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Dex
Posted: Monday, September 23, 2019 2:05:30 PM

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Hi everybody,

I've gotten started on a new project: A Caterpillar 345B LME

Big shout out the DHS user Antho for discovering that we can use the 349L as a donor parts machine. See his awesome build here!: http://forums.dhsdiecast.com/default.aspx?g=posts&t=139331




I'll be doing this series entirely on video, and I will update this thread accordingly. Super excited about my new build:

New Project: Custom 1/50 Caterpillar 345B LME

Exkvate3140
Posted: Monday, September 23, 2019 10:16:27 PM
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Dex looks like it’s going to be a nice build, also a great video for someone interested in making a 345B.
Steve
Dex
Posted: Monday, September 23, 2019 10:32:41 PM

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Exkvate3140 wrote:
Dex looks like it’s going to be a nice build, also a great video for someone interested in making a 345B.
Steve


Absolutely, it's a great starter model. You can go as simple or as complex as you want. Parts are easy to get, and the basic cuts are super simple.
Dex
Posted: Monday, September 30, 2019 11:19:16 PM

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Episode 2 is up!

Finishing off most of the body, and adding all the exterior details to the cab.


Episode 2 here!


Exkvate3140
Posted: Tuesday, October 01, 2019 10:50:37 PM
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Dex the detail on the cab looks very good, great craftsmanship.
Steve
Dex
Posted: Wednesday, October 02, 2019 1:43:12 AM

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Exkvate3140 wrote:
Dex the detail on the cab looks very good, great craftsmanship.
Steve


Thanks Steve, I appreciate it!
Dex
Posted: Monday, October 07, 2019 9:41:24 PM

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Happy Monday everybody!

Episode 3 is up: Episode 3


Cheers!
modelmaniac
Posted: Monday, October 07, 2019 9:57:02 PM

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Love this project.Have been watching it,really liking the amount of effort put in,to make it a genuine 345.Looking forward,to this machine,painted,piped,decalled.Completed.Applause
Exkvate3140
Posted: Monday, October 07, 2019 10:35:45 PM
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Dex very interesting and you have some great tools in your work space.
Steve
Dex
Posted: Monday, October 14, 2019 11:33:12 PM

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Mappy Honday everybody Teeth


Episode 4 is up!

FYI, I will be taking a week or 2 off, I haven't had time to build due to life getting in the way, but I'll try to post a tool overhaul video I made a little while back for funsies next Monday.

Have a great week everybody.
Exkvate3140
Posted: Tuesday, October 15, 2019 11:24:12 PM
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Dex your attention to detail is great, the interior of the cab is incredible. A couple of suggestions, first you have to pay a little bit more attention to the kitty and second a CAT key in the ignition would be incredible detail especially it you could rotate to the on or off position. The second suggestion should be a breeze for you and with your week or two off it should not be hard to show the kitty a little bit of love either. Another very interesting video great job.
Steve
Dex
Posted: Wednesday, October 16, 2019 1:07:18 PM

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Exkvate3140 wrote:
Dex your attention to detail is great, the interior of the cab is incredible. A couple of suggestions, first you have to pay a little bit more attention to the kitty and second a CAT key in the ignition would be incredible detail especially it you could rotate to the on or off position. The second suggestion should be a breeze for you and with your week or two off it should not be hard to show the kitty a little bit of love either. Another very interesting video great job.
Steve


Hahaha, she's a bit of a demanding kitty, but she get's spoiled rotten.

The key in the ignition would be insanely small! I'll consider it, but I can't make any promises. Thanks for watching, and thank you for the compliments!
Dex
Posted: Monday, November 04, 2019 11:03:52 PM

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Aaaaand I'm back.

Sequoia Nation Park is missing a few trout. They now reside in my belly!


Anyways,

Here is my lastest. I finished the ME stick for the 345B. Click the pic!





R Jordan
Posted: Tuesday, November 05, 2019 12:38:12 AM

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Dex,

When your Finish you should do a small production run of that ME stick once you have enough interest to do so. That look very impressive.

Roland.
Dex
Posted: Monday, November 18, 2019 10:17:05 PM

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New episode is up!


I ended up building the linkages out of brass, instead of reusing the inaccurate 349 parts.

Click the picture for the video Teeth

Dex
Posted: Tuesday, November 26, 2019 10:10:22 PM

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Hi everybody.

Didn't have much time to work on the excavator this week, but I did manage to get some locking, yet removable, pins done for retaining the bucket.

Click the pic for the video!

Dex
Posted: Tuesday, December 03, 2019 10:09:30 PM

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New video is up!

Finishing off the stick and boom pins and completing the boom hard lines.

Exkvate3140
Posted: Tuesday, December 03, 2019 10:57:34 PM
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Dex that work is incredible, the pin holders and hydraulic lines are amazing and there are no manufacturers of diecast models out there that do what you are doing. I think that 345 is going to turn over and start digging.
Steve
Dex
Posted: Tuesday, December 03, 2019 11:22:10 PM

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Thanks, Steve! I'm having a lot of fun with this one. It was worth the extra work to get those lines to come out the way they did.
janh
Posted: Wednesday, December 04, 2019 1:39:32 PM

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I have never seen removeable pin holders in 1/50 scale before.This is insane! And the pipework is absolutely fantastic!
You really deserve much more views and subscribers on Your channel Applause

Just two little thoughts You might consider for future projects.When You created the new mounts that hold the stick cylinder on the boom,You could have made two cuts in the boom and inserted the mounts into these cuts.It would be much more stable like this and You don´t need any visible plate between the mounts on the boom.
And for those rings that hold the hydraulic pipes on the cylinders,I prefer to take telescopic antennas that you can get for small money on ebay.The telescopic sections cover a lot of different diameters and the tubes are very thin.Just cut of a little slice from a antenna section and you have your mount.

Anyway,I learn a lot about metal works and how to solder things together from the videos.
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