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1/48 Tamiya Komatsu Bulldozer experiment

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  • Member since
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  • From: USA
1/48 Tamiya Komatsu Bulldozer experiment
Posted by keavdog on Saturday, September 7, 2019 1:55 AM

I saw a review of this kit and thought it was a cool little addition to the stash.  Tiny parts count, simple assembly so I thought I'd try something new.  I tried the MIG civil engines and civil vehicles sets.  This little tractor started out IJN grey and I clearly went heavy on the beat up rusted vehicle theme.  The pigments and wash are really great.  Not sure what I will end up doing with this little tractor - maybe put it in a diorama with a destroyed zero.  But I will say... the MIG stuff collectively is fun to apply.  Anyhow... here’s my rusted out Komatsu.  Lot's to learn here for sure.

After a little pin wash

 

 

Thanks,

John

  • Member since
    January 2015
  • From: Tumwater, WA.
Posted by M. Brindos on Saturday, September 7, 2019 10:14 PM

Not bad at all lol. Looks like it could use some variation in the rust with brighter and darker tones on the different materials involved. 

If you do display it in a diorama with a rusty abandoned Zero, I'd suggest a bit of plant life or moss adorning the crevices where dirt would've built up.

It's a cute little thing to be sure! I love the idea behind what you've got going.

- Mike Brindos

Figure Painting Moderator -- Genessis-Models

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  • From: USA
Posted by keavdog on Saturday, September 7, 2019 11:24 PM

I agree - oddly enough it looks too monochomatic.  I'm learning.

Thanks,

John

  • Member since
    January 2015
  • From: Tumwater, WA.
Posted by M. Brindos on Sunday, September 8, 2019 12:01 AM

May I suggest I darker rust brown wash for some of the lower areas and try the sponge technique for some bright rusty spotes on the upper?

Not a whole lot, but just some random spots to give it the life you're looking to project from it. I don't think you're going for a broken wreck after all.

Look up some Google images of rusty cars and tracktors. There should be a plethora of inspiration out there.

- Mike Brindos

Figure Painting Moderator -- Genessis-Models

  • Member since
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  • From: SW Virginia
Posted by Gamera on Monday, September 9, 2019 8:55 AM

Looks cool to me, a little monochromatic I'll agree but overall nice work!

You might try making the rubber hoses look more rotted. Not sure how you'd do that though, you might just dry-brush them with some grey to give a discoloured look.  

When you work her into the base some weeds around her or having her half-buried in sand should really get across the idea of an abandoned vehicle. 

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

 

  • Member since
    October 2015
  • From: Tacoma, WA.
Posted by M60_ tanker on Tuesday, September 17, 2019 1:08 PM

You could also have it commandeered by the Marines on Guadalcanal, shoving a destroyed Zero off the air field.

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  • From: North Pole, Alaska
Posted by richs26 on Tuesday, September 17, 2019 2:08 PM

M60_ tanker

You could also have it commandeered by the Marines on Guadalcanal, shoving a destroyed Zero off the air field.

 

That would be another island as the dozer was developed in 1943, long after the Guadalcanal landings.

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