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Attack of the Mini Axe Men
A set of LDD models of forest machines, all done at a nominal 4-wide scale (i.e. 2 feet per stud)
About this creation
I have been building a mini vehicles lately ("mini" here means a based on a underlying scale of about 2 feet per stud, which implies that most trucks are about 4 studs wide). I decided to take the 4-wide vehicle theme in a slightly different direction -- I built a logging crew in the mini scale. In the main picture, from left to right, you have:

  • a CAT 568 log handler
  • a Kenworth logging truck
  • a CAT 573C feller-buncher
  • a CAT 584HD forwarder
  • a CAT 545C wheel skidder

Next, some closer looks the individual models. First, we have the Caterpiller 573C feller buncher. It has articulated steering and a feller head that can be raised and tilted.





Now a look at 4he Caterpillar 545C wheel skidder. It has articulated steering, pendular front suspension, and a working log grapple.





Next, we have the Caterpiller 584HD forwarder. It has articulated steering and a working log loader with grapple.



Next, we have the Caterpillar 568 log loader. It can swivel on its base and it has semi-working (i.e. posable) boom, stick, and grapple. It might look disproportionately tall, but it is supposed to be -- the floor of the operator's cab is about 10 feet off the ground to give him a good view, making the overall height over 16 feet.





Finally, we have the Kenworth logging truck.



Now let's see the machines in action. First, the feller-buncher does a bunch of felling, cutting down trees and leaving them in piles nearby.







Next, the wheel skidder and forwarder go to work hauling the logs out to the nearest logging road.







The log handler takes over from there, loading the logs onto a waiting logging truck.



And then the truck heads off to deliver its load to a mill.






Comments

 I made it 
  September 19, 2013
Quoting Scott Bertaut Absolutely incredible! This is probably the best micro scale MOC I have ever seen! Love all the working parts, everything not only looks the part but is functional as well. I hadn't realized LDD was this pose-able, I must try it again sometime as I haven't used it in a long time. "Epic! Epic! Epic!" - chants the Minifigs.
Thanks. I tried to make the machines as functional as possible, but to be fair, some of the features are more "posable" than truly functional (i.e. they rely on a sliding a shaft against quite a bit of static friction).
Quoting Mihe Stonee brilliant in every detail! such builts let me know why i love Lego... everything is possible and your little builts are so regonizable!
Thanks!
  September 19, 2013
Absolutely incredible! This is probably the best micro scale MOC I have ever seen! Love all the working parts, everything not only looks the part but is functional as well. I hadn't realized LDD was this pose-able, I must try it again sometime as I haven't used it in a long time. "Epic! Epic! Epic!" - chants the Minifigs.
 I like it 
  July 31, 2013
brilliant in every detail! such builts let me know why i love Lego... everything is possible and your little builts are so regonizable!
 I made it 
  July 31, 2013
Quoting Senator Chinchilla . Very neat collection of equipment!
Thanks. Time permitting, I may have a few additions to the set sometime in the near future.
 I made it 
  July 31, 2013
Quoting clayton Marchetti I can't believe how you make small enormous ! Even the axe men look great . I love the truck with all the logs stacked on it . Brilliant !
Thanks. I think what contributes most to that "enormous" feel is the log loader (accurately) towering over the truck. The truck more than anything sets the scale, since most people are somewhat familiar with that type of vehicle.
 I like it 
  July 31, 2013
Very neat collection of equipment!
 I like it 
  July 31, 2013
I can't believe how you make small enormous ! Even the axe men look great . I love the truck with all the logs stacked on it . Brilliant !
 
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