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1/35 Miniart Caterpillar


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hi all, 

having in mind to build a Kitty Hawk OS2U Kingfisher to complete my seaplane trilogy, I was folgorated by this picture, and decided to try to reproduce it.

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so, waiting for the right mojo to start with the plane, I built the Cat. I decided that the 3 points in scale difference can be ignored due to the distance between the two subjects and the perspective that will work for me (I hope).

the Miniart kit it's a 642 parts beauty, something that can drive crazy an impacient modeler. fortunately I'm just the opposite, a sort of zen sloth, so it was sufficient to follow the instructions step by step and carry on to obtain a nice solid base to play with paints.

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the kit it's fairly completed, I added the Eduard PE fret, but actually it wasn't necessary. I added to the kit just fuel lines, frontlamp guards and the glass air filter.

to paint it easily, I kept it separated in main subassemblies til the end.

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with some extra attention it's possible to adjust the track tensionator, obtaining more or less sag on these, at like.

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I used lifecolors acrylics for the main painting, rely on oils for the weathering.

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the sole item missing for my purpose was a decent driver, so I made my little Frankenstein's monster assembling one from parts coming from several origins.

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after some trial and error, I arrived here.  

it-could-work!

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and since painting figures is my black beast, I forced myself to complete it during the building of the tractor.

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the three carters on the track tensionator are not glued yet, i have not yet decided wich is the best setting for these.

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also, the low part of the Cat deserves some more weathering with sand dust, but I'll wait until it will join its base, before attempting to do this step.

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I added a couple of Italeri jerrycans and a padlock, and i think I'll add some other little details, like rags, at the final disposal of it.

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either the track links will need to be combed, and again I'll wait the final stage of the diorama building to do that.

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all in all a fun building, if you're looking for something different, that's a really nice choice.

cheers, Paolo

 

 

 

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