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1/25 AMT Bulldozer **FINISHED**

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1/25 AMT Bulldozer **FINISHED**
Posted by Keyserj on Tuesday, March 9, 2021 9:13 PM

The re release of the amt dozer kit has been on my to do list for quite some time now but finally I have started it.

 

First thing right off the bat is the parts on the sprue are not numbered so I am gonna have to go slow and double check that the parts match up with the instructions. The kit itself has gone together pretty well so far. Only complaint I have is the torsion bar and blade arm assembly is very complicated to glue together.

"Why don't you knock it off with them negative waves?"- Oddball

 

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Posted by wpwar11 on Wednesday, March 10, 2021 4:45 AM

Endless weathering possibilities with this one.

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Posted by Don Stauffer on Wednesday, March 10, 2021 8:00 AM

I will be following this thread.  I see that kit every time I visit my local HL.

 

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Posted by Sauron on Wednesday, March 10, 2021 8:37 AM

Just finished mine about a month ago.  If you want the Cat yellow paint, look for Krylon Farm paint.  I used Super Clean to strip off the chrome but those parts have a clearcoat that you have to remove before the stripper will work.  I used Taniya air brush cleaner for that.  Lots of minor part fit issues, mold seams, and some guessing on the assembly order.  The part numbers for the sprues are on the bottom of the kit box for reference.  Good luck with your build.

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Posted by jeffpez on Wednesday, March 10, 2021 1:59 PM

I did mine last year and it went well but there are a few instances where having only two hands isn't enough. It's a fun build and great to have something construction related that isn't a military item.

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Posted by goldhammer on Wednesday, March 10, 2021 2:11 PM

Don Stauffer

I will be following this thread.  I see that kit every time I visit my local HL.

 

 

I noticed in the ad Sunday, even though the 40% coupon is gone, they had kits at 40% off.  Will probably show up every month or so.

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Posted by Keyserj on Wednesday, March 10, 2021 2:31 PM

Don: Glad to have you aboard.

Sauron: The Cat yellow paint was exactly what I was going to use for this. Thanks also for the help with the part numbers and advice on striping the chrome. I ended up just hitting the chrome parts with some rattle can primer and it went on well.

Jeff: Good to hear the kit is a lot of fun. I needed a bit of a break from military stuff.

Planning on doing some hydraulic lines for the blade hydraulics along with the ripper. Any advice on whether I should go with wire or if I should try to find some more vinyl tube like the one included in the kit?

"Why don't you knock it off with them negative waves?"- Oddball

 

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Posted by Tanker-Builder on Wednesday, March 10, 2021 3:00 PM

Hi John;

    Saw this earlier, but thought I would let it put on some meat before I responded. That is a great Kit when you get past the flaws. I went to whole route with that when it first hit the Mkt. years ago.Even so far as to use brass and aluminum tubing for the hydraulic equipment.

    The aluminum can be polished to a high shine and slid into the Primable-Paintable brass for all the hydraulic units on board. The larger ones can actually have a piece of twisted wire slipped inside to give resistance.

    I displayed mine( As dirty and filthy as one can get) mounted on a Low-Boy and Peterbilt Cab-Over tractor  as a prime mover. I took the whole thing and put two screws Hidden, of course so they would cause the trailer tires to flatten some and the trailer to bend a little from the Dozer's weight.

    Now that was fun. And I got all the dirt from right down the street from the Hobby Shop at the time!

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Posted by richs26 on Wednesday, March 10, 2021 4:23 PM

Keyserj

Don: Glad to have you aboard.

Sauron: The Cat yellow paint was exactly what I was going to use for this. Thanks also for the help with the part numbers and advice on striping the chrome. I ended up just hitting the chrome parts with some rattle can primer and it went on well.

Jeff: Good to hear the kit is a lot of fun. I needed a bit of a break from military stuff.

Planning on doing some hydraulic lines for the blade hydraulics along with the ripper. Any advice on whether I should go with wire or if I should try to find some more vinyl tube like the one included in the kit?

 

Just get some black solid (not stranded) copper conductor wire for the hoses from your hardware store.  It will bend very easily and look like black hose.  I picked mine up at the AMT Christmas Walmart display in December.   Maybe Walmart will re-run it this year.

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Posted by TheModeler on Wednesday, March 10, 2021 6:21 PM

Keyserj

The re release of the amt dozer kit has been on my to do list for quite some time now but finally I have started it.

 

First thing right off the bat is the parts on the sprue are not numbered so I am gonna have to go slow and double check that the parts match up with the instructions. The kit itself has gone together pretty well so far. Only complaint I have is the torsion bar and blade arm assembly is very complicated to glue together.

 

Not sure if this is very important,but I have the exact same cutting mat.Got mine from Hobby Lobbby.

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Posted by dpty_dawg_ca on Thursday, March 11, 2021 8:54 AM

I painted my dozers with "Old Cat Yellow" rather than "Cat Yellow" I'm not sure of the exact year they changed colours but I beleve it was after this kit represents. 

The kits with the lowbed trailer are the only ones with chrome trees. The individual reissues do not have any chrome parts.

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Posted by Tanker-Builder on Thursday, March 11, 2021 9:05 AM

Ditto!

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Posted by PANZERJAGER on Thursday, March 11, 2021 10:02 AM

Nice start there.

Here is a little inspiration.

 

 

 PANZERJAGER

 

 

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Posted by jeaton01 on Thursday, March 11, 2021 12:33 PM

The 36A, 46A, and D8H which is the same tractor with a bit more horsepower were all built before the new yellow.

I wish there were aftermarket track for this kit, the kit tracks are a little clunky looking.

John

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Posted by Keyserj on Thursday, March 11, 2021 2:09 PM

dpty_dawg_ca

The kits with the lowbed trailer are the only ones with chrome trees. The individual reissues do not have any chrome parts.

 

Are you sure about this? This is the individual reissue and not the one included with the lowboy and it has a sprue with chrome parts.

Thanks, everyone for the input on the color. Will have to check the hardware store to see if they have the old cat yellow farm paint. 

Planning on scratch building ROPS for the dozer and adding some plumbing for the engine. I would have to agree with Jeaton that the tracks are a bit clunky but accurate replacement tracks cost about $100 on Shapeways and I am not willing to spend that on this kit.

 

"Why don't you knock it off with them negative waves?"- Oddball

 

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Posted by Sauron on Thursday, March 11, 2021 3:23 PM

jeaton01

The 36A, 46A, and D8H which is the same tractor with a bit more horsepower were all built before the new yellow.

I wish there were aftermarket track for this kit, the kit tracks are a little clunky looking.

 

That's why I recommended the Krylon Farm paint - it is "old'Cat yellow" and I thought it looked pretty close.  If you looked at a dozen Cat machines on a construction site you probably wouldn't find two that matched in color anyway.  Like they say "just rub some dirt on it".

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Posted by midnightprowler on Friday, March 12, 2021 6:45 AM

goldhammer

 

 
Don Stauffer

I will be following this thread.  I see that kit every time I visit my local HL.

 

 

 

 

I noticed in the ad Sunday, even though the 40% coupon is gone, they had kits at 40% off.  Will probably show up every month or so.

 

Yes. They announced that was going to happen. Every week a diffrent part of the store will be 40% off.

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Posted by Don Stauffer on Friday, March 12, 2021 7:24 AM

I still see that as not as good as the 40% off on anything coupons, though.  I buy a not more paints, glue, and such than I do on kits.

 

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Posted by Don Stauffer on Sunday, March 14, 2021 8:57 AM

I went to my HL yesterday to pick up Tamiya primer.  They were out of it.  Saw a sign over the kits- 40% off (not advertised in weekly flyer).  So I picked up the bulldozer!

 

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Posted by Tanker-Builder on Sunday, March 14, 2021 9:03 AM

Hi;

     Y'Know I have wondered that myself. Now If I could get Fruil Model Dozer tracks that would be Killer. I agree with you.

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Posted by keavdog on Sunday, March 14, 2021 9:34 AM

Following!  I've always looked at this kit. 

Thanks,

John

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Posted by Keyserj on Sunday, March 14, 2021 4:17 PM

Don: I was just in HL the other day to pick up some paint and boy does the model aisle look much different than it was even a year ago. It was fully stocked with everything from styrene and brass for scratch building to tools. Also noticed HL is starting to stock a few kits from manufacturers like Atlantis and airfix that I haven't seen there before.

Been working on the frame and engine the past week or so. Ended up adding some fuel lines to give it a little more detail.

 

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John

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1/35 Tamiya m113

                     

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Posted by MJames70 on Sunday, March 14, 2021 4:33 PM

Not really news. HL has been carrying Airfix and some Atlantis stuff for a while now. I wonder how long they are going to keep the increasingly emptying decrepit Model Master racks, now that the supply is drying up. The ones at my closest HL have about 60% colors available. The only 'new' thing I've seen in the model aisle since the end of the 40% coupons a few weeks ago is the Bandai Transformers kits. The local store had a Revellogram 1/48 B-17 for the first time in a long time when I was there last week. Anyway, good luck with your dozer. They weren't a bad deal if you could snag one at 40% off. 

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Posted by CapnMac82 on Sunday, March 14, 2021 5:55 PM

Tanker-Builder
get Fruil Model Dozer tracks that would be Killer. I agree with you.

Some three-bar 'street' cleats would be nice, or even just double-cleat grousers.

Mind, Fruil would find a way to make us add the grousers to the chain, too.

 

For those wanting some good go-by on how to weather these beasts, check out Western Truck & Tractor Repair on youtube. (Note, occasionally salty language)

 

 

 

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Posted by Pawel on Sunday, March 14, 2021 6:26 PM

Hello!

Cool build, I wish I picked one of those babies up when they recently reissued them... Cooler still would be to have something like that in 1/35 to make a Rome Plow out of... But that's very hard to come by..

Good luck with your build and have a nice day

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Posted by Petriedish on Sunday, March 14, 2021 7:38 PM

Dozers are so cool. I have 3 waiting to be built.

Jamie at Moluminum has resin track sets and various other accessories for the AMT D8 kit.

I have 2 track sets, cab guards, belly pans, and a winch.

Will be watching this build.

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Posted by Don Stauffer on Monday, March 15, 2021 7:32 AM

PANZERJAGER

Nice start there.

Here is a little inspiration.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What did you use for the base color on the tracks and blade?  They look great!

 

 

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Posted by PANZERJAGER on Monday, March 15, 2021 10:04 AM

Don Stauffer

 

 
PANZERJAGER

Nice start there.

Here is a little inspiration.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What did you use for the base color on the tracks and blade?  They look great!

 

 

 

Hey Don.

I used layers of artist oils over some iron oxide acrylic paint to create a good rusty base for under the paint.

then used hairspray technique for paint weathering and more artist oils.


 PANZERJAGER

 

 

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Posted by PANZERJAGER on Monday, March 15, 2021 10:15 AM

Keyserj

Don: I was just in HL the other day to pick up some paint and boy does the model aisle look much different than it was even a year ago. It was fully stocked with everything from styrene and brass for scratch building to tools. Also noticed HL is starting to stock a few kits from manufacturers like Atlantis and airfix that I haven't seen there before.

Been working on the frame and engine the past week or so. Ended up adding some fuel lines to give it a little more detail.

 

 

Looking great Keyserj!

Keep up the good work.

PANZERJAGER

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Posted by Keyserj on Thursday, March 25, 2021 7:35 AM

Forgot to grab some progress pics from the past two weeks but there was some good weather the past few days and I was able to get the dozer painted with cat yellow farm paint. Tracks got a coating of burnt umber and still need some work done on them.


 

"Why don't you knock it off with them negative waves?"- Oddball

 

John

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1/35 Trumpeter m1132 ESV Stryker

1/35 Tamiya m113

                     

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