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Project by bushmaster posted 02-26-2016 04:03 AM 2767 views 4 times favorited 21 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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.
http://lumberjocks.com/projects/221714
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





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#1 posted 02-26-2016 04:13 AM

Totally awesome

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#2 posted 02-26-2016 04:23 AM

Very neat project. Thanks for sharing.

-- Tyvekboy -- Marietta, GA ………….. one can never be too organized

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#3 posted 02-26-2016 04:42 AM

Hey Brian, it’s been 40 years since I hooked chokers for a skidder. Should be really useful for you, good luck with the restoration.

-- John, Sunshine Coast, BC, Canada.

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#4 posted 02-26-2016 04:52 AM

Now that’s one very impressive wooden toy Brian, especial the axle articulation….
I noticed you used a single saw cut for the wheel halves rather than on a dado set and I think your look better.

BUT sir, the real one looks like it does need some serious TLC….all the best..
Sent some of your cool weather “downunder” as we’ve just had a week of high 90’s to yesterday of 110def”F”.

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

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#5 posted 02-26-2016 10:42 AM

Awsome toy model. Those wheels looks great.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#6 posted 02-26-2016 11:14 AM

Very well done, I love the wheels and the overall look of the skidder!

-- Jim, Marostica Italy

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#7 posted 02-26-2016 02:26 PM

Very nice work.

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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#8 posted 02-26-2016 03:05 PM

Not a toy, a true work of art….What a great replica.

-- JimInNM........Space Case

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#9 posted 02-26-2016 03:32 PM

Excellent job Brian. I love how you articulated the axles !

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#10 posted 02-26-2016 03:32 PM

I like your style. Use a picture to build something and make it look good! That’s creativity at it’s best.
Well done!
Roman

-- Roman:... These Boots Were Made For 'Talkin'!

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#11 posted 02-26-2016 03:39 PM

Beautiful toys, great work! Thanks for sharing.

-- Think, make and share.

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#12 posted 02-26-2016 05:15 PM

Fantastic work!

The newer Case/IHC 4 wheel drive tractors & loaders are made in Fargo ND about 5 miles from where I used to live. They do give walking factory tours; NO CAMERA slowed though! You can take all of the pictures you desire outside the building; just not of the production operations!
Very interesting tour.

Congratulations on both projects. I am sure the skidder will turn out as nice as the A. C. did!

-- just rjR

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#13 posted 02-26-2016 06:16 PM

Brian, you did a beautiful piece of work on this miniature.

helluvawreck aka Charles
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-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#14 posted 02-26-2016 08:15 PM

Very cool! Well done.

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#15 posted 02-26-2016 08:39 PM

Hello Brian,

Great job and looks like you have recovered some trees already!!

Now on a more serious noe:
I was impressed with your Wolseley car project and I was going to ask about my idea of building a Double decker Bus.

I liked the method you used on the car and it looked to be something I could do.
The Skidder post prompted me again, so here we go
I used to travel in these buses with my grandmother when she took me to the beach and I had fond memories of the times.
Hence the inspiration to build a model of a long gone mode of transport now.

The only information or plans I could find was this drawing.

I have posted a blog on it before in an attempt to find infornation on a construction method, and got a few leads, so any thoughts of the process would be most appreciated.

-- Regards Robert

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