Custom scale model builder Ad Gevers has recently started his next project of building his
Caterpillar D4D HGC Tractor
It is our goal for the coming period in this Making-of Caterpillar D4D HGC (High Ground Clearance) Tractor to show how this custom model will be achieved.
As a basis for this project Ad uses as donor the Caterpillar D4D Small Dozer in 1:50th scale. This Golden Oldies scale model was released in 1970 by NZG NZG Nürnberger Zinkdruckguss-Modelle GmbH under #119.
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 D4D Dozer from NZG in 1:50th scale to create his one of kind Caterpillar D4D HGC Tractor.
Enjoy reading & watching!
Ad and Wouter
Ad had had the idea of building the Caterpillar D4D in HGC version already for a long time.
But due to a lack of the right parts and (yet) no time and because of not making them himself, the project remained on the drawing board....
....but when fellow collector and custom builder Andrea Nonnis from Brazil offered an HGC kit with the right track shoes, idler and sprocket for the Caterpillar D4D Dozer from NZG, Ad energetically started this new project.
For starters Ad has secured the sprocket cover plate so that they will both be the same size.
Ad first soldered four of these together, which was no problem, but then putting two of them together again to make the undercarriage went wrong. Too much heat entered the workpiece causing it to disintegrate.
The ultimately good solution was to make the undercarriages in one piece.
The next step in making the undercarriage is to install the bottom rollers into the new frame.
The axis is then assembled with the cover for the sprocket
Finally the running wheel can be placed and the first test with the custom 3D printed tracks follows.
The original fenders were of course much too thick, so they were cut away as much as possible
The Caterpillar D4D Dozer from NZG is equipped with a cabin, so there is a slot in the fuel tank that needs to be filled for the HGC version that does not have a cabin.
Because the original undercarriages have been removed and have been replaced by the HGC versions, the spaces and places that have become visible must also be filled to fit to the new Upper structure.
Ad also made the new final drive and removed the reinforcement of the nose.
Super sleek: thin fenders!
The new grill. Secretly a lot of work, but more than worth it for the look of the machine
The top of the battery boxes are too round, so some small pieces of them have been cut off.
On the Upper structure, material had to be sawn away here and there for the installation of the new floor plate and the operating handles.
Due to all the adjustments, the attachment point with the undercarriage was no longer there and Ad glued it in again.
To complete this phase, Ad made some minor changes to the engine housing, such as the air filter and fin, but also the back of the radiator was overhauled.
The PTO shaft also gets its place!