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  • Member since
    February 2013
Posted by RI SCRATCH BUILDER on Saturday, March 30, 2013 9:52 AM

This project used a Lionel Power Shovel as a basis for the model. The only thing I kept was the body(also known as the house) and the machinery deck. The boom came from another Lionel kit. The drive chains came from McMaster-Carr. The track wheels were made from heavily modified wheels from a 1985 Pontiac car kit. Everything else was scratch built. The days of fixed leads pile drivers are fading fast. Most companies now use hydraulic vibratory hammers for pile work. I have always liked the rugged look of the fixed leads.

Hope you enjoyed. It was a real challenge.

It's really sad when the only model tool you own is a box cutter.

  • Member since
    November 2009
  • From: Twin Cities of Minnesota
Posted by Don Stauffer on Saturday, March 30, 2013 9:59 AM

Awesome!  Love the work on the boom and tower.

Don Stauffer in Minnesota

  • Member since
    February 2015
Posted by Bick on Saturday, March 30, 2013 10:47 AM

Agree with Don - just awesome scratch building. Very Nice!!

  • Member since
    May 2006
Posted by thunder1 on Sunday, March 31, 2013 6:37 PM

It's not good, it's WICKED good! Beautiful "outside the box" thinking and execution....

  • Member since
    February 2010
  • From: Maine
Posted by Stage_Left on Sunday, March 31, 2013 8:03 PM

Another outstanding effort! Love your choice of subjects- not too many around here model the Igloo/Coleman coolers. Oh and the crane is pretty cool too Yes

  • Member since
    February 2003
Posted by Jim Barton on Wednesday, April 3, 2013 3:16 PM


"Whaddya mean 'Who's flying the plane?!' Nobody's flying the plane!"

  • Member since
    January 2006
  • From: California
Posted by SprueOne on Wednesday, April 3, 2013 7:08 PM

Fantastic scratch build project. Idea Yes 

I've seen and heard these in action. Very Loud 

Anyone with a good car don't need to be justified - Hazel Motes


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  • Member since
    November 2009
  • From: SW Virginia
Posted by Gamera on Wednesday, April 3, 2013 7:26 PM

Beautiful work there, real BIG scratchbuilding project and she looks great!

"I dream in fire but work in clay." -Arthur Machen


  • Member since
    March 2013
Posted by RichO on Saturday, April 6, 2013 9:01 AM

Dude this is frikin awsome!! I'm a rocket gantry guy and this is so cool with all the open fret work. Nice wiring details also. Thanks for sharing.


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