A 1/72 Tale of Two Tractors.

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A 1/72 Tale of Two Tractors.

Postby jaydee » Tue May 09, 2017 12:54 am

First up of the WW2 vehicles is the Soviet Voroshilovets Tractor. Over 230 were produced during the war and remained in service into the 1950s. Its primary use was as an artillery tractor but because of it's power and rugged reliability it was employed in heavy work in difficult terrain.

The kit is by Trumpeter and was an easy build everything fitted perfectly . The tracks come as an almost complete unit and makes life easy. The canvas cover is very well represented and just as well as there is an error in the load area. I used light plastic for the windows in same. I had to remove the grab handles on the cab as they were moulded solid. I replaced them with wire. the most difficult part was fitting the cab windows, I had to make templates and needed to be accurate in this as there are recesses to fit them into which looks way better. The worse part were the windscreens which are split horizontally. I fitted etch wipers by Hauler.I also replaced the rearview mirror stem with wire as the plastic one broke. Only two small decals required. Paint was Humrol enamel 86 which I am told is close to Russian green.

Next is the U.S. M4 High-Speed Tractor over 5,500 built and in service from 1943 to the 60's. Based on the chassis of the obsolete M3 Light Tank it's primary use was towing heavy artillery such as the 155mm "Long Tom".

The kit is by Hobby Boss and in many ways was similar to the Trumpeter kit in layout and design, the tracks again moulded as a unit. The instruction sheets were very similar also. No option on the doors as all are moulded closed. For the door windows I used light plastic but the windscreens again were far more difficult. I made templates for recessed curved at the corners windows which took several attempts. Again I used etch wipers. Paint choice was Humbrol 155. Lot of decals on this and very nicely done too. Well produced and easy to use. Vallejo Set and Medium as usual.

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Re: A 1/72 Tale of Two Tractors.

Postby beowulf » Tue May 09, 2017 9:20 am

they are brilliant

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Re: A 1/72 Tale of Two Tractors.

Postby jaydee » Tue May 09, 2017 10:21 pm

Appreciated. Thanks. :o)b

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Re: A 1/72 Tale of Two Tractors.

Postby Vinny » Wed May 10, 2017 10:47 pm

Jim, magnificent work as always on something so tiny! Really liking the photos of the two of them together.

Thanks for posting!
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Re: A 1/72 Tale of Two Tractors.

Postby jaydee » Thu May 11, 2017 1:39 am

Thanks Vinny. Bought the kits around the same time and they looked straight forward enough with the small parts count. So it struck me to post them together for comparisons sake. And not common subjects either, particularly in this scale. :o)b

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Re: A 1/72 Tale of Two Tractors.

Postby arni » Fri May 12, 2017 6:39 pm

They look great,my fave being the Russian one - cos it's an ugly mo-fo.... :D
Nigel.

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Re: A 1/72 Tale of Two Tractors.

Postby jaydee » Fri May 12, 2017 11:50 pm

Mine too, a beast of a thing. :o)b

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Re: A 1/72 Tale of Two Tractors.

Postby JayCub » Sat May 20, 2017 3:28 pm

arni wrote:They look great,my fave being the Russian one - cos it's an ugly mo-fo.... :D


Brilliant builds Jim and for the size of them better again, good one Nigel :lol:

Tom

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Re: A 1/72 Tale of Two Tractors.

Postby jaydee » Sun May 21, 2017 2:19 am

Thanks Tom. :o)b They're about as big as they get in this scale I suppose. Makes them slightly easier to work with.
But they are nice kits to begin with.

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Re: A 1/72 Tale of Two Tractors.

Postby BrIAN332 » Thu Jun 29, 2017 9:36 pm

Excellent work Jim, i esp llike that Russian tractor, great outdoor shots as well :DX


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