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Lil Giants 10-21-2008 11:29 AM

Lil' Giants Constr. Co.
WDC 966 loading the WDC 740[/url] 966 loading 740

Stahl922 loading WDC 740[/url] 922 loading 740

Stock piling with the 740[/url] 740 stock piling

740 climbing out of the hole with a load on[/url] 740 climbing out of the hole

Stahl 742 Liebherr dozer

Dozer 2

GL - steep climb with locker axles[/url] GL - steep climb with locker axles

GL- shoot for the moon

The original dirt lump crusher

Hoe stock piling

922 loading bottom dump trl

632 track loader loading the 740


966 pushing up the pile

new dirt lump crusher

Top view of new crusher

632 loading 740 from the ground

632 loading KH

632 laoding KH pup

922 driving off a ledge

pup dumping into conveyer

Road demolition

Road Demolition 2

922 loading KH

Holding Bin

Coveyer on Crusher

Too much rain... quarry flood

Floor Dry 2

Leveling out the floor dry

6wd GL stuck

Try again

922 cleaning up the floor dry

Dumping floor dry into 5ga bucket

dozing up the floor dry

Digging deep

Loading out from the crusher with the 966

Leimbach 5 stage telescope

Stahl's Komatsu WA500 loading out from the crusher

Mining down the wall

Scaling the wall with the KH

Off-Road Ranger 10-21-2008 12:57 PM

i came home with you:nice:
very cool man i love those truck and always wished to have one

talon 10-21-2008 02:07 PM

very cool!!

Vforce 10-21-2008 02:18 PM

I can watch your vids over and over Joe. I almost hope you'll never get done with your basement:crazy:

DODweb 10-21-2008 05:03 PM

Now that just makes me jealous. Or in love. Or both. Absolutely awesome!

defender experience 10-21-2008 05:49 PM

I cant believe what im watching!

The trucks are amazing, the machinery is amazing, but the sound and atmosphere created is beyond me!

Best vids ever.

0778drz110 10-21-2008 06:56 PM

:omg: cool videos!:chug:

Jim511 10-21-2008 08:49 PM

So do you build these all from scratch? Do I want to know how much it would cost to build an excavator? That's awesome!

SebringMGB 10-21-2008 09:02 PM

That is just plain awesome... Im sorry if it was explained in a video i havent watched yet.. But are you doing ALL the work you can with the scale equipment? Or just having a little fun with it along the way? Either way, that is exrememly cool...

emac 10-21-2008 09:02 PM

nice vids also seen them over on garden trucking:nice:

Lil Giants 10-21-2008 10:32 PM

Great replies everyone, thank you! :chug:

Ole, I should be able to drag it out for a few more yrs yet, several cubic yards to go from the south wall and then there's 20 inches to take from the floor. ^_^

Jim511, most every video states who made the model, be it Wedico or Stahl or Tamiya. The only model built completely from scratch is the bottom dumper B train with some parts taken from the Tamiya flatbed trl kits. My excavators are eight yrs old, they were alot cheaper then than they are now, but then the model excavators of today are alot more detailed with better working parts. My next track hoe will be a Wedico & it's "rumored" to be a Caterpillar 345. :banana:

SebringMGB, I never did any talking or script in the vids. There is a purpose to all this maddness :crazy: and it has been ask & answered a few times before, so I'll just copy & paste from another forum. ;) And yes, I try to do as much as I can with the scale equipment.

Early August of 02 it rained 8" in 7 days and I had forgot to replace the eave extension on the NE corner of the house after cutting my grass the wk or so before. Alot of moisture soaked up in the NE corner of the basement & a month or so later a big chunk of the dirt wall fell off & was strewn acoss the floor, partially blocking the entry way into my water well.

I got started in this radio controlled heavy commercial hobby in the Spring of 97 with a Tamiya King Hauler & flatbed trl. By the time of this "cave in" in 02 I had aquired a bulldozer & trackhoe rc models from Germany & worked away at cleaning up this mess with them during the winter months when things are slow on the farm. I trucked the dirt to another corner of the basement, out of the way.

I found it to be great entertainment & after getting all of it cleared away.... well.... then there was just another mess in the other corner of the basement. LOL I had to do something with it & I also thought I'd better crib the walls with wood to prevent any future cave-ins that could affect the foundation. While I was at it, I thought I'd make the area down there a little larger too by trimming back the dirt walls a couple of feet & when it's finnished a couple of yrs from now, then I'll pour a cement floor too.

It's been a great hobby thus far, dreaming up - building all sorts of different minature equipment from kits or from scratch for this "mining" project. If it wasn't for this mining project I probably would have lost of interest in this hobby by now b/c once the models are built - the novelty of how they work & perform would wear off with no task to be accomplished them.

I have a yellow dump trk (Tamiya Mammoth) and I trucked dirt out of the basement, approx 2 cu yds the summer of 05, up a wooden ramp 16" wide, most of that dirt being what had originally fell off the wall to begin this excavation.

The summer of 06 I built a 4" belt conveyor & moved out over twice that amount. And so far I've only accomplished mining the east wall. The south wall (longer part of the house) has nearly twice the material to be mined away. I won't be finnishing this "project" anytime soon.

If you wish to know about each model in the fleet, I have a thread on the Garden with over 800 pics and lots of script of what I have been doing for the last four yrs in the basement. Hauling Dirt out of my Basement Some ppl have commented recently that it has taken them over 4hrs to get through it all. :chug:

DODweb 10-24-2008 03:09 PM

Just got throug that epic thread after almost constantly reading the last days. Beyond words!

Sweet Pete Wrecker 10-27-2008 02:33 PM

Joe i have been meaning to reply but it takes a while to get through all of those video's. Great Job as always.

Thats what they call a work in Progress.:chug:

Vforce 10-27-2008 03:42 PM

[quote=protrker;343470] My next track hoe will be a Wedico & it's "rumored" to be a Caterpillar 345.

I think I can change that status from rumor to confirmed. See below for e-mail reply I received from Wedico.

Hi Ole,

yes we are thinking about an excavator, but we have to wait for the planed facelifting of the original CAT 345.

I think we will not have it before end of 2009.

Mit freundlichen Grüßen / best regards

Ralf Bierenfeld

WEDICO Truck + Construction Models GmbH, Wartburgstr. 21, 42285 Wuppertal
Sitz Wuppertal, HRB 18792
Geschäftsführer: Rainer Johann auf der Heide

Lil Giants 10-29-2008 08:09 PM

Good to hear you found the thread interesting DODweb. :chug:

Thanx for the kind words Jimmy, appreciated. :chug:

That is good news Ole, thanx for looking into that for me. :chug: But not so good that the 345 may not be in production for more than a yr yet. An excavator is certainly a much less complicated model to design than their previous two offerings, I thought it would have come to the consumer sooner. :(

I betcha a hi-drive dozer will be next?! :firedevil:

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