brown paper but they added an extra [white paper] page with added info I would guess as they saw there was a need for further instructions and hints. A thumbs up for that.

I must say I love all the extra details, will make it one outstanding project but I’ll have to stay closer to the toy fracture to save the nerves. LOL

-- Learn More About Making Wooden Models. An Index Of My Model making Blogs. http://lumberjocks.com/htl/blog/116729

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LittleBlackDuck

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#12 posted 12-19-2016 03:45 AM

PJ, while I haven’t built a Gatto’s model yet, I have imported a few plans into SketchUp. I’m probably saying what you may already know, however, I shall ”repeat” for all the Americans who’s timeframe is now roughly 2:30am and are currently in the dark…

I found that at times the lengths supplied in the plans conflict with their associated quoted angles. I asked the question of Mr. Gatto “which should take precedence?” but got no reply. Fortunately after importing into SU it worked itself out. The SU drawings are available in my Dropbox if interested.

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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LittleBlackDuck

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#13 posted 12-19-2016 03:54 AM


I don t see what it is, but despite that it s looking great Peter.

- Dutchy


For all you other people that don’t know what it looks like, here is a SU screen dump (unfortunately it’s in English… bocsánat),

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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Dutchy

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#14 posted 12-19-2016 05:43 PM


I don t see what it is, but despite that it s looking great Peter.

- Dutchy

For all you other people that don t know what it looks like, here is a SU screen dump (unfortunately it s in English… bocsánat),

- LittleBlackDuck

O het is een wegenschaaf. Dankjewel Eendje,

-- https://dutchypatterns.com/

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htl

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#15 posted 12-19-2016 07:47 PM

Has a different look from the T&J grader, thinner longer looking to me and again more details..

-- Learn More About Making Wooden Models. An Index Of My Model making Blogs. http://lumberjocks.com/htl/blog/116729

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