013. Steam shovel

Steam shovels helped shape the world we know today. This tinplate model is not a replica of any specific shovel but incorporates features of many. Not only that, it’s fun to play with. You can raise and lower the boom and dipper, open the dipper, and rotate the shovel body on its base.

This is not a project for beginners. You’ll need to be pretty comfortable with soldering techniques. There’s a lot to the steam shovel but in the end you’ll have a great desk accessory that will keep you amused for a long time when you should be working!

Dimensions: About 10″ long overall; 3-1/4″ wide; 5-1/4″ high over smoke stack

PDF Specs

  • 145 pictures
  • 28 instruction pages
  • 4 plans pages

Price:

  • $9.95

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Difficulty

Tools

  • Vise
  • File
  • 1/16" drill
  • Soldering iron
  • Scissors
  • Pin vise or Dremel
  • Pliers (long-nose)
  • X-acto knife
  • Drill press
  • Rolling pin
  • Soft foam mat
  • Paper corrugater
  • Saw for cutting forms

Materials

  • Tinplate
  • Solder & flux
  • 1/16" brass rod, four 12" lengths
  • 1" PVC pipe, 8" long
  • 3/8" dowel, 8" long
  • 3/4" dowel, 4" long
  • Hardwood forms: 5.125" x .312" x 3/8" and 7.250" x .422" x 1/4"
  • Wood scraps: 1/8" x 1" x 3" and 1/16" x 1" x 1/2"
  • Spray adhesive