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US Tractor

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Currently Piet is at stage 57 of 77 steps with Miniarts US Tractor with dozer blade. He reports that the model is outstanding in detail and fitting. Some of the tiny handles/connection rods are replaced by copper wire for better handling. Pieter is building this as a version used by the Korean Army at the Bong Son area abandoned in the fields somewhere. He will be giving it a faded orange/red finish to represent post military commercial use with the old paint and rust showing through.

Pieter has modified the original seats to show the expected wear and tear by first removing most of the seating, filled it with green putty and while still pliable he fitted, previously prepared lead foil to represent the original seat cover. After that he made dents, scratches and holes with a hobby knife and painted it with Tamiya paints, oils, dry brushing, repeating this process after drying. For fun he added some grass growing on one of the cushions. He represents the rust by basecoating with Tamiya hull red followed by Tamiya light blue followed by chipping using the hairspray method. Pieter has more bottles of Hull Red to be used to obtain varying shades and colors to represent different rust colors. .
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About Pieter Siegel (Paiegel)


Comments

That kit builds into a beautiful and amazingly detailed model. Fantastic work. One minor note: the cup that hangs down below the pre-air cleaner is actually supposed to be glass. However, at the risk of nit picking I freely admit with numerous repaints of the original vehicle the cup often got painted over.
AUG 15, 2019 - 03:34 PM
Excellent weathering and disintegration
AUG 16, 2019 - 08:28 AM
That is fabulous! One question; how long has it taken you to get this far? Would love to do one but the time commitment scares me a bit. Cheers, Rick Cooper
AUG 16, 2019 - 09:12 AM
Looks great. Excellent work. Thanks, Randy
AUG 16, 2019 - 10:05 AM
Sounds like a water trap in the fuel line.
AUG 16, 2019 - 11:04 AM
This type of pre-air cleaner was very common on farm tractors and bulldozers in the 30's and 40's. Any equipment that worked in a high dust/high particulate environment. Everything from tiny Farmalls to big Cats. . Again just trying to share information here, NOT trying to criticize a great model in any way, shape or form. I learned about this item as part of my research while building my own Mirror Models D7 dozer. That is a standard small glass Ball Canning Jar with the perferated lid attached to the air filter. The idea was that the driver could keep an eye on the glass jar and when it got full, unscrew it and dump the contents.
AUG 16, 2019 - 07:03 PM
From a local Farm & Machinery Show:
AUG 17, 2019 - 01:13 PM