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Modeling Heavy Equipment: Backhoe (Part 1)

Live Stream Host: Kent Trammell
  • Software:Blender 2.81  ·
  • Difficulty:Advanced

Buckle up for a LONG project.

My kids absolutely love "diggers" and as a 3D modeler I certainly appreciate them too. All the complex shapes, hard edges, bolts, hydraulics, tire treads, etc. It's a modelers playground and labyrinth rolled into one. 

I'm going to start building a digger - a Caterpillar 434E specifically - as accurately and detailed as I can. The name of the game here is organization, perseverance, and efficiency because most of the shapes are not difficult to build. There's just. so. many. of. them. Which gave me an idea...

Stop! Collaborate and Listen

Why don't we build this thing together? For those interested in following the project, I'm hoping at least a few will participate by modeling certain pieces of the backhoe themselves to be submitted to me for review and incorporation into the final model.

I'll be writing more info about the collaboration in a forum thread in March, if you're interested.