Lesu Forklift

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Lesu Forklift

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Well this is a bit different. Since the demise of the Robbe forklift there has been a bit of a gap in the capable forklift market. Will this fill the gap?

Sorry to say that I seem to have lost a couple of pics so we start a bit further on than I meant to.

First comment is that the kit arrives with bearings fitted to the stack with c clips. The instructions clearly tell you to not paint the bearings so you have to take them off. So why fit in the first place. (I could say the same about the excavator).
Forklift 1.jpg
So this is the second stage afetr building the stack components. The rams were very stiff and I had to pull them out before they would move easily. All painted but I still need to find the spacers for the chain sprockets at the top.
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These show the rear and yes I left the hydraulics grey. There are two sets - one for the raise and lower and one for the tilt.
Forklift 3.jpg
Forks attached and I have left those natural for the moment. I will have a think about what to do with them but it is easy to remove them.
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The next stage is buildding the body, well the upper body, There are 3 main parts upper body, cab floor and the safety cradle. The safety cradle has a beacon, two side light and two spots/worklights. Lesu supply an illuminated beacon and a wig wag unit. I decided against that and went for a similar domed rotary beconthe wires are run in heatshrink and down the sides of the cradle - not the best IMO.

the front lights are painful as they are suppied with white smt leds on wires. The trouble with that is that colours always "burn through" lenses so I have changed the two for the orange sidelights to orange. That means I have to run 3 wires and fit different resistors as the lesu ones are no longer suitable. The beacon can plug in the receiver.

Next you screw the counterweight to the rear of the cradle.
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The next step is simply to place the cradle on the body top, insert the plastic deck and do up 4 screws. Then the seat, gear lever, disply and steering wheel. Lesu supply stickers but they are innefective unles you paint the locations white!
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Finishing touches are the exhaust and filler cap.
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Re: Lesu Forklift

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The next step is to build the gearbox. Or not as its already done. The motor, gerbox, diff and casing are all prebuilt for you.

You need to add the drive hubs, wheel rims and wheel covers. It feels a bit Tamiya ish here ( How many parts can we break this down to?) and then 20 bolts to do up.
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Oh I forgot the tyres ;)
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