In this "Making-of Caterpillar D6R LGP Dozer" we will show how this custom model will be achieved.
Ad shares his building skills through the photos with little notes guiding us in the construction process. Gradually it shows the making of a unique model by using the donor Caterpillar D6H Dozer from Conrad and a D6R LGP Dozer from Tonkin Replicas in 1:50th scale to create his one of kind Caterpillar D6R LGP Dozer from company Snijder in The Netherlands.
Enjoy reading & watching!
Ad and Wouter
A long time ago, Ad built a custom Caterpillar D6R LGP Dozer in 1:50th scale based on a donor Caterpillar D6H Dozer from Conrad.
When Tonkin Replicas released their Caterpillar D6R XL Dozer in 2015, the moment came when Ad took a critical look at his "R" version in the display case. Conclusion: His custom with the Conrad model as donor was just too wide!
Ad got the final inspiration when he saw the photo of this special dozer from the Snijder company on the website of Bouwmachinesvannu. Their Caterpillar D6R LGP Dozer has been raised for work on the wet dump on the beach. Only one machine was built in this version. All things considered simple choice: New project!
Snijder is a family owned company that specializes in hiring out (Caterpillar) earthmoving equipment and concomitant technical services, operating both with The Netherlands and abroad. The projects are prepared and managed from our head office in Hoorn, The Netherlands.
After the decision to build a new custom Caterpillar D6R LGP Dozer in the "Snijder" company version, the old conversion was first demolished. And then started again with the donor "XL" undercarriages to make the correct D6R LGP version.
The mounting for undercarriages is made on the frame of the Tonkin Replicas D6R XL.
Ad made the elevation plates from brass material as they were also made on the 1:1 Caterpillar D6R LGP machine of the Snijder company.
The result speaks for itself: Clearly visible height difference!!
Ad used the metal tracks from Norscot's Caterpillar 587T Pipelayer as a donor for his D6R LGP tracks. These tracks of the 587T in scale 1:50 are 17mm wide which corresponds to 85cm plates in 1:1.