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  • Member since
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  • From: Honolulu, Hawaii
Metal Earth Excavator
Posted by Real G on Monday, January 08, 2018 4:24 PM

Someone had posted a topic about Metal Earth PE kits a while back, but for the life of me I can't remember who or when.  But I had a chance to build one over a period of two evenings, the results of which you see here.

https://flic.kr/p/Fam95E] [/url]Excavator-07 by N.T. Izumi, on Flickr

For something that appears to be aimed at the general public, I must say that it was rather challenging to build.  If you hate adding PE details, avoid these kits!  Some rather critical parts, like the actuator pistons on the arm, do not fit properly and require tweaking (and judicious "Z" bends).  I had fits (pun intended!) getting the rear panel of the engine deck to conform.  Curling teeny tubes was not fun either.  Mangifyers were essential for me, and the highly reflective surface made it hard to tell where the teeny tiny tabs had to go.  Okay, at least the tab and slot construction worked well.

https://flic.kr/p/FamaEy] [/url]Excavator-02 by N.T. Izumi, on Flickr

https://flic.kr/p/FamasQ] [/url]Excavator-03 by N.T. Izumi, on Flickr

https://flic.kr/p/JmmctV] [/url]Excavator-04 by N.T. Izumi, on Flickr

https://flic.kr/p/Fam9BG] [/url]Excavator-05 by N.T. Izumi, on Flickr

Anyway, glad it's done but I'm not doing any more.  Now back to relaxing limited run kits and scratchbuilding...

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Posted by Mopar Madness on Monday, January 08, 2018 9:50 PM

Ok, now that’s really cool. You mentioned tab and slot construction, is there no glue involved at all?  Such a neat little build.

Chad

God, Family, Models...

At the plate: 1/72 Airfix A-4 Skyhawk

On deck: 1/700 Trumpeter Graf Zeppelin

In the hole: 1/72 ICM FW 189A-1  

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  • From: Honolulu, Hawaii
Posted by Real G on Monday, January 08, 2018 11:13 PM

Nope, not a drop of glue anywhere!  For joints that must be tight, you twist the tab 90 degrees after passing it through the slot.  The system works well, one of the few things that was easy to do.

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Posted by jazzsoul60 on Monday, January 08, 2018 11:59 PM

That's gangsta!

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  • From: Northern California
Posted by jeaton01 on Tuesday, January 09, 2018 12:30 AM

Looks just like the Cat 320 I run once in a while...but wait, it's not yellow!

John

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  • From: western North Carolina
Posted by kensar on Tuesday, January 09, 2018 7:29 AM

I have a Metal Earth bicycle kit.  It was extremely difficult to keep the parts from bending where they shouldn't bend.  Some of the slots don't quite line up where they should be.  I have not finished it, but shelved it for now.

Your model looks very good.  How did you keep fingerprints off of it?

Kensar

 

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  • From: Twin Cities of Minnesota
Posted by Don Stauffer on Tuesday, January 09, 2018 9:00 AM

Thanks for posting that excavator. To me, that and the bulldozer looked like the two kits that could best be built to look truly scale (no compound curves). I bought both kits.  Will start one of the two soon.

Don Stauffer in Minnesota

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  • From: Willamette Valley, Oregon
Posted by goldhammer on Tuesday, January 09, 2018 9:53 AM

I've looked at the dozer and this one,but will pass on 'em.  Have the Arizona, and built the Huey for a bud.

Nice diversion for a bit, and a nice job on the little thing.

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  • From: A Galaxy Far, Far Away
Posted by Hunter on Tuesday, January 09, 2018 10:07 AM

goldhammer

I've looked at the dozer and this one,but will pass on 'em.  Have the Arizona, and built the Huey for a bud.

Nice diversion for a bit, and a nice job on the little thing.

 

Very cool kit...nicely done sir. I have seen these kits at HL at the very end of the modeling aisle. And not to bad of a price.

Hunter 

      

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  • From: New Braunfels , Texas
Posted by Tanker - Builder on Tuesday, January 09, 2018 11:49 AM

Hi;

 Personally ,  I like that type of stuff . I will have to get these . I have built about twenty so far . I won't build the Mustang because to me , it looks hokey .

  I have wondered about the ships . Now I built the Twin rotor helo . It looked hokey till I started using the shaping methods I learned doing the P.E. on the North Carolina build .

   Like much of Eduards P.E. it can be rounded more and such , you just have to be patient with it . I still do them , to keep these old arthritic hands from tightening up . 

 

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  • From: Honolulu, Hawaii
Posted by Real G on Tuesday, January 09, 2018 11:51 AM

Kensar - I initially wore gloves, but noticed the PE sheets had some kind of lacquer coating on them, so after the cab was finished I just used bare hands.  Plus the gloves were getting punctured by the teeny little "sprue" attachments.

Don - Watch that rear engine deck panel.  I think the upper edge must stick up over the deck in order for it to line up with the side panels.  That was the most frustrating part for me.  The main hydraulic "pistons" were too long, so I "z" bent their bases, more or less out of sight.  The pinion connector on the arm that accepts the upper part of the pistons has tabs that don't align with the pistons'.  I had to twist the connector and bend the tabs sideways a little to get things joined up.  The tracks looked like a can or worms, but were thankfully trouble free, if not a bit tight getting the tabs over and into their slots.  Good luck on your build!

Hunter - Yes, these things are pretty cheap for what you get.  But the total cost must include asprin and trips to an anger management therapist!

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  • From: New Braunfels , Texas
Posted by Tanker - Builder on Tuesday, January 09, 2018 11:52 AM

Hi Hunter ;

 As I have stated they can be fun . Now the trick is , no matter how much skill you have with P.E. try a simple one like the Mars Lander .

 It has parts that have to be shaped into tubes ( the wheels ) and a few others .It does build into a nice little model though .

 I don't know what scale these are but they look to be about either 1/87 ( H.O.) or 1/160 ( N ) scale .

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    June, 2017
Posted by UnwaryPaladin on Wednesday, January 10, 2018 5:54 AM

Very nice! I tried the Spitfire, didn't make it past the first step. One wrong bend and thats it, the metal becomes work hardened and can't be corrected. At least that's what happened with my project. I'd like to try it again, it seems like it would be good practice for PE. 

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  • From: Twin Cities of Minnesota
Posted by Don Stauffer on Wednesday, January 10, 2018 9:27 AM

Real G

Kensar - I initially wore gloves, but noticed the PE sheets had some kind of lacquer coating on them, so after the cab was finished I just used bare hands.  Plus the gloves were getting punctured by the teeny little "sprue" attachments.

Don - Watch that rear engine deck panel.  I think the upper edge must stick up over the deck in order for it to line up with the side panels.  That was the most frustrating part for me.  The main hydraulic "pistons" were too long, so I "z" bent their bases, more or less out of sight.  The pinion connector on the arm that accepts the upper part of the pistons has tabs that don't align with the pistons'.  I had to twist the connector and bend the tabs sideways a little to get things joined up.  The tracks looked like a can or worms, but were thankfully trouble free, if not a bit tight getting the tabs over and into their slots.  Good luck on your build!

Hunter - Yes, these things are pretty cheap for what you get.  But the total cost must include asprin and trips to an anger management therapist!

 

Yep, I intend to replace that deck area with a carved wood insert.  Also probably will replace the rolled tubes with brass or aluminum tubing just to make build easier.

 

Don Stauffer in Minnesota

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  • From: Plano (Dallas), Texas
Posted by mmthrax on Wednesday, January 10, 2018 10:04 AM

 

The excavator looks great.  I think you did a great job.  I totally agree with your thoughts on the models on offer from that brand.

I built the stand up bass for my daughter who was in orchestra.  It was a fun build, but it was tedious.  I have the dragonfly to do next because that's my wife's favorite thing.  I must admit it is a bit intimidating, but if I mess it up I'll just get another one.  I got mine from ebay because the ones I want weren't at the LHS.  Bonus was they were half the price.

Just keep picking away at it...

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  • From: Honolulu, Hawaii
Posted by Real G on Wednesday, January 10, 2018 4:03 PM

Don, change the hydraulic pistons while you are at it.  Their lengths and set angles seem off.  Just make some out of tubing, paint Alclad chrome, and you will be much better off!  Maybe change the flat hydraulic cables to some silver wire as well.

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  • From: Twin Cities of Minnesota
Posted by Don Stauffer on Thursday, January 11, 2018 9:05 AM

Yep, intended to do pistons and hydraulic lines scratch.  Figured the hydraulic lines should be flat black or something like that (I intend to paint model).

Don Stauffer in Minnesota

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  • From: Plano (Dallas), Texas
Posted by mmthrax on Thursday, January 11, 2018 9:10 AM

Hello Don,

Taking on that small model with super detailing and paint will truly be something special.

I can't wait to see it.  We used to use a Kobelco 150 when we were digging pools.  What brand of excavator are you planning to recreate?

Mark

Just keep picking away at it...

  • Member since
    December, 2002
  • From: Fort Knox
Posted by Rob Gronovius on Thursday, January 11, 2018 10:17 AM

I got a couple metal earth kits for Christmas, a Star Destroyer and Keaton's Batwing. I haven't had an opportunity to build them. They look interesting. Yours looks really good.

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