Matchbox Ruston Bucyrus Major Pack No.4 Code 3
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TOPIC: Matchbox Ruston Bucyrus Major Pack No.4 Code 3

Matchbox Ruston Bucyrus Major Pack No.4 Code 3 2 years, 1 month ago #1

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<p>A short story about a Code3 resto of a Matchbox Ruston Bucyrus.</p>
<p>Starting point: a used model without tracks.</p>
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<p>Dismantling the model by drilling out the rivets.</p>
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<p>The base with rusted axles.</p>
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<p>Unfortunatly I don´t have pics of the steps in between- polishing the axles and trackwheel, painting etc.</p>
<p>Ich choosed to paint it in more original colours. A dark green for the shovel, boom and baseplate. The body was painted in "blood and custard".</p>
<p>Luckily I found some decals with the 22-RB script in red.</p>
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<p>Now I have a load for my Pickford´s Lowloader. (yet to be restored)</p>
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Last Edit: 2 years, 1 month ago by rivera.
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Re: Matchbox Ruston Bucyrus Major Pack No.4 Code 3 2 years, 1 month ago #2

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<p>That sure looks good, and now we know why you use the avatar!</p>
<p>You have to tell me more though. What is the scale, how does it operate (if it does), what year, what material for the tyres, as you did not have them. How did you close the model?</p>
<p>The only thing I would do differently is the tracks, which I would do black.....</p>
Last Edit: 2 years, 1 month ago by Keesie.

Re: Matchbox Ruston Bucyrus Major Pack No.4 Code 3 2 years, 1 month ago #3

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Great restoration & colours, they remind me of the colours MJ Gleeson used to paint their large plant.

Re: Matchbox Ruston Bucyrus Major Pack No.4 Code 3 2 years, 1 month ago #4

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<p>The model is approx. 8 cm long and 6.5 cm in height. ( 1:90 scale or so?)</p>
<p>You can move the shovel by hand, no ropes or whatsoever.</p>
<p>The boom is not moving.</p>
<p>There are no tyres, just metal rollers for the tracks.</p>
<p>And yes, black tracks would have been a better choice.</p>
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Re: Matchbox Ruston Bucyrus Major Pack No.4 Code 3 2 years, 1 month ago #5

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I closed the model with these rivets and superglue:
www.ebay.co.uk/itm/50-x-RIVETS-Drill-Bit...OTHERS-/173869219674

Re: Matchbox Ruston Bucyrus Major Pack No.4 Code 3 2 years, 1 month ago #6

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<p>Thanks, I did not realise the model was that small. As the average Corgi/Dinky is 1:43, yours must be half of that. The Corgi Priestman is 7,5 centimeters from wheels to the top of the cab, not measuring the boom.</p>
<p>Wouldn't you consider making it operational ? That would really be a challenge.....</p>
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Re: Matchbox Ruston Bucyrus Major Pack No.4 Code 3 2 years, 1 month ago #7

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You would need watchmakers skills to make it operational.
There is no mechanism or cranks for winding ropes. The wheel
on top of the boom is cast as one piece. There are two wheels on the real thing.
So, nope. I´ll leave it as is.

Re: Matchbox Ruston Bucyrus Major Pack No.4 Code 3 2 years, 1 month ago #8

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<p>I understand, and I see the big boom has a 'simulated' axle at the base. Still, you'd be surprised what should not work factorywise, and what you can make to work.......</p>
Last Edit: 2 years, 1 month ago by Keesie.

Re: Matchbox Ruston Bucyrus Major Pack No.4 Code 3 2 years, 1 month ago #9

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I see your using the end of Pop Rivets for your toys. You can buy the small ones at Home Hardware or your local hardware store for much less than £4.99 plus shipping. Just take the nail out of the smallest pop-rivets and use the piece that is left. I buy small drill bits in boxes of 5 to 10 for just a few dollars.
I sell Steve Flowers rivets and prefer them over pop rivets. I don't like the hole they have. I prefer a dimple. Here are the small rivets I use on most toys. Matchbox I don't use any unless I have to. I only take off just enough metal on the rivet so I can pry the base off. When I assemble the toy what is left over is then bent back down with a drift and then painted to match the body, as Matchbox did.
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They come in small, medium and large.

Re: Matchbox Ruston Bucyrus Major Pack No.4 Code 3 2 years, 1 month ago #10

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I bought a whole box of rivets in May at a vintage car fair for 8 Euros.
The big ones are not suitable for model cars but there are several smaller ones which look almost
like Dinky or Matchbox rivets

Re: Matchbox Ruston Bucyrus Major Pack No.4 Code 3 2 years, 1 month ago #11

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I have some black Matchbox tracks you may be able to make use of, really should of bought white original ones for my snow-trac resto.

Re: Matchbox Ruston Bucyrus Major Pack No.4 Code 3 2 years, 1 month ago #12

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The Snow Track White Tracks are one of my best seller on my eBay store.

Re: Matchbox Ruston Bucyrus Major Pack No.4 Code 3 2 years, 1 month ago #13

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Nice collection of rivets for all occasions. Great price too.

Re: Matchbox Ruston Bucyrus Major Pack No.4 Code 3 2 years, 1 month ago #14

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On the other had these are restored models.
So it should be visible by the rivets.
Others use small screws to hold the models together after a makeover.
I wonder how Matchbox or Dinky did the original rivet heads without harming the
paint on the model. You need a certain pressure to achieve a proper riveting.
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Re: Matchbox Ruston Bucyrus Major Pack No.4 Code 3 2 years, 1 month ago #15

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Good question but I don't know the answer. I would assume they used a machine to turn the rivet over but you would think that would damage the paint.
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