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In Ken Updike's post about the new toys, I alluded to the fact that I build toys.
I figured I would lay a few things out, and let you pick apart what I do.
I have always been the kid who dreamed of the ERTL new releases. I have always wanted the machinery that my dad had, and Ertl didn't produce. I am now the guy who does this stuff with the knowledge and tools of a middle aged man who thinks he is still a kid. I am the guy who builds things that kids(old and young) dream of.
I'm sure lots of you still do this. I am sure that you have, at one time wished for a toy that didn't exist.
I never stopped dreaming. I still do, and every day that my skill level improves, I dream a little harder.
Here's some stuff that I do... because my camera phone is so convienent, I figured I would take a few pics of what I was doing yesterday. I am doing anothe rcub right now, on the Ertl casting. I am scrubbing the underslung exhaust for a conventional hood exhaust, and I am improving the design in the cast hood. It is a shame they didn't make the exhaust out the hood on more than the limited edition. the bulkof cubs sold had a conventional exhaust. I'm sure we all can agree on that.
Also... I have isse with the scale of the tractor. some of the components are downright over-inflated. This is probably to allow for actual "kid play" that the "toys" succomb to. As a collector, I don't play with, yet, do discriminate as to the correctness.
Here's my latest, which is nothing new to me. I have done several in this style. I am working on a more correct hood, and for the earlier cubs.
Here are a few pictures of a more correct hood.
A more correct (and perfectly in 1/16 scale) muffler.
Now, before I get the muffler in paint, I have to drill out the hood, and while I am at it, I cut the cast air cleaner post off, and built another one of those, but to perfect scale. (note in picture, nothing is soldered, so the air cleaner is a bit short)
Once everything is aligned, I can begin to paint the final pieces, and after the hood is painted, I can permenantly attch the painted muffler. After paint, the muffler looks like this...
That's all I have at $0.25 per picture, that is all I care to send right now. I did get the alignment finished, and the air cleaner painted. My template slid during marking, so my holes are (in scale) 1 inch off. out of scale, that is .0625", or a sneeze away from accuracy.
When the tractor is finished, I will post more pictures if anyone is interested.
I am not alone is this obsession. Anyone interested in this area should visit http://www.toytractortimes.com and check out what other scale builders are doing. I am not alone!
I just figured I would share... I Am sure someone must be amused by this hobby!
1953!! Farmall F-Cub, bought "new" on this farm in July 1955, in service from 1955-76 and sat 'til '93 when I did a total mech. resto on it & a quick coat of Rust-Oleum "Safety Red" paint. A full metal and paint restoration will be done.
YEs definately keep us posted with pics. Looks like you take more than pride in your work. It amazes me what some people do.
I also noticed I just reached my 3rd 501 post, good for me
Last edited by deputy jailer on Wed Feb 06, 2008 6:31 am, edited 1 time in total.
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