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john lewman
Here are a couple of shots of the painted and natural wood tractor, trailer and road scraper prototypes for the new plan set.   Scene 021.png  Scene 022.png  Scene 023.png 
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Garrymac
very sleek easy to make design. Just what I need to build lots of inventory!!
Nothing is as it seems!
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BadBob
They look great John. However, I think the tops need to be stronger.  Some downward pressure on the front of the cab might snap it right off.  Of course, it would depend a lot on the grain direction and the type of wood used.

I think I would at least drill and pin the roof of the cab to the back with some dowels.
 
Some axle pins might work here instead of dowels. Lots of heavy equipment have yellow caution light mounted on the roof. 

I don't see anything to keep toys from rolling off the trailers when a child pushes haulers across the floor. When I gave my grandson a flatbed truck, and his cars rolled off. He brought it back and told me I needed to fix it. I did.

I'm not crazy about the wheel covers, but that's an easy fix.

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Wombat
Hi John,
These have come up a treat, and you have my interest.
Simple construction and yet very obvious what they are.
Echoing BadBobs comment, I will be putting a cut down axle peg painted orange, on top of each one, and a "bump strip" across the trailer between its two wheels.
Alan
If a job's worth doing, it's worth doing well
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shedbuddie
These are great, simple and ideal for kit form. Thanks john.Ted
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john lewman
Great ideas all. The roof and trailer improvements are right on. I have found running the grain front to back with a tight hardwood makes a strong roof but soft woods can split under too much rough play.
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BadBob
john lewman wrote:
Great ideas all. The roof and trailer improvements are right on. I have found running the grain front to back with a tight hardwood makes a strong roof but soft woods can split under too much rough play.


John, What woods you consider tight grained hardwoods?




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john lewman
This is the final prototype of the Bobcat. We have one more plan set to go before we launch and that is the Power Shovel. I am about done with that and ready to start the plan set.

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Trav
I know you're nearing the end of this and it's probably not the best time for recommendations but, is this set not going to have a dump truck? Can't really have a road crew without a dump truck. What will all the tractors interact with?
A tractor without a dump truck is like, well, a dump truck without a tractor 😉
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john lewman
Hi Trav, great suggestion. I have planned a dump truck for the next set but I will give your request some thought and might switch the power shovel out for a dump truck. The next set can use a power shovel so I will see what I can do before we launch.
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john lewman
I took Trav's advice and added this dump truck to the plan set. Feedback is greatly appreciated-thanks Trav.

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A World of Wood
I like it
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Peter V

Very nice John,


what kind of wood did you use? (for the dumptruck?)

Greetings,

Peter V
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john lewman
The wood is ash and very pleasant to work with. Wheels and steering wheel are walnut cut with a fly cutter on a drill press.
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Loggerlaws
Hi John, these look like an easy build. With the next set you could give the roof extra strength by gluing doors on the outside like you did on the powerful Pete 6 truck fleet. Just my two cents worth.

Cheers Raymond.

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