|Project by bushmaster||posted 02-26-2016 04:03 AM||2954 views||4 times favorited||21 comments|
I made this Model of and International S7 skidder while I was waiting for it to be delivered. It will be my next restoration project so will not be posting too many projects now. Spring is coming in the north and I have a million things that will need to be done. First will be to skid birch trees for firewood, usually keep the best parts for project wood. This big toy will make the job easy, need that in your old age.
I built this to basic scale by using the method I explained in building the Wolseley car I recently posted.
This time taking a picture and enlarging it to the size I wanted, and building from there. Chose a size comparable to the D9 that I posted http://lumberjocks.com/projects/214930
I will add a few extra pictures to show a few details that may help someone. It is very easy to make models from pictures, No plans needed, very little measurements needed, Just build to look good.
The wheels are fun to make. Make a pattern with equally spaced marks, cut slots on table saw, a miter guage and stop hold the wheel in place, sit at the rear of the saw and draw the blank toward you. It takes minutes, I used 25 degrees for the angle. Cut 4 wheels and then cut 4 more at opposite angle. Glue them together and bore the center out. YOU MUST BORE THE HOLE SO YOU GET 4 WHEELS POINTING IN THE SAME DIRECTION. Don’t make 4 for the same side or you will have to make more and will end up having to make another model.
The front axle on this model tips side to side like the real one. Pin is drilled all the way from the back end, one of those things you figure out as you go along.
Before long you have all the parts made and it is ready to for final assembly. The cab safety screen is just that, screen, cut and glued in place. I was happy with the result.
To get an operating winch took a few head scratching, what I came up with is to make the axel large and drill a hole part way through, use a pin that goes through the winch spool. then have an key with a slot cut in the end, when it is inserted in the hole it will index with the nail pin, then to secure the winch in place there is a hole drilled in the frame, drill a number of holes through to the axel then you can insert a pin, to pin it in place. I used a sewing stick pin.
Well lets fire it up and get some work done.
So thanks for looking, this was a fun project, next week starts the real fun, not sure how much though, this skidder has not been used for many years, and has a few issues, mainly brakes. Runs nice though. Have a great summer, will be checking your projects often. I do have a couple of things up my sleeve though.
Comments and suggestions are appreciated.
-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia