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Digger boom Haul
Posted by tiking on Saturday, March 12, 2016 11:30 AM

Ok fellas. I just completed the trailer to the 142H tractor unit I had built for the Steel Haul that I was supposed to use but did not. The boom is from a toy digger I bought at a cheap store. I had planned on using it as a load for my heavy hauler rig, but the amount of work I had to do on it to get it looking right, would have taken me ages. So I opted to salvage what I could and use the parts for something useful. So now I had a use for the boom. :) I added hydraulics using soldering iron wiring and styrene tubing. I wanted it to look alive. The trailer is the Italeri curtain trailer kit. I only used the chassi and bottom half of it. I then scratch built the extra floor and added tie-downs.

I had already planned on building a support out of wood to place under the boom. I was told here in Sweden that this method would only suffice if you were moving between short distances. As I was told if I place some wood bracing under the boom and in the center or two then it will be alright. But only in extreme cases A is a shorter distance to B. But I might just try to separate the parts and transport them in three pieces as you suggested, if I get the time to do it before the next exhibition. Otherwise it will stay that way until I get the time to make the changes. I want to thank you for your knowledge on this subject. I have saved the diagrams as I will use it on adding a digger to my heavy hauler when I find an appropriate one.

So now this tractor has a trailer, I think, goes together pretty well. Hope you like the results. Thanks for looking. Lots of detail pics:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For those who have asked or wondered how I did the weathering on the boom. Here it is:

 

The color used on the boom is Automotive yellow spray paint. I do not own an AB. The brown used as an underlying color is also an Automotive color. I chose a brown that looked right. They had a few to choose from. I started off;

 

1. Spraying the boom with Citadel Chaos black paint

 

2. Then sprayed the second layer with a brown automotive color

 

3. Then sprayed a coat of Citadel Matt varnish

 

4. Then sprayed the base color with a yellow automotive color. 

 

5. For the rust/paint faded away weathering, I chose the easy way. I used the sponge technique. I assume you know the sponge technique right? If you don't let me know. I used Citadel Dark earth. A brownish dull grayish color. I do not remember the name. I am not at home so I cannot check the name of it.

 

6. Then I when over almost every brownish patch with Citadel shade to blend in everything and to give it depth and to accentuate the rust better.

 

7. Then I high-lighted the edges of the boom and bucket by dry-brushing Citadel leadblencher. It's a type of metal color. I love Citadel range of colors. It gives the discolored areas the metal finish or look.

 

8. Last but not the least I took so,e real dust and brushed it in every nit and cranny on the boom.

 

9. The bucket wear n' tear was simply done by taken the enamel solution and an old brush and brushing vigorously until the brown paint started to show through. I just stopped when I was satisfied.

 

10. Them I took some real dust and brushed it all inside the bucket until I got the look looked good.

 

That's it! Simple!

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  • From: sunny Sydney, Australia
Posted by nottheband on Sunday, March 13, 2016 6:45 PM

Great job, that is some of the best weathering detail I have seen.  Thanx for giving us your technique as well.  Cheers

Steve

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Posted by dshue on Sunday, March 13, 2016 8:03 PM

Great job! The hydraulic fluid leaking from the fitting ends was a nice subtle touch.

Doug

Too many works in progress to list...

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Posted by tiking on Monday, March 14, 2016 4:59 AM

Thanks gents.

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Posted by dshue on Tuesday, March 15, 2016 1:14 AM

Everytime I look I see more details. The flat spare tire with rim damage is a nice touch! Every aspect is very well done.

Doug

Too many works in progress to list...

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Posted by ModelDon on Tuesday, March 15, 2016 11:40 AM

Really, really, really nice. Your weather technique is the sh*t. Thanks for sharing your process.

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Posted by tiking on Tuesday, March 15, 2016 5:11 PM

Thank you kindly. 

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Posted by tiking on Tuesday, March 15, 2016 5:14 PM

ModelDon

Really, really, really nice. Your weather technique is the sh*t. Thanks for sharing your process.

 

 

No problems. Glad i could help.

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    May, 2011
Posted by tiking on Monday, March 21, 2016 11:12 AM

Ok. Here are some newer pics showing what I've done. I decided to leave some chains hanging to show the 

it was in the process of being chained down. I have added wooden blocks behind the bucket as well as 

being chained down. I also added the company's logo to the tractor unit and a little one on the trailer 

backboard.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • From: Lancashire, UK
Posted by marcusadam on Monday, March 21, 2016 11:29 AM

this gets more amazing. that timber is stunning, I can only dream of being so talented!

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Posted by tiking on Monday, March 21, 2016 9:34 PM

You are too kind.

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Posted by tiking on Tuesday, March 22, 2016 1:24 PM

Outside photos that many have mentioned. So here are they-:

 

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  • From: Plano (Dallas), Texas
Posted by mmthrax on Wednesday, April 27, 2016 10:28 AM

WOW!!  Absolutely jawdropping work!  Having trouble typing because my jaw is in the way.Smile Having dug swimming pools for two years, I can attest to the quality of your weathering.  Our excavator looked just like that, the oxidation patterns, the grease around the hydraulic rams, the chains, the load binders.  This is outrageous work. Our trucks were red and they used to oxidize chalky white just like your sideboxes.  This is quality to which I aspire.  Truly inspirational work.  Bravo!Bow

Just keep picking away at it...

  • Member since
    December, 2005
  • From: Upstate New York
Posted by spencer1984 on Friday, April 29, 2016 8:28 PM
Truly awesome work, the weathering and detail on this is incredible!
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    May, 2011
Posted by tiking on Tuesday, July 05, 2016 12:52 AM

mmthrax

WOW!!  Absolutely jawdropping work!  Having trouble typing because my jaw is in the way.Smile Having dug swimming pools for two years, I can attest to the quality of your weathering.  Our excavator looked just like that, the oxidation patterns, the grease around the hydraulic rams, the chains, the load binders.  This is outrageous work. Our trucks were red and they used to oxidize chalky white just like your sideboxes.  This is quality to which I aspire.  Truly inspirational work.  Bravo!Bow

 

 

Thank you kindly for your assessment. I do appreciated. 

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Posted by tiking on Tuesday, July 05, 2016 12:52 AM

Thanks.

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Posted by tiking on Friday, January 12, 2018 3:01 PM

spencer1984
Truly awesome work, the weathering and detail on this is incredible!
 

 

Late reply. Appreciate your comment.

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