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1/35 Hobby Boss M4 High Speed Tractor

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1/35 Hobby Boss M4 High Speed Tractor
Posted by robw_uk on Friday, September 18, 2020 4:41 AM

First work in progress thread on here.... Been building this for a while. NIce kit that I am making a few changes based on photographic evidence (of the heavier M4 HST) and other builds

 

  1. replacing kit seat cusions with miliput - better size/shape to reflect the originals padded nature
  2. replacing the kit doors (too thick) with tissue doors (this is experimental but looks like 2 sheets of 2 ply with either cling film or freezer bag windows)
  3. adding a wooden "extension" (vertical) to the rear stowage compartment
  4. adding a spare halftrack front wheel on the rear
  5. adding some smll extras to the engine

so some images:

 

 

 

 

 

Tags: 1/35 , Hobby Boss , HST
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Posted by Gamera on Friday, September 18, 2020 10:09 AM

Oh cool, nice work! Great job there on superdetailing the engine. 

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

 

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Posted by mrmike on Friday, September 18, 2020 1:08 PM

Great modifications! I have the same kit in stash, and am looking forward to your progress.

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Posted by stikpusher on Friday, September 18, 2020 2:06 PM

I’ve been following this build over on Armorama. Nice to see that you’ve joined up here also to share.

 

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Posted by robw_uk on Friday, September 18, 2020 3:41 PM
thanks all... just placed on, and wood grain isn't very obvious but have added the wooden "riser" to the rear. Just the cushions to do then it can be sent to the paint shop - doors are also in progress
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  • From: Lakes Entrance, Victoria, Australia.
Posted by Dodgy on Saturday, September 19, 2020 3:52 AM

Looking good. Very nice work on the engine. I look forward to seeing some paint.

I long to live in a world where chickens can cross the road without having their motives questioned

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Posted by robw_uk on Saturday, September 19, 2020 10:35 AM

Dodgy

Looking good. Very nice work on the engine. I look forward to seeing some paint.

 

 

thanks.. paint will wait mostly because I have 3 others in line for weathering and also big upheavel here this week - son is off to University!!!

 

I really must be bonkers... well 6 doors done... and boy are they thinner than the plastic kits. I will fold them all open so should look OK... this was 2x two-ply tissue and then clear freezer bag for the windows....

 

 

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  • From: Lakes Entrance, Victoria, Australia.
Posted by Dodgy on Saturday, September 19, 2020 6:52 PM

What can I say but Wow! I know what you're saying about uni upheavel. My, (U.K.), neice's daughter is off as well but apparently there's dramas over transport issues because of Covid.

I long to live in a world where chickens can cross the road without having their motives questioned

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Posted by robw_uk on Sunday, September 20, 2020 10:49 AM

Dodgy

What can I say but Wow! I know what you're saying about uni upheavel. My, (U.K.), neice's daughter is off as well but apparently there's dramas over transport issues because of Covid.

 

yep only one person can accompan my son in to his accomodation (that will be his mom) but I will drive down and "lurk" outside. Car is going to be crammed with stuff....

 

today's soft furnishing work was cushions. Kit ones were just boring plastic whereas in real life the seat pads were stuffed with blankets etc. This leads to a more "random" arrangement which I have tried to convey. Do need to add seatbelts as well but this now means this can go to the paintshop (might get to prime her next weekend)

 

 

 

 

 

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Posted by GlennH on Sunday, September 20, 2020 1:06 PM

Like those seats. I built that kit to match up to a howitzer it towed.

A number Army Viet Nam scans from hundreds yet to be done:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/southwestdreams/albums/72157621855914355

Have had the great fortune to be on every side of the howitzers.

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  • From: Lakes Entrance, Victoria, Australia.
Posted by Dodgy on Monday, September 21, 2020 7:26 PM

Great work. Can't wait to see some paint.

I long to live in a world where chickens can cross the road without having their motives questioned

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Posted by robw_uk on Tuesday, September 22, 2020 11:29 AM
no photos but build done... I might get time to prime it over the weekend if I am lucky (son off to Uni Thursday so will need to gauge the mood in the house before modelling)
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  • From: Lakes Entrance, Victoria, Australia.
Posted by Dodgy on Wednesday, September 23, 2020 1:47 AM

Just remember mate, happy wife, happy life!

I long to live in a world where chickens can cross the road without having their motives questioned

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Posted by robw_uk on Wednesday, September 23, 2020 1:59 AM

Dodgy

Just remember mate, happy wife, happy life!

 

 

yeah and the amoubnt I have spent on modelling stuff this week I need to keep her happy ;-) (2x new kits (1 loaded with AM goodies), some glue, priner and paint)

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  • From: Lakes Entrance, Victoria, Australia.
Posted by Dodgy on Wednesday, September 23, 2020 3:42 AM

Hey, whilst I have continued to pick up kits and magazines over the past 10/15 years, I've really only dableled in figures, so my purchases have been minimal. Now I'm back and I've joined these forums I want to know about all the new stuff, pigments, PE , special paints, etc,etc. so the other day I spent 700$ Aussie dollars on such stuff. Ive been cooking dinners and doing housework ever since to re-build my brownie points! This comes to you live from the doghouse.......

I long to live in a world where chickens can cross the road without having their motives questioned

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Posted by robw_uk on Wednesday, September 23, 2020 6:39 AM

Dodgy

Hey, whilst I have continued to pick up kits and magazines over the past 10/15 years, I've really only dableled in figures, so my purchases have been minimal. Now I'm back and I've joined these forums I want to know about all the new stuff, pigments, PE , special paints, etc,etc. so the other day I spent 700$ Aussie dollars on such stuff. Ive been cooking dinners and doing housework ever since to re-build my brownie points! This comes to you live from the doghouse.......

 

 

hahah i wasn't as bad as that but pushed my luck for now...

 

not a big figure painter (the odd onewith Tamiya kit) but I have a Wespe coming in that is just calling out for figures - just don't know which ones (Miniart do an SPG set that is tempting)

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Posted by Gamera on Wednesday, September 23, 2020 7:14 AM

Love how she looks Rob, looking forward to the finished photos! 

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

 

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Posted by robw_uk on Wednesday, September 23, 2020 11:31 AM

thanks all.. .NOW the build is complete (well apart from probably having to source replacement tracks - HobbyBoss ones just woot stick with anything (even heat!) - may have to resort to a staple!!!!

 

anyway, done some titivation this afternoon (better securing of the spare wheel, external support for the additional height at the rear and stowage (combination of Value Gear, Redog and AFV fuel cans). it does come out and is in 2 halves to allow for easier painting. 

 

 

 

 

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Posted by Tanker-Builder on Wednesday, September 23, 2020 12:11 PM

Hmmm;

 I remember when I first met this neat machine. I bought the REVELL " Long Tom" and the High Speed Tractor kit. That one couldn't hold a candle to this one for detail!

 I have built probably dozens for all kinds of stuff. Even converted one to Eight Wheel drive instead of treads.

 I am definitely going to  follow this build!

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Posted by Gamera on Thursday, September 24, 2020 10:57 AM

Very cool, love all the added details for that 'lived-in look'. Yes

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Posted by M1GarandFan on Thursday, September 24, 2020 10:58 AM

I also remember the Revell Long Tom with the high speed tractor, and very fondly. The long tom went away quite awhile before the tractor, but it sure seemed cool in its day.

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Posted by robw_uk on Saturday, September 26, 2020 9:25 AM

it has gone grey - seem to have lost a "cushion" which I will either find or make a new one later

 

 

 

 

 

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Posted by Gamera on Saturday, September 26, 2020 4:16 PM

Looks good, nice to see her all primed and ready for the first coat.

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

 

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Posted by robw_uk on Sunday, September 27, 2020 10:07 AM

Gamera

Looks good, nice to see her all primed and ready for the first coat.

 

 

thanks... green on - not 100% happy with the very dark on the bottom so may give it a quick blast of the olive drab base (pain is AK Interactive modulation set)... will be doing internal detailing next then it can be buttoned up... Wood is painted MiG old wood as a pale base to allow darker staining on top...

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Posted by Gamera on Sunday, September 27, 2020 4:53 PM

Okay, anyway you decide to do it the results look good!

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Posted by Dodgy on Sunday, September 27, 2020 11:53 PM

Coming together nicely mate.

I long to live in a world where chickens can cross the road without having their motives questioned

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Posted by M. Brindos on Tuesday, September 29, 2020 8:00 PM

I'm watching this one with increased attention. You got me hooked.

- Mike Brindos

Figure Painting Moderator -- Genessis-Models

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Posted by robw_uk on Saturday, October 3, 2020 11:20 AM

more progress on wood/stowage and cushoins/interior

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Posted by Gamera on Monday, October 5, 2020 11:30 AM

Oh cool! I love the wood grain look you're got going on there. 

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

 

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Posted by robw_uk on Tuesday, October 6, 2020 1:08 PM
Slowly building up - engine and radiator in, winch fitted. Need to touch up (and paint missed parts) then I think I will button it all upĀ 
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