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1/48 WW II Caterpillar Model 12 Grader

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  • Member since
    December 2002
  • From: Northern California
Posted by jeaton01 on Wednesday, May 15, 2024 10:02 PM

Thanks, everyone!

John, I used gel CA.  There weren't many parts to glue togther and nothing mysterious about where they should go.

John

To see build logs for my models:  http://goldeneramodel.com/mymodels/mymodels.html

 

  • Member since
    April 2003
  • From: USA
Posted by keavdog on Wednesday, May 15, 2024 8:31 PM

Great addition to your field gear John.  What did you use for adhesive?

Thanks,

John

  • Member since
    November 2009
  • From: SW Virginia
Posted by Gamera on Wednesday, May 15, 2024 8:05 PM

Wow that looks great John! It's amazing what they can 3D print these days, all that intricate detail is just wow! 

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

 

  • Member since
    February 2024
Posted by S Hollowell on Tuesday, May 14, 2024 6:54 AM

Very good!

 

S.H.

GAF
  • Member since
    June 2012
  • From: Anniston, AL
Posted by GAF on Sunday, May 12, 2024 9:55 PM

Good work on the grader! I usually associate them with the SeaBees construction battalion, but Army is good!

Gary

  • Member since
    December 2002
  • From: Northern California
1/48 WW II Caterpillar Model 12 Grader
Posted by jeaton01 on Sunday, May 12, 2024 9:23 PM

This is a 3D printed kit from Poland from a firm called IDAP Technologies, in their line called Military Scales. I bought this one, a Caterpiller Model 12 Grader and a D-7 dozer from them via ETSY. They make them in numerous scales, the price rises as does the size, of course. While not the equal of the best plastic injection moldings they are better than most and are of much sturdier resin than some other 3D stuff I have used. Just a hint here and there of stepping, and mostly in areas that are easy to work or don't matter in 1/48 scale. Only a few parts to put together and the fit was very good.

I primered everything with Gunze black finishing primer and used a Vallejo OD, I would rather it was more like the old Model Master Faded Olive Drab but then it gives it some contrast with the other vehicles it is with. The figures are from the Tamiya scout car set, painted long ago. I will give them a wash and a flat coat before I put them away. The markings were suggested by photos I found on the web and were painted on using stencils.

I guess I can claim it as a weekend build, it was only removed from the supports prior to Friday evening. I would have had it done even sooner except I clumsily broke off the muffler reaching for a paint bottle and broke off the right blade lift lever while I was masking the F8 on the right side and had to find the lever and reinstall both items. I weathered it with a mixture of steel and silver chrome on the blade and scarifier shanks, and then added Tamiya Sand and Mud on the blade and tires. I had better luck with those than in the past because I figured out I could thin and blend them using Tamiya acrylic thinner.

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John

To see build logs for my models:  http://goldeneramodel.com/mymodels/mymodels.html

 

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