I have been planning this Heavy Haul project for a couple years now and I’m excited to get started on it. The project is going to be a Mack DM800 pulling a refinery vessel on 4 sets of Scheuerle 3 axle module transporters. The Mack is the MPC kit, 3 axle module transporters are from KFS and the refinery vessel will be scratch built using Dan’s engineering design (40 years working in engineering and construction building refineries will have some help). Starting with the Scheuerle 3 axle module transporters and every piece has to have a lot trimmed off. There’s going to be a lot of measurements figured out to. Here’s some pictures of what I’m starting with.
Thanks Bucky. With my new model room just set up my work bench is still pretty clear. The other thing about Big Rigs is that they take up a lot of shelf space to this project alone will use up to 4’ of shelf space. With my new model room I have made one wall all shelves.
Thanks Bucky I still have all my cars in the packing boxes to unpack and glue any small pieces that have come off with the move. This is the second time to have to go through this process in two years. I’m going to do this over time so I can take my time with each build this time knowing that I’m not going to be moving again for a long time. Last time I knew it was only going to be a short time before moving again so I didn’t take much time with the unpacking last time.
I’ve primed modular transporter #1 and starting on modular transporter #3. Transporter #3&4 are newer models and have a little more deck height than the older modular transporter #1&2 but it’s not going to be a problem I’ll make up the difference in the saddles supports on the vessel.
First,good luck with the new model room, looks great, a little neat, but I give it a couple of weeks for it to start looking like a real model room. Third, this build is a grand jesture in large builds. Good thing you have that whole top shelf cleared. Saw one of these in 1:1 on the road, what a site.
Thanks Tubbs, over the many years of working on building refineries I’ve been able to see a lot of these transporters in use and they are amazing what they can move. These transporters can turn 90 degrees and each wheel assembly can independently move up and down 3 feet this allows the transporter to keep all of the wheels on the ground at all times when going over un level ground. They also use them to transport large modules where they drive with the modules raised up higher than the foundation and then lower the modules on the foundation with out having to use any cranes. My project here would need to be off loaded with 2 cranes at the job site.
There is a Marathon refinery in Robinson, IL. That's 7 miles from my hometown. They brought a vessel in a few years ago that required two sets of those multi-wheeled trailer units. It was first shipped to Evansville, IN on the Ohio River. Then they brought it north via several different highways and roads. There was one tractor pulling and one pushing. They had to have lots of electric and other cables taken down and in quite a few places they even took poles down temporarily. It was quite an ordeal. Your project reminded me of that.