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Mr. Scholz
Posted: Tuesday, February 25, 2020 5:46:45 PM
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Hey mates,

I have managed to fabricate a tree pusher. In real life, it would be almost 10 meters long and reach up to 6.75 meters in height. So I think, this is about the maximum of a tree spear you can mount on a D9G. And when you're chaining scrub, most times, you need a second tractor (There are some tricks, though, how to do it with a single tractor). I just love the D9E and the Gescha/Conrad is flat-hooded, despite being marked as D9G, which has a bigger radiator than a D9E. I think it's a perfect match since the 1/48 scale CC D9G is just a notch larger than the 1/50 Conrad D9G. There is a difference in size between a D9E and D9G, about 26.5 tones bare to 33 tonnes bare, so both models fit well together.

IMG_20200122_165214 by FatCatGotHot
IMG_20200225_200954 by FatCatGotHot
IMG_20200225_195338 by FatCatGotHot

The inspiration for the D9E conversion is a model made by my friend, Tom the Cat. Here you go http://thomas-wilk.jalbum.net/Cat%20D9%20Series%20E/ and http://tcc-photowork.de/html/scale_models_ii.html
Exkvate3140
Posted: Tuesday, February 25, 2020 10:42:48 PM
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Max that tree spear looks like it will certainly get job done , nice work.
Steve
Mr. Scholz
Posted: Friday, February 28, 2020 1:29:21 PM
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Hi Steve,

thanks for the good feedback. Given that I only used a very basic and simple Proxxon saw, I'm very happy how precise the tree spear turned out. It's not 100% perfect but looks good on photos.

Something I always wanted to do is build a D353 engine from scratch to improve the Conrad D9. I have some detail photos of the D353, and there is a nice story why: Back in the 1990ies, the D9E now on display in the Auto &Technik Museum Sinsheim was still in the backyard and not for public. My father and I had a wonderful visit in this museum on a sunny day back in 1996 and on the way back to our car, I saw something huge and yellow - with strange pulleys and cables - through the fence. Just in this second, a well-dressed lady stopped nearby in her car and said: "Oh, that's the bulldozer of my son. He is the owner of this museum - I will go and you can have a look at this Caterpillar." And so, aged 14, I had the opportunity to climb on a D9, and he told me what a pony engine is and how to start the big diesel with it. And that back in the day, cable-operated dozer blades did the trick very well. The biggest dozer I have seen before in real life was a D7H, so I was really impressed. Since this day, A D9E with a cable blade is the most beautiful track-type tractor for me.


Further detail photos can be gathered by Ad Gever's super-cool D9E plow tractor custom-built - some nice work-in-progress pictures are available under Minimovers Making Of D9E Van Damme Special


So we start with a basice drawing to determine size and shape of the D353, and off we go...

IMG_20200227_223514 by FatCatGotHot

IMG_20200228_013137 by FatCatGotHot

IMG_20200228_013127 by FatCatGotHot

IMG_20200228_031258 by FatCatGotHot

IMG_20200228_040213 by FatCatGotHot


And of course, the implements needed by the operator to start the big 6 cylinder:
IMG_20200226_175605 by FatCatGotHot


Best regards,
Max


kcmtoys
Posted: Friday, February 28, 2020 3:24:04 PM

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Looks good so far! Smile
Exkvate3140
Posted: Friday, February 28, 2020 11:01:22 PM
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Max now that you have everybody’s attention with that well detailed engine you are building will you be doing your blade and pulleys for the 9E out of brass. I agree with Ken looks good so far.
Steve
Mr. Scholz
Posted: Saturday, February 29, 2020 4:42:58 AM
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Thanks mates,

yes, I'm in the zone and having a good run. Lotta fun. Steve, there might be a chance that I can use the Joal KOMATSU D155 U-blade as a starting point. But pulleys should be made out of brass, absolutely. Not really sure how to get to a good result at this point, though. Do you have an idea? There is a nice cable blade conversion D9G here on the forum somewhere.

I always thaught the exhaust is a notch to much at the rear, so I removed it completely and drilled a hole through the hood at the right point.

IMG_20200228_180004 by FatCatGotHot
IMG_20200228_212330 by FatCatGotHot
IMG_20200228_212353 by FatCatGotHot


Cheerio,

Max
Exkvate3140
Posted: Saturday, February 29, 2020 5:58:24 PM
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Max the only idea I would have with brass is to send DEX a pm and pick his brain. Look at the work he is doing on his 345 it amazing along with his talent with soldering.
Also that engine looks great under the hood along with the exhaust.
Steve
Mr. Scholz
Posted: Wednesday, March 04, 2020 5:04:11 PM
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Hey Steve,

that's good idea of involving the mighty Dex. I'll send him a PM. BUT: The DEX has an outstanding well-equipped workshop, my choice of tools is rather limited. But not my fun in this hobby - I have added oilbath air cleaners and pony engine on the D353:

CAT D9E D353 001 by FatCatGotHot
CAT D9E D353 002 by FatCatGotHot

(Man, you can really spot the things to improve on the photos....)

Regarding metal tracks, I have contacted model dealers and Conrad of Nuremberg. The single-grouser track set will be reproduced in summer and is currently not available. I'm thinking of cannibalizing the HUINA D10T rip-off at the moment, it has nice tracks and an U-blade that I can use for modifying.


Prost Kameraden,
Max
Exkvate3140
Posted: Wednesday, March 04, 2020 9:57:04 PM
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Max those oil baths are very good, great work.
Steve
Mr. Scholz
Posted: Tuesday, March 30, 2021 11:44:11 AM
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Hey mates,

just have finished my first D9G land clearing tractor. After all the efforts on this odel, I'm very thankful for some professional pictures of it: Photos taken by my friend Alex in his studio. www.amx-studio.de. <I still have to add a water tank under the canopy and one of the steering levers is missing. But so far, I am very happy about this model.

Jungle Cat D9G Back In The Jungle Again 01 2500 x 1667 by FatCatGotHot

MAX_JungleCAT_4 2500x1667 by FatCatGotHot

MAX_JungleCAT_6 2500x1667 by FatCatGotHot

MAX_JungleCAT_9 2500x1667 by FatCatGotHot

MAX_JungleCAT_15 2500x1667 by FatCatGotHot

MAX_JungleCAT_10 2500x1667 by FatCatGotHot

MAX_JungleCAT_19 2500x1667 by FatCatGotHot

MAX_JungleCAT_26 2500x1667 by FatCatGotHot



Best regards,

Max
Quinella
Posted: Tuesday, March 30, 2021 1:34:59 PM

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Max: That's totally "out of bounds" as Guy Fieri would say. The rusted exhaust, the oils leaks, and grime are so realistic. This was a tough build and you stuck to it. The cage is so cool. Nothing could get to the operator except maybe a giant python! Thanks for sharing the build over the years. CAW
3406E
Posted: Wednesday, March 31, 2021 1:49:04 AM

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Wow, that is simply amazing! It looks fantastic!

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RobS
Posted: Wednesday, March 31, 2021 8:27:39 AM
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An incredible model for sure. And cracking photos as well.

Rob
Mr. Scholz
Posted: Wednesday, March 31, 2021 1:25:13 PM
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Thank you gentlemen for the positive feedback - yes, it was a challenging build, that is for sure. And so I am very happy Alex found the time to take the photos, such a session takes several hours. The whole project will be finished with the D9E, maybe in 2 years or so.

Best regards,

Max
JohnGalt
Posted: Wednesday, March 31, 2021 2:05:17 PM

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Wow! That looks great!
After looking at that first picture of the finished product, I have a taste for broccoli with garlic, for some reason...

Thanks for sharing.
randy krieg
Posted: Wednesday, March 31, 2021 2:47:12 PM

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Awesome work Max! Thanks for sharing.
JoeE
Posted: Friday, April 02, 2021 7:14:36 AM

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Beautiful job.



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kcmtoys
Posted: Friday, April 02, 2021 11:33:50 AM

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Very nice Max. Looks great!Applause Applause Applause
Ironstef70
Posted: Saturday, April 03, 2021 10:03:23 AM

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Beautiful work, especially the weathering. Looks like real.

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