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Grandpa Bear

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Started on the Peterbilt tractor. My first effort from a plan and I can't believe how much easier it is using John's plans.

This is the tractor after two coats of BIN white primer.thanks for the advice BadBob, it covers great.

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This is looking mighty fine. We are anxious to see it in a step-by-step photo story in this post!
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First plastikote buttercup yellow acrylic enamel coating.l love the colour.

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Just the wheels, steering wheel and doors to go.

It was fiddly painting the fenders, should I have used masking tape? Good job I've got steady hands.

All paintwork is brushed acrylic enamels.

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White primer is just what you need for that yellow paint.
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Looking good! Thanks for the step-by-steps. 
Grandpa Bear

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Think I'll add the doors as the body is made of pine just to strengthen the cab roof.

Made the trailor yesterday, pics to follow. I used small washers between the wheels and the body to stop rubbing. The truck rolls nicely without snagging.

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I love it! Just woke up and checked my email. This inspires me to get out of bed and head to the shop!
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This is the bobcat body, cut using my bandsaw, I still need to practice with the scroll saw.

It's waiting for a primer coat.
In the UK construction vehicles are commonly painted bright orange, that's what I intend to do.

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Completed tractor and trailer.

My learnings from this build, :- Sand, then sand again.
Don't rush, be patient. Make all pieces and do a dry build.

Most of all, enjoy yourself, I did.

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Thanks for making my morning! The photos really compliment your work. We are all anxiously waiting to see the finished little masterpieces together.
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Finished the bobcat, came out pretty good I think.

Painted it orange as that's what a great deal of construction machinery is in the UK.

As a newbie toy maker I must say that John and Cynthia's plans are very easy to follow.

Power shovel is next on the build list, Nick

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Awesome job Grandpa Bear! 
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Great looking build! I am looking forward to doing this BUILD! If you SELL them, the KIDS will love the colors! Again, very well done!
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Thanks to all who have commented on this build.

I have surprised myself how these have turned out. Last time I did any serious wood working was at school about 35 years ago, I guess you just don't forget it?

Lessons from this build:-

Bucket looks too harsh painted black, (I know I tried it, silver looks better I think),
Made my own slab wheels on a drill press using a hole saw from pine.

By the way all of both builds was made of construction pine 2 x 4 inch.

Primed twice with white shellac based primer sanded to 300 grit then 3 coats of Orange humbrol acrylic gloss sanded between with 400 grand wet and dry used dry.


Love the look of Ken Martins photos, mine are nowhere near as good. Will have to get out my SLR for the next ones.

regarsd from the UK, Grandpa Bear (Nick)

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