|Project by hunter71||posted 02-21-2013 11:37 AM||2267 views||2 times favorited||23 comments|
The property bordering ours is being timbered and that gave me a chance to view up close the powerful equipment used in logging today. With a model at my everyday disposal, I set out to build the first of a series of tree harvest equipment. I will build, the Feller/Buncher first. These are not glamorous pieces of equipment but they represent an industry that is overlooked in model building. The operation is simple. you drive up to a tree, clamp your arms around it, cut it, pick it up and carry it to a pile of 4-5 others and lay it down. The skidder comes and drags the huge pile of trees to the yarder where the limbs are stripped and another pile of logs are made awaiting trucks to haul them to a mill. My tree cutter articulates. The head raises and lowers and tips forward also the cutting wheel spins. Cab is as detailed as a real one and there is even a CAT engine in the compartment. I made up the diorama to show the cutter in action as this is not something everyone has a chance to see up close everyday. Oh, those wheels, I thought my wheel jig would make any wheels and tires I would ever need, guess what, I have made another wheel jig now. Built from Yellow Heart, White Oak and Walnut. Comments welcome. Doug
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