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Toy costruction #33: Mack Truck Steering

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Blog entry by htl posted 04-03-2016 11:53 PM 724 reads 0 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 32: Truck cab and back axial Part 33 of Toy costruction series Part 34: Mack grill, front bumper and safety cage »

The Gatto truck plans have movable steering but not to my liking, they used little tabs to hold the main pivot point and that looked like it would be a weak spot so tried something a little different to get er done.

These parts will be seeing a lot a twisting and turning so socked them in super glue to help strengthen them.

I don’t seem to be very good at rounding edges free hand so used a rounding jig to get a much better look.

I went back after the pictures and cut and sanded parts that were binding.
I’ll still need to sand and buff every thing up but thought I better let it set over night and set up.
I did it once don’t want to have to redo it.
That’s all folks.

-- There's a hundred ways to do anything, alot depends on the tools at hand.



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johnstoneb

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#1 posted 04-04-2016 02:17 AM

That front axle looks good. Your design is very close to what is on the actual truck and looks plenty strong.

-- Bruce, Boise, ID

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Dutchy

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#2 posted 04-04-2016 06:31 AM

I had a hunch you would make movable steering and indeed there it is. I like this very much. Thanks for sharing.

-- My englisch is bad but how is your dutch?

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LittleBlackDuck

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#3 posted 04-04-2016 08:08 AM


I don t seem to be very good at rounding edges free hand so used a rounding jig to get a much better look.

You need some lessons from a certain Dutchman…

Keep up this level of detail and you’ll be able to drive your next model.

-- There's two ways to do things... My way or the right way.. LBD

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JoeinGa

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#4 posted 04-04-2016 12:29 PM

I agree with Bruce in Boise above. Nice job

-- Perform A Random Act Of Kindness Today ... Pay It Forward

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htl

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#5 posted 04-04-2016 12:59 PM

I just thought it really looked cool when the front wheels were turned so figured why not and gave it a try.
This was a poser project. lol

-- There's a hundred ways to do anything, alot depends on the tools at hand.

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htl

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#6 posted 04-04-2016 01:23 PM

Really for me drilling a hole near the end of a part then slip it over a dowel to sand is a pretty fast way to get it just right.
No marking of parts and they come out the same every time.

I still need to sand a little clearance between the wheel and the privet arm, glue up the dowels and mount it in place.

I know I go on and on at some points and are simple tips but they may help some one starting out to not have to reinvent the wheel so to speak.
Just my $.02

I’ve asked this before but do any of you have some favorite model building sites that have helped you?

-- There's a hundred ways to do anything, alot depends on the tools at hand.

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LittleBlackDuck

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#7 posted 04-04-2016 11:42 PM

Bruce, all your tips ARE greatly appreciated. You (and Dutchy) have revised a lot of my practices. It was my typical tongue in cheek comment. I’d complain if I won $10,000,00 dollars. After all one can only say great job about 1,000 times before it becomes repetitive.

-- There's two ways to do things... My way or the right way.. LBD

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htl

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#8 posted 04-05-2016 12:52 AM

Your tongue and cheek is what I enjoy ,man we got to try and keep things lively.
Take T&J site man that’s one dead place, there’s so much talent but no one wants to share just take.

Ducky I would love to see and hear a little about your lazer builds looks interesting from what little I’ve seen of it.

-- There's a hundred ways to do anything, alot depends on the tools at hand.

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LittleBlackDuck

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#9 posted 04-05-2016 03:55 AM

Bruce, I mainly use the laser to cut those crappy small intricate pieces, that challenge the presence of fingers, for “truck” builds (and routing templates out of 6mm MDF for the large curved pieces)

I’d would love to share my other two passions,
1. Laser cutting timber for builds (and jigs).
2. 3D printing for the workshop.
however, I will start up a new project/blog once I can figure out how to do things. You being a vet. of posting, what is the generally acceptable size of photos (in pixel dimensions). Can I directly upload them or do I need to use some sort of media like PhotoBucket (I did make a blog but that was a few days ago and I am over 65 so I can’t remember)..

-- There's two ways to do things... My way or the right way.. LBD

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htl

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#10 posted 04-05-2016 05:27 AM

Ducky I’m 66 so can’t remember what I was going to say.
But on another note,I just use my Canon camera to take my pictures and the LJ shrinks them down some what.
I save my pictures to a file then just use the LJ software to down load it.
It’s not like T&J where it’s like pulling teeth to post a picture.

Just click on the img button show the program where you saved the picture and down load.
There’s a good how to on here some where.

-- There's a hundred ways to do anything, alot depends on the tools at hand.

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LittleBlackDuck

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#11 posted 04-05-2016 06:30 AM

You old bugger…, however I can still call you junior as a register my 67th in a few days… BTW. It doesn’t have to be big, but expensive… my prezzie.

It’s all coming back… including my name. Will have an attempt and keep you posted (hopefully better than Australia Post who take 5 days to deliver a letter in the same town).

-- There's two ways to do things... My way or the right way.. LBD

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