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#16 Don Campbell OFFLINE  

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Posted January 25, 2012 - 06:28 PM

Sometimes it is hard for me to believe I built all those models. Model building has opened so many doors but going to a tractor show looking at garden tractors is still very exciting to me. I love garden tractors . Thanks for the kind words.

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Posted January 25, 2012 - 06:40 PM

My toy hobby has opened doors to drive some awesome real machines like a Cat 789C Haul Truck and a Cat 994D loader with a 23 yard bucket and a Terak RH-200 with a 33 yard bucket scooping rocks .



Those are some BIG machines for sure!

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When searching Google images for that Cat pic, I found this couple! This is Don & his Wife & the very Cat he got to operate

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Posted January 26, 2012 - 04:12 PM

I think back to those days in the mines and still can't believe I got to operate several of those machines. I also drove a Cat 789C Haul truck and when I raised the box it was 40 feet in the air. Very cool !!

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Posted January 27, 2012 - 05:06 PM

Looks good! You have some very detailed models, can't wait to follow this one!

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Posted January 29, 2012 - 07:10 AM

Its just amazing what you can do Don! Looking good, keep us updated.

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Posted January 29, 2012 - 10:26 AM

Todays progress picture shows me working on the rear counterweight . It bolts on to the rear similar to the real one. It had several different angles and holes and one cut out in the center but i think I managed to get close to the look. I'm always the first to admit my models are far from perfect . My tools are pretty basic and my shop is small but I sure do enjoy making my metal creations. Thanks again for the kind words. cat390counterweight.jpg

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Posted January 30, 2012 - 06:13 PM

Lookin' good! I looked through your pics on your web site and I must ask, what do you do with them all?! They are all very detailed and if it wasn't for the size references in the backgrounds, I would have ththought most of them were full size machines!

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Posted January 31, 2012 - 04:50 PM

I used to take them and show them at shows but we have not been to a show in a couple years. I have friends that really like them and they have several of them in their houses on display.

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Posted January 31, 2012 - 06:37 PM

I bet they did great at shows, I remember seeing a pic with a few of them in a house. They looked great on display!

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Posted January 31, 2012 - 09:06 PM

We met a lot of nice people at the toy shows and we had so much fun. Then I got behind on toy orders and never caught up to make anything to sell at the shows ever again. Now days i build the models I want to build that are my favorites and that makes it so fun.

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Posted January 31, 2012 - 09:30 PM

Don your skills are AWESOME! Those are ALL really cool models, and it's cool that you got to operate the real mccoy of some of them. Being a farm boy I am partial to your version of the Williams Brothers Big Bud. I didn't think it was possible to make one any bigger than the 1/16 versions before getting to the real one. Again, great work you turn out and can most definately be proud of.

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Posted February 01, 2012 - 08:11 AM

Wow Don, your model building skills are incredible, steel models are pretty tough to build, at least for me.

:ditto::worshippy1: Lots of talent, steady hand and great eyesight, Don.

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Posted February 02, 2012 - 05:45 PM

Thanks , it really is a labor of love because I never turned it into a business with advertising , making dozens of one model , etc. As long as it stays fun I continue . But one of these days I got to quit and start building some 1/2 scale tractors. I just love those things . I made 2 big buds , one how it looked in the beginning and one how it looked after the Williams Bros. got it. Both collectors agreed we would make two but that is rare I do that. Todays progress picture shows the center boom frame welded together and the lift cylinders welded together and roughed in . cat390liftcylinders.jpg

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Posted February 03, 2012 - 09:48 PM

Looks good. I think 1/2 scale would be awesome! I saw the one dozer you did and that one is probably my favorite of the ones I saw on your flickr.

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Posted February 06, 2012 - 12:07 PM

The big dozer and the big train are my two favorites so far. No seat time on the tractors but I did plow 10 times in Jan. Todays progress picture shows me getting the first boom parts welded together. Cat 390DLboom.jpg




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