Over the Hill Construction Co. builds model railroads with scale model construction equipment.
When you’re excavating nice fill from a small-scale pit but it’s full of larger rocks, what can you do? Run it through a screener, such as this homemade scale model Mike Perigo and Tom Briggs built specifically for that purpose.
Well used, but not abused, this little red International dump truck has hauled more than its share of material for the Over The Hill Construction Co. Based on a Cub Cadet chassis, the frame has been stretched and the relocated transaxle powers a pair of chain sprockets that drive the rear wheels. The truck’s keyhole cab was fabricated using plywood and seats used in model railroading.
Retired heavy equipment operator Mike Perigo is a natural with this Kubota K-008 excavator. Here he mines a gravel bank and loads it into his AB Mack scale model dump truck. The truck is capable of carrying nearly 3/4 cubic yards of material with sideboards installed, but when the gravel is moist, Mike rarely loads more than 1/3 of a cubic yard.
This little Farmall F-20 was fabricated specifically to pull a self-powered finishing mower. Although the 3-1/2 hp Briggs & Stratton-powered tractor uses a Wheel Horse chassis, many parts (such as the steering gear, front bolster, radiator and cap) were made from scratch.
Mike Perigo and Tom Briggs built this AB Mack wrecker for Jim Martin, owner of a heavy truck towing business. In this fabrication, the Cub Cadet transaxle was moved completely back, and dual rear wheels were mounted on its hubs.
The working end of Jim’s AB Mack wrecker includes this nicely scaled Weaver Model G Auto Crane. The rear axle isn’t really a full-floating model, although Mike and Tom created the hub’s center inserts to make it look like it is.
Dumping the International truck’s box is as easy as pulling a lever in the cab, which engages a hydraulic pump and extends the cylinder. In this early design, a cable sheaved over the top of the cylinder’s piston raises the box. Note the tailgate detail and functional gravel gate.
Retired machinist Tom Briggs is a railroad engineer at heart. Here, he pilots a hydrostatically driven engine he built on track owned by the Mid-Michigan Railroad. Tom and Mike Perigo helped prepare the surface for many of those thousands of feet of track with their mighty miniature machines.
Bruce Dannenhauer takes a break from the railroad-building project and puts the scale Galion grader to use maintaining the gravel lane to his house. The little grader makes short work of the project and since it can go where large graders simply can’t fit, it is perfect for this kind of project.
A long time in the making, Mike Perigo’s truck-mounted Marion crane project began life with a tracked undercarriage. The fully functional piece is now mounted on this stretched Cub Cadet chassis. The clamshell shovel is useful for digging and loading, but the piece proved to be a little slow at loading trucks. A 3-1/2 hp Briggs & Stratton engine is tucked below the operator’s seat for power. The engine works the winches and the turntable gears Tom machined from scratch in his home shop.