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Old 03-25-2021, 05:49 PM
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Oh why, oh why are you doing this, Mani..?

(And now I expect you to say: "BECAUSE I CAN!!!" )

Hats off to your dedication! Keep up the great work - and take care of your back!
Thanks Marcell for speeding me up.
Yeah, that's why my answer is surely in your sense: Because I can, and I will never give up!

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Old 03-25-2021, 05:55 PM
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Hello everybody,

it's of no use whether I postpone this ordeal until sometime, or now grit my teeth and bravely carry on, especially since the inhibition threshold would be all the greater later.

And since I'm tough, I don't want to pretend tiredness, but get to work.

As you can see, meanwhile I've already had a few more sessions and most recently I arrived at 120 pins.

After I had squeezed, bent and cut off another 40 pins,



I had to take off the headset magnifying glass and wipe the sweat off the glasses to keep the perspective.



With this step now I have reached 160 pins,



but all of which have still to be cut to the final length (6 mm), but which I won't do until the end, when all the remaining 350 pins are squeezed, bent and cut and finally all 456 pins for the 8 Crawler chains are ready.
And that's why let's go on ...

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Old 03-26-2021, 12:16 PM
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I love seeing your updates. You really have to make sure that this model will be preserved properly. At this point you cannot tell the amount of work, time and money that went into this build. It will be (well, it already is ) a one-of-a-kind masterpiece and should find a place at a museum later, maybe at the Speyer space museum or at ESA. I'm not kidding. There is absolutely no known replica of the crawler and the shuttle that is as painstakingly accurate as yours. It is not only a treat to look at but a real labour of love.
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Old 03-26-2021, 05:08 PM
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Thank you, Marcell, for your flattering words, which are reward for my efforts and encouraging me to hold on tight to my dream and to eventually accomplish this long-term project.

Keeping the Shuttles' legacy alive - That's my passion!

Stay tuned, my friends, and don't let me down, I'll never give up!

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Old 03-27-2021, 12:57 PM
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Hello everybody,

unfortunately this game is not over yet. After another 40 pins and the 3rd sweat bead on the headset magnifying glass it was time to take a break and clean the glasses,



as well as to safely stash the pins.



So approx. 150 pins still remain and are waiting for their treatment.



One consolation remains for me, because there become fewer and fewer pins in the glas ...

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Old 03-28-2021, 05:41 AM
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I love seeing your updates. You really have to make sure that this model will be preserved properly. At this point you cannot tell the amount of work, time and money that went into this build. It will be (well, it already is ) a one-of-a-kind masterpiece and should find a place at a museum later, maybe at the Speyer space museum or at ESA. I'm not kidding. There is absolutely no known replica of the crawler and the shuttle that is as painstakingly accurate as yours. It is not only a treat to look at but a real labour of love.
Ditto

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Old 03-28-2021, 04:21 PM
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Kevin and stay tuned.

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Hello everybody,

to get a better overview of the remaining squeezing & bending and to increase my staying power, I've divided this confusing pile of pins in the glass into grouplets of 10, which I gradually have handled.



After these 40 pins I watched the Formula 1 Race in Bahrain.



Then I've worked another 40 pins, and so now only remaining 7 grouplets.



The remainder of the 70 pins will be done tomorrow.



And then the remaining 350 pins are just shortened to the final length of 6 mm.

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Old 03-29-2021, 05:09 PM
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Hello everybody,

and now let's come to the last squeezing & bending round, it becomes time slowly too.

In the first step it went down from 70 to 50 pins,



subsequently from 50 to 30 pins,



then from 30 to 10 pins.



And finally the long-awaited Countdown of the last grouplet was approaching: 10 - 9 - 8 - 7 - 6 - 5 - 4 - 3 - 2 - 1 - Cut-off!!!



Hard to believe, but it's done, and so am I!!!

The battlefield is deserted and the pins are safely stowed away.



Therewith the cutting of the pins to their final length of 6 mm can follow now, which then can be threaded into the Pin lugs of the Track shoes, which will finally result in the 8 Crawler chains.

After careful consideration, I've decided not to shorten the pins using the Miter Cutter, but with the already tried and tested Single-cut method using the steel ruler angle.



And so it will go on soon,



because 350 pins are already waiting for the final cut.

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