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Antho
Posted: Saturday, April 27, 2019 8:44:20 PM

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Here is the 345B L Series II I built over the winter out of a Norscot 345B MH and Diecast Masters 349F L XE.

I made a first attempt at a 345 just about 10 years ago using a 450D for boom and undercarriage donor and eventually gave up because I was never satisfied with how the Deere pieces didn't look close enough to a Cat. So I waited, constantly looking for a proper undercarriage to use and eventually, my patience paid off when DM released the 349.

This model was built after the first machine I got to try as a kid, down to just about every detail, including the bucket. The undercarriage, boom, frame and cylinders are all off the 349 and have all been modified, the body is off the 345B and the stick, quick coupler and bucket have been built out of styrene.



















Exkvate3140
Posted: Saturday, April 27, 2019 11:34:37 PM
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Great looking custom of a popular excavator. Your patience definitely paid off, how about a picture of the 345BL being moved on a Rogers 3 axle lowbed please.
Steve
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Posted: Sunday, April 28, 2019 4:56:36 AM
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Your styrene work is top notch as always. This one turned out awesome!

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Dex
Posted: Sunday, April 28, 2019 2:10:20 PM

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That's one of the nicest custom 345s that I've seen, great job, very clean and detailed result.
Antho
Posted: Sunday, April 28, 2019 5:07:55 PM

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Thank you guys!

Exkvate3140 wrote:
...how about a picture of the 345BL being moved on a Rogers 3 axle lowbed please.


Sorry man, this is as close to a lowboy picture as I can get ahah

modelmaniac
Posted: Sunday, April 28, 2019 7:41:55 PM

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Dex wrote:
That's one of the nicest custom 345s that I've seen, great job, very clean and detailed result.

That is a very good looking machine.ApplauseHave you/will you make any other attachments for it?That bucket is really good.
BPMfore
Posted: Sunday, April 28, 2019 8:59:05 PM
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Nice work, any chance you want to reproduce another one?
Antho
Posted: Monday, April 29, 2019 2:07:18 AM

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Thanks for the compliments, but negative to both questions. I have more projects on my plate and work promised to friends of mine than my own motivation can handle.
Exkvate3140
Posted: Monday, April 29, 2019 10:55:52 PM
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Thanks for posing it on a lowbed, if you sprinkle that magic dust over it that Santa uses to get down the chimney that 345BL would not look so small. Again great job on the custom.
Steve
Antho
Posted: Wednesday, May 01, 2019 8:56:45 PM

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Not a problem, thanks Steve! Much appreciated.
Basketball Man
Posted: Friday, May 03, 2019 7:46:57 PM

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Ahhhh it finally made it to the forum. Looks great!

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Antho
Posted: Monday, May 06, 2019 4:15:19 AM

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Thanks brother. Yeah I don't post very often anymore, but I figured this one was DHS worthy 👌
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