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Albert's PistenBully 600 Polar

Artikel Rad & Kette

The german magazine Rad & Kette 1/2014 features an article by me about detailing my PB600 Polar with lots of advices. It's in German language.

The article can be downloaded here as PDF, with friendly permission by the magazine.

 

My very first article was published in fall 2008 in the issue Rad & Kette 1/2009. Here I describe the development of the body and tiller, and how the kit was created. These were the beginnings!

The article can be downloaded here as PDF, with friendly permission by the magazine. It is in German.

PB600

The PB600 in scale 1:12 is based on the Graupner chassis, which meanwhile consists only of the tub and the powertrain.
The gear box was retrofitted with a modified primary gear set by Pistenking to achieve a more realistic slower speed.

 

Geräteträger

The body and tiller have been developed by myself, and they are also available as kits. The snow blade is from Pistenking (Andi Rieger), the front mechanisms has been scratch built. The tracks are from Kettenkraxler (Klaus Bergdolt), and recently the look has been enhanced by original scale wheels from Pistenking.

 

Fräse

An absolutely scale finisher, which was difficult to produce, has been added to the AlpinFlex-Tiller.

The tiller itself is of course motorized (see video).

The hydraulic hoses are according to the original.

The side finishers can be raised by remote control.

 

Fräse

PB600 select

Even for a model a general overhaul is necessary after a few years - for the originals this is done at the factory, and the revised snow cat is called a PistenBully select.

During this overhaul our PB600 select got new auxilliary lights from Pistenking (see Know How). All LEDs were exchanged and are now switchable seperately.

The connection between body and tub is done with a CAT5-connector (see Know How)

The body is hold in place with 3 strong neodymium magnets from a hardware store. The old Graupner mounting bolts were replaced with turned parts, which serve as positioners (see pictures left and below).

Of course body and paint damages were repaired, like at the original.

 

The new driver is by the way an enthusiastic VANS fan, like all our drivers, and furthermore snowboarder. He has his snowboard always with him.

 

 


Even when you think the snow cat is finally finished, there's always something to improve. In July 2018 I made a completely new front attachment carrier. The previous one + Polar blade was installed at Fabian's PB600.

As some small eye candy I had the angle connectors for the side part cylinders printed in brass, just looking like the original. As the hoses are glued to these connectors I made them removable by a small M1,6 screw. So I can easily change the snow blade against the double snowblower.

The hydraulics connectors were soldered from 117 individual parts. They look exactly like the connectors on my PB400 ParkPro. The hoses are 2 mm hydraulic hoses by Leimbach. I used Pattex to glue them into the connectors.

The PB600 wasw originally a Graupner PistenBully which came on the market in 1981. It was immediately purchased with all available accessories. Below are historic pictures from 1984: that's how the model looked back then and how it was used over decades, before the modification to the PB600 was done in 2007.

Graupner 1984
Graupner 1984 Graupner 1984
   

Technical Data

General:
- Scale: 1:12
- Chassis tub: Graupner
- Tracks: Kettenkraxler (self made)
- Equipment carrier front: self made
- Snow blade by Pistenking
- PB600 body by AT modellbau
- AlpinFlex-Tiller by AT modellbau

Aufrüstteile:
- Wheel Set by Pistenking
- Parts set for driver cabin by Pistenking
- Gear conversion set by Pistenking

Electronic Components:
- RC system ScaleArt Commander SA-1000 with CM-5000 receiver
- Double Speed Controller Pistenking
- Castle Creations CC BEC to supply the receiver and servos
- Battery NiMH 6 cells
- CTI Switch Modules Ps4o and PS4u to control the lights
- Back-up warning beeper Pistenking
- Rotating beacon Pistenking


ScaleArt Commander SA-1000

 

 

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