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Bantam Backhoe - By Carter Brown

Carter Brown built this model based on an early '50s Bantam backhoe prototype. The truck carrier was made from a Mercury Gradall 1/75 scale model. The chassis was narrowed a scale foot to bring it into 1/87 scale. The cab and wheels were deemed suitable for 1/87 scale although he replaced the original wheels. The backhoe was made from a Woodland Scenic's Insley backhoe model. Carter did a lot of modification (not obvious from the photo). It was possible because the Insley model is made out of very thick white metal castings. He also replaced some of the rigging since the Bantam was a lighter piece of equipment that the Insley prototype.

Posted July 28, 2008