Fred Heim does something that no one in this country does. And he does it as well as anyone could do.
Heim, 68, a woodworker for 58 years, makes exact replicas of popular earthmoving vehicles—a Peterbilt 379 pulling a 26-ft. Hill dump trailer, a Cat D8R and a Rogers 60-ton drop-side goose neck trailer with air suspension, fully functional hydraulics, a Cat 345CL excavator and a radio-controlled Cat 980H wheel loader.
All half size.
Not a miniature, not a shelf model, actual working vehicles with engines, carved out of mahogany, aluminum and plastic and fiberglass, and all to exacting specs 50 percent smaller than the real machines they honor.
Here are some pictures and a video to show you these amazing models..
|Take a look at the driver in the cab|
|This baby is radio controlled|
|Notice the excavator on a trailer and the 18 wheeler on a trailer|
|Thats NOT a photoshop|
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