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What's Benny been up to? I rarely hold still and if I'm busy, there's a very good chance I'm working on Something that's keeping everything else at bay. This year it has been moving back to the US from South Korea, taking a month vacation to Thailand, and then getting tied up in San Antonio for 8 weeks of training. Between all of this, though, I have been working on whatever has caught my fancy - which at the moment is collecting prototype material for a wide variety of construction vehicles because lo behold many of the old brochures include dimensional data and plan overlays, albeit often only one side of the equipment.
My most exciting work is this Cedarapids Pitmaster rock crusher from the 1940's, though these machines can still be found earning their keep in gravel pits where one of these 75 year old machines in working condition still easily surpass the price of an expensive SUV. This rock crusher is more appropriately a secondary plant, whereas it screens gravel and completes the process of crushing everything up that has first passed through a primary plant. I have to find some better plans of the primary plants, because now that I have a secondary, I want a primary!
I spent my evening painting the print and then adding the belts, which I have made using 600 grit sandpaper. I painted the drive belt maroon on the smooth side of the sandpaper and the conveyor belts black. I almost felt bad installing the overhead belt because the grate really did come out nice.
I still have to go back and finish up the dolly work and then the carrying axles, whereas working with the set I have on hand is giving me some ideas on how to design the tandem and the single axle so they're equally easy to install.
Here it is with a Roco 2.5 ton M35 tractor, Every indication I can find suggests the smaller tires would be more appropriate versus the next size up found on the 5 ton M39 tractor.
I also found out by slight mishap that the thin slopes are more delicate than what I want, so there's another round of edits to do.
I'll finish out this one with a set of pulley belts from black wire, once I find my wire, but otherwise I'm beyond thrilled with how this one came out.
Now I just need to find the plans for a primary plant...
Happy modeling, everybody!!
(And if anybody doubts the technology at this point...that train has left the station!!!)
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