42081 - Wheel Skidder

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This skidder is my first alternative model built out of LEGO Technic set 42081. It was inspired by CAT 525C skidder and features articulated steering, working decking blade, dual-function arch and grapple.

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MOC-26652

Name 42081 - Wheel Skidder
Designer Tomik
Designed 2019
Inventory 847 parts
Theme Technic > Model > Farm
Alternate Build of 42081-1 Volvo Concept Wheel Loader ZEUX
Old Trafford

4 COMMENTS

  • 3 months, 3 weeks ago LegoFarmer35 Level 7
    Very cool MOC, and to be honest, I think I prefer this one to the ZEUX loader, good job you did!!!
    • 3 months, 2 weeks ago Tomik Level 23 Designed this MOC
      Thank you for your comment. I enjoyed building it and it is nice to hear that you like it so much.
  • 7 months, 1 week ago bios4 Level 13
    Great MOC, Tomik!

    I am always impressed when MOCers create true C-models of existing OEM-sets - I wonder how much trial & error must be going on during the design process.

    Well done in this case - from my point of view the model looks even better in real life than on the pictures/in the video.

    Keep up your work!
    • 7 months, 1 week ago Tomik Level 23 Designed this MOC
      Thank you for your comment. I agree with you that model looks better in reality than on pictures - it is always great challenge to take good pictures of models expecially if they are mostly black.
      About design process - I started with grapple and arm. I rebuilt them few times and then they lay on my table week or so till I found enough motivation to continue building. Things went faster when I took blueprints of CAT 525C. At this point I was able to calculate dimensions of whole model in accordance with size of wheels. Then I made prototype of whole machine and began improving it till I got finished model. It took me about two weeks and many takings apart...
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