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  • Member since
    November, 2009
  • From: Twin Cities of Minnesota
Holt Artillery Tractor Finished
Posted by Don Stauffer on Monday, November 05, 2018 9:54 AM

I've started the Roden Holt ArtilleryTractor.

 

I am sort of a novice with Armor models.  I built a few tanks over a quarter-century ago, and a couple of Artillery pieces about a year ago, but that is all.  I do have over seventy years of model building experience, however, so I figured I could handle it.

It is taking every bit of that experience, however.  I swear I have used more CA debonder so far than CA glue.

Anyway, after all the mis-steps so far, it is still coming along.  The front wheel has been a nightmare.  This kit is really two projects in one- the front wheel and the rest of the model!  But I had severl mis-steps on other assemblies too.  Here is progress so far.

 

Don Stauffer in Minnesota

  • Member since
    December, 2002
  • From: Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, England
Posted by Bish on Monday, November 05, 2018 10:34 AM

Interesting subject Don, looking forward to seeing this come along.

  • Member since
    November, 2009
  • From: SW Virginia
Posted by Gamera on Monday, November 05, 2018 11:32 AM

Yeah, not sure I've even seen that kit before. Looking forward to more! 

"I dream in fire but work in clay." -Arthur Machen

 

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    February, 2011
Posted by knox on Monday, November 05, 2018 12:51 PM

This will be fun.  I’m thinking you bought this so you could play with that big, exposed engine.  Looking forward to watching this come together.       knox

  • Member since
    November, 2009
  • From: Twin Cities of Minnesota
Posted by Don Stauffer on Tuesday, November 13, 2018 2:16 PM

Finished the engine.  Love engines, and models where the engine(s) show, with a lot of detail, and this model fits that.  Some fit problems again with the engine and the instructions are not that clear, but it looks okay now.  Ready to mount engine and whatever you call that hump that covers the transmission and drive components.  Will need to finish the tracks soon- they will be installed in the next step.

They are individual links.  The flash on this kit is, to me, a bit unusual for a recent kit.  Each and every one of the fifty-six links has enough flash that it will not fit without getting rid of that flash, but I have a good set of files, so it is coming along.  From progress so far, I figure removing the flash and assembling the tracks will take me about four to five hours.  Kind of reminds me of repetitive work like erecting shrouds and tieing ratlines on a sailing ship.

 

 

Don Stauffer in Minnesota

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    May, 2009
  • From: Poland
Posted by Pawel on Tuesday, November 13, 2018 3:25 PM

Hello!

This is a fascinating piece of old machinery. Your model is looking good!

Some time ago they were closing a modelling shop in Hannover. There was a book about those early arty tractors and it was being sold so cheap that I just couldn't let it stay there. I'll see if I can find that book, maybe you could use some photos.

Good luck with your builds and have a nice day

Paweł

All comments and critique welcomed. Thanks for your honest opinions!

www.vietnam.net.pl

  • Member since
    December, 2002
  • From: Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, England
Posted by Bish on Tuesday, November 13, 2018 3:31 PM

Some lovely work there Don, that engine loks very nice.

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    May, 2009
  • From: Poland
Posted by Pawel on Friday, November 16, 2018 6:27 AM

Hello Don!

I have found the book, I think you'll find it very interesting. I'm sending you a PM right now. Good luck with your build and have a nice day

Paweł

All comments and critique welcomed. Thanks for your honest opinions!

www.vietnam.net.pl

  • Member since
    November, 2009
  • From: SW Virginia
Posted by Gamera on Friday, November 16, 2018 6:03 PM

Nice work Don!

I clean up track links while watching TV or YouTube videos or something like that.

"I dream in fire but work in clay." -Arthur Machen

 

  • Member since
    November, 2009
  • From: Twin Cities of Minnesota
Posted by Don Stauffer on Thursday, November 29, 2018 7:21 AM

Just about finished.  Only work left are a couple of small decals and some curtains that hang down from the top.  Those curtains may take awhile.  I intend to use facial tissues wet with dilute glue and dyed with some acrylic olive drab (used enamel on rest of model).

Don Stauffer in Minnesota

  • Member since
    November, 2009
  • From: SW Virginia
Posted by Gamera on Thursday, November 29, 2018 7:45 AM

Oh wow Don, that looks cool! 

Good luck with the curtains- I'd said a little mud on the tracks and she'll look done. Yes

"I dream in fire but work in clay." -Arthur Machen

 

  • Member since
    March, 2003
  • From: Towson MD
Posted by gregbale on Thursday, November 29, 2018 8:11 AM

Beautiful work, Don!

Just the sort of thing you could picture Aldo Ray driving, in some old b&w war movie on the 'Late-Late-Show'....

Greg

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  • Member since
    June, 2018
  • From: Ohio (USA)
Posted by DRUMS01 on Thursday, November 29, 2018 3:06 PM

Done, that is a nice build of a very unusual subject. It is refreshing and just enough detail to make it stand out. Can't wait to see it with your tissue modifications.

Great job!

 

Ben

I am a military veteran and am proud to call other veterans, regardless of military branch, brothers and sisters; God bless you all and thank you for your service. I hope you have found peace, enjoyment, and success after your tour of duty as you have earned it...

 

  • Member since
    November, 2009
  • From: Twin Cities of Minnesota
Posted by Don Stauffer on Wednesday, December 05, 2018 2:40 PM

Well, the tissue did not work that well for the curtains, so I used aluminum foil instead.   I think it looks okay.  I originally intended to weather it more, but I keep hearing, about weathering, to take it easy, so no slopped on mud or such.

 

Don Stauffer in Minnesota

  • Member since
    December, 2002
  • From: Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, England
Posted by Bish on Thursday, December 06, 2018 3:13 AM

Don, thats come out great, the finish is spot on. For a free standing model its weathered just right. If it was on a muddy base, then you could add more so it fit the scene, but as it is, its perfect. I like the curtains as well, great job all round.

  • Member since
    March, 2003
  • From: Western North Carolina
Posted by Tojo72 on Thursday, December 06, 2018 5:58 AM

Looks great Don,it's a subject you don't see everyday

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    November, 2008
  • From: Far Northern CA
Posted by mrmike on Thursday, December 06, 2018 3:14 PM

I always enjoy your builds, Don. This one's really differant! As already said, to me the light touch is the right touch when it comes to weathering.

Thanks for posting the WIP and finals.

Mike 

  • Member since
    January, 2006
  • From: California
Posted by SprueOne on Sunday, December 09, 2018 11:44 AM

Don, very nice looking model. I heard that this is a difficult model to build but it looks like you solved any problems you encountered.

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