|Project by LittleBlackDuck||posted 09-12-2016 01:10 PM||1317 views||2 times favorited||24 comments|
Boys and Girls,
This post revolves around my indifference regarding the T & J Wheel Loader (#67) model.
I won’t open with the obvious, saying this was a fun build. On the contrary I had difficulty getting my teeth stuck into it.
I’s not that it is a bad model or difficult to build but just after I started the build and completed the fun part, which was the making of the wheels, I zigged when I should have zagged and got a dicky ankle out of it as the 1st. prize.
While trying to amuse myself during my recuperation and annoying the bejesus out of some unfortunate LJ bunnies with my inane post replies, I received the plans for the Cat loader (#118) from a forgotten past T & J order placed after a serious night of excessive vino indulgence.
Looking at the Cat, it was very similar to the #67 but more interesting and I was onset by a overwhelming desire to scrap my current project and start the new one.
Being a preacher to my kids about finishing one task before starting another, I could not face their accusation of hypocrisy if I surrendered to my desires so I plundered on with the now arduous task of finishing the loader (#67).
Consequently it was a non-eventful build, and further exacerbated by the laborious task of building/carving the bucket. Because of it size and shape there was no easy way of doing it other than cut close to shape, glue, rasp and sand, rasp and sand and sand and sand and sand etc… till I eventually address every grain of sand in the Sahara desert (and their relatives and distant cousins).
Because of my reluctance to enthuse in the build, I took every opportunity to digress and consequently took a lot of photos which I’m not going to bore you with, however, I have amassed them into a PDF that can be accessed by all you masochists from this link in my DropBox.
Now that it is finished, I will admit I am quite proud of how I converted a pile of rough timber planks into a presentable dust collector in my house, that the missus now has more ammunition to nag me about. I have to admit that I did walk away with a sense of achievement.
I’m not saying that others would not enjoy this build or that I will enjoy the Cat build better, however, I am saying that my tale is spun on the back end of “a disappointing dilemma”. The regrettable part its that now I’ve finished it, I’m not as enthusiastic in starting the Cat immediately after, especially when I have a choice of roughly around 20 other model builds to muse over.
The moral of the story is… Buy your next plan after you finish your current build.
PS. If the wheels on both models were the same I would have told the kids that this is a lesson where you should NOT listen to your old man… after all ONLY mum is perfect!
-- There's two ways to do things... My way or the right way.. LBD