November 21, 2012 1 Comment
My Mini Feller started after I made this MOC. I wanted to do a small little project, and I wanted to do something fun and simple, and I thought the Mini Feller would be a great partner to the Mini Skidder. The skidder is a simple design, that uses simple construction techniques, unlike the Feller. Also, you can build your own. Feel free to check out the instructions here.
I started with the rear grabber. I added a simple worm gear to 8z connection that moved one of the arms, and connected it to the other arm with a 16z to 16z connection. The axle that connected to the worm gear would exit out of the top of the grabber and allow for movement with your hand. I attached it to an arm that would attach to the MOC. The arm would be connected by two arms on each side of different lengths, so the grabber would move in an arc, and connected to the chassis. On the chassis I connected the rear arm to a 24z gear, and placed a worm gear above it.
I connected the rear part of the skidder to the front part with the new small turntable. This allowed for simple gear connection with a 20z gear to the Hand-Of-God steering. This worked well, and kept the model simple. Just in front of the steering mechanism, I added another 24z gear for the plow. Taking a cue from set 8069, I set the worm gear vertically, and connected it to the exhaust stack; simple and pretty. I then filled in the space. A simple body was added, as was the plow, and wheels, though not in the cleanest of ways.
It was fun little design with simple solutions for the functions. It’s not as complicated or compromised as my Feller, but still a playable MOC. Also, its easier to build should you feel the need.
The full gallery may be found here.
Thanks for reading.