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  1. Another recently completed project to be a bit topical with. Inspired by various images and clips. A small sliver of humour out of something horrific: war machines preyed upon by hungry tractors Kits used are the 1/35 Zvezda Tor-M2, the 1/35 Hasegawa Yanmar YT5113A, and some of the new the Masterbox 1/35 Ukrainian Soldiers. Pretty straightforward builds. Only real headache was the Hasegawa decals acting like stickers at times. Thanks for taking a gander Gaz
  2. Another one left on the bench I’ve now finished this is a revell snap fit kit Lidl were selling for £10 last December
  3. Zetor 15 Military Tractor With Tow Bar (MV128) 1:72 Planet Models by Special Hobby Following WWII industrial plants worldwide turned in some cases to making civilian vehicles. The Zetor 15 was the first farm tractor to be produced at Zbrojovka plant in Brno after WW2. The Zetors were delivered both to civil users and the military, in Czechoslovakia and abroad as well. The Czechoslovak's for example used Zetor 15 tractors for towing the military aircraft such as the MiG15 on airfields. Amongst many unique features to be brought into tractor manufacturing they unitised parts across the range and introduced the first roll over protected cab for a tractor. The company is still in existence to this day and still making tractors after UTC Holding rescued the then failing State owned company from bankruptcy in 2002. The Kit This is a new tool kit for 2021 from Planet Models, part of the Special Hobby group of companies. Following on the from the civilian tractor we now have this military version. It is a resin kit with a number of small parts which will need careful handling in their removal from the casting blocks. There is also a small PE Fret and a small decal sheet, this kit also includes a 3D printed tow bar. A small length of wire (not included) will also be needed to finish the model. The main chassis is a single part to which the seat and controls are added along with the cooling fan on the front the exhaust. The engine cover/fuel and oil tanks is added to the radiator and all of this is added to the front of the tractor. The front steering axle is then built followed by the rear frame. The large rear mud guards go on and then the wheels. The tractor can be fitted with the traditional agricultural exhaust or a more modern car type one. The 3D tow bar will just need cleaning up before use, and to main eye adding. A length of wire will be needed which fits from the tow bar to the main under carriage legs of the aircraft similar in a way to the Me 262 towing arrangement so all the force is not put on the nose leg/ Markings A small sheet gives number plates and a set of cowl markings. Conclusion A great diorama accessory for you early Czech aircraft. Recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  4. Normally I am building models of aircraft, but I couldn't resist buying and building this kit for a change. My uncle owned a similar type of this typical tractor of the early 1960s, so it kind of reminded me a little bit of my younger days. The kit is constructed as an so called easy-click kit and theoretically you can put away the bottle of glue. Well, I recommend using some. Without painting, the model would definitely look like a toy. So I painted all parts, especially the rubber tyres and the chrome-plated parts forming the accessoryies of the engine cowling. I exclusively used Revell Aqua Colors, a mix of Smaragdgrün and Moosgrün with a little yellow for the body and Sand mixed with Alu for the above mentioned Gold-Chrome plated parts. For the other small parts different mixes of red, brown and other shades. This is not a tractor forgotten in the field and rusting and rotting away, but simply awell used one. The seat is already worn out and you can find a lot of traces from intensive use. Hope you like the short excursion to an agricultural subject. cheers, Norbert
  5. Hi Fellow members. I love these Hasegawa kits as they are usually of good quality and have plenty of nice details with minimal flashing or anything and this kit is no exception. The parts fit nicely with plenty of nice chrome parts that really emphasise the details and there is a nice little figure included to go with it. The sprues are of various colours and I suppose you could assemble this kit without painting it but I always think it best to paint them yourself, picking out all of the small details. Thanks for looking and I always appreciate any comments you may have. A video can be found HERE
  6. T-34 “Tyagach” Model 1944, Soviet Recovery Machine 1:35 ICM (35371) Like many tanks there are invariably different versions produced and one of these which is needed is that for armoured recovery. The T-34 was no exception, these vehicles were needed to protect the crews when engaged in recovery operations under fire, and had in most cases the power to recover other armoured vehicles, if not tanks. Some older T-34s were built as Tyagach (tractors) with the turrets removed. The Kit Here ICM have re-boxed their 2015 new tool T-34 with the additional parts for the Tractor, indeed it looks like all the parts for the T-34 are still in the box. It arrives in their usual box with the extra flap over the lower tray. Inside are six sprues and two hull halves in green styrene, tracks and towing cables in flexible black styrene, decal sheet and the instruction booklet, which is printed in colour and has profiles at the rear for painting and markings. From the description above, you'll note that these are rubber-band tracks, which suits some and not others, and if you're a fan of metal or individual link styrene tracks, you've probably got your favourite brands already. The detail is nice with a little room for improving the detail with some etched grilles etc., but for most of us the detail is pretty good out of the box, and even though this is an exterior only kit, you get an almost complete breech if you want to pose the turret hatches open, plus a driver's position. For a change the build begins with the upper hull, detailing it with bow machine gun installation with a movable ball, the armoured vents and filling in the other cut-outs on the engine deck, plus the driver's large hatch at the front, which is best left closed unless you're planning on scratching a full interior to back up the seats! The rear bulkhead, armoured exhaust spats and the pipes themselves are all added at the back, and it is then put to the side while the lower hull is prepared with some holes that need drilling, the suspension boxes gluing in behind the hull sides, and the fender extensions added at the rear. After saying there's no interior, there is a pair of control levers and two comfy seats to fit inside the lower hull, but unless you're crowding the area with some beefy figures, there's still a big gap behind them that might be seen. The axles with their swing-arms are all fitted to the hull after the two halves are joined, with two attachment points, the final-drive housing is built up at the rear, and the idler axle slots into the front in preparation for the road wheels, which are supplied individually to make into pairs before they are glued onto the axles. The same happens to the idler and drive sprockets on both sides, then some light detail is applied to the hull in the shape of towing shackles, tie-down bars, and the tracks are joined, then installed. The tracks are in two parts each, which link together seamlessly, but don't react to liquid cement at all, so use super glue (CA), although the instructions are mute on the subject. Aligning the joins at the centre of the track run should hide any visible seams, especially if you're going to paint and weather them with some mud and grit. There is a simple round plug with a built in hatch to replace turret. The hull is then finished off with additional fuel tanks and tarp rolls, plus two tow cables. Markings There are no actual markings provided for this one, and the colour is any you want as long as it Russian green Conclusion It is good to see ICM bringing us a kit of a support vehicle like this. Highly recommended. Available in the UK from importers H G Hannants Ltd. Review sample courtesy of
  7. German Tractor D8506 & Trailer With Crew (35314) 1:35 MiniArt via Creative Models Ltd Tractors were a boon to farmers when they were introduced soon after the reliability of the motor car became a thing, as they were especially useful for lugging around heavy equipment around the farm, as well as the typical ploughing, sowing and reaping of crops. They also had power take-off points that could be used to drive other stationary machinery, further expanding their usefulness. Lanz were the leading maker of farm machinery in Germany, and their Bulldog range were the “hoover” of the tractor world in their country for many years. They were good quality and reliable, which led to them being copied by a number of countries, and as the initial 1921 model was improved the model number was increased until well into the 9,000s. One of the primary selling points of the vehicle was the simple “hot-bulb” single-cylinder engine that could be run on a variety of fuels and had very few moving parts, which made it easy to repair and maintain. They started off as 6L and grew to 10L engines, and their slow turnover high-torque output suited the tractor’s work very well. In 1956 they were sold to John Deere, and the name slowly fell out of use. There are still many working examples to be seen at country fairs and historic events, kept in splendid condition by their loving (some may say obsessed) owners. The Kit This is another rebox of MiniArt’s D8500 range of kits, with this being the six that we know of. This boxing brings together one of the tractors with a large cargo trailer, plus a set of German Soliders as it looks like this tractor was impressed into Military Service. Detail is excellent as we’ve come to expect from MiniArt, It arrives in a standard top-opening box, and inside are twenty-eight sprues of various sizes in grey styrene plus two tread parts for the big wheels on their own sprues, a clear sprue, a small sheet of Photo-Etch (PE) in a card envelope, decal sheet and the instruction booklet that has colour profiles of the decal options on the inside covers. Construction begins with the tractor, which has a large cast metal chassis that is made up from two halves each end around a centre-point, with lots of parts used to create its distinctive shape, plus a few PE parts on the forward end cap. The superstructure is roughly rectangular, having various filler caps on the top, radiator panels on the sides, and a PE name-plate and number plate on the front, which should be curved ever-so-slightly to match the shape of the cowling. The driver’s foot pedals are long curved linkages to the underside of the chassis, and with these in place the driver’s tread-plated floor is installed and a big handbrake is fitted to the deck, with a stowage box under the lip at the left rear. The driver’s seat is mounted on a sturdy spring, a couple of hand controls are inserted into depressions in the deck in front of her, then the large drive housing is mounted on the left side of the chassis, with a bell-housing on the opposite side, and two large fenders/sidewalls over where the rear wheels will be, plus a sturdy bumper-bar at the rear with some PE cross-braces. Two large exhausts are made up from various odd-shaped parts, and the front axle is built with a central leaf-spring and steering arms, then attached under the chassis in several places, with a pair of large clear-lensed headlamps on an oversized cross-member on the topside. The wheels on this tractor have heavy tread, which is built up by layering five parts together to make a tyre-sandwich at the front, and a three-part layer for the larger rear wheels. The tyres have their hubs moulded-in, while the rears have additional rear hub parts added between the wheels and rear axles. Long vertical air intakes, and an exhaust are added to the left side of the engine. The engine hood is fitted, along with a flat windscreen in a frame at the front and two upstands sloping backwards at the rear that support a curved canopy that is the last thing to be fitted in the instructions, presumably after inserting the driver. The fifth wheel is the steering wheel, which can be fitted atop the steering column as you’d expect, or detached and used on a shaft to manually start the vehicle via the input shaft hidden behind a cover in the centre of the right-hand bell-housing. The flatbed for the trailer is next, made up on a ladder chassis with two sections of bed, which has fine engraved wood texture on both sides, as do the other wooden structures in the kit. The towing hitch is attached to a cross-member at the rear, and in front of it are a pair of leaf-springs for the fixed rear axle. The front axle is similarly built, but on a frame that has a turntable between it and the bed to enable the axle to rotate freely for easier manoeuvring. The pneumatic tyre wheels are supplied as a five-part sandwich to achieve a realistic tread, and each one slots into the end of its axle when complete. A small bench seat is added to the front of the shallow headboard of the flatbed, with two long sides and rear tail-gate with tiny styrene clasps giving the impression of holding it in place. To model it with the sides and tail-gate down is simply a matter of gluing them in place folded down and fitting the clasps loosely against the sides accordingly. Bench seats are provided for both side of the trailer. These are single part bases with a single back rail, these both attach to three standing frames. For the crew there are are 10 soldiers and one officer. One set Miniart released as 35040 German Artillery Crew Riders, the others are no doubt from other Miniart sets but there are no clues on the sprures to their original sets. There are four sprues of personal equipment and weapons for the figures, and 2 sprues of equipment / boxes to add to the load. Markings There are two schemes available from the small decal sheet. From the box you can build one of the following: Unknown Luftwaffe Unit 1942-43 Unknown Wehrmacht Unit 1943-45 Decals are by MiniArt’s usual partner DecoGraph, which is a guarantee of good registration, sharpness and colour density, with a thin matt carrier film cut close to the printed areas. Conclusion This is a detailed model from Miniart of a tractor and trailer with great detail of these which would have been pressed into Military Service. The inclusion of 10 figures and all their equipment will make this into its own stand alone diorama, or it can be integrated into a larger one quite easily. Highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  8. US Navy Modern Tow Tractor (211872) 1:72 Videoaviation.com The US navy need a low profile tug to move about on carriers. The current STT (Shipboard tow tractor) is the A/S32A-32. This also provides a mobile platform and fuel source for an engine air start unit the MSU-200NAV The Kit This kit is of the Tow Tractor with the GPU mounted to the rear. It arrives in videoaviation's standard white box with a drawing on the lid. Inside the tractor body is the main single part which requires no clean up. The rest of the parts are all in separate bags. These include PE parts and decals. Here Videoaviation are making use of 3D printed resin for some of the smaller parts and the single piece figure. This makes for great quality which is easier cleaned up, The figure here had departed from the 3D casting block in transit with no damage to the figure itself. To start the tie down points are attached to the main body of the tug, then in the driver area instrument consoles, foot controls and the steering wheel are added. The seat is also then added. Hubs are attached to the wheels and then these can be put onto the main body. Grills and lights are added along with the main rear tow hook The exhaust for the GPU is added. Stencil decals can then be added. To finish off the figure can be used if wanted. Conclusion If you're placing any of your models on a base, adding ancillary equipment is a great way of enhancing realism. As always the quality of the parts from Videoaviation is top notch. Highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  9. Source: https://www.facebook.com/Kineticmodel/posts/1811361739030929 https://www.luckymodel.com/scale.aspx?item_no=KI-K48115 V.P.
  10. MilMod has juste released Schopf F110 Aircraft Tug resin kits/sets. - ref. MM072-132 - Schopf F110 4x4 Aicraft Tug - Medium Type with Large tow bar & Tug Equipment (Europe) Source: https://www.aviationmegastore.com/schopf-f110-4x4-aicraft-tug---medium-type-with-large-tow-bar--tug-equipment-europe-milmod-military-models-mm072-132-aircraft-scale-modelling/product/?action=prodinfo&art=181889 - ref. MM072-133 - Schopf F110 Aicraft Tug - Medium Type with Large tow bar & Tug Equipment (Overseas) Source: https://www.aviationmegastore.com/schopf-f110-aicraft-tug---medium-type-with-large-tow-bar--tug-equipment-overseas-milmod-military-models-mm072-133-aircraft-scale-modelling/product/?action=prodinfo&art=181890 V.P.
  11. Videoaviation (http://videoaviation.com/ & https://www.facebook.com/videoaviation/ )has just released some interesting 1/72nd resin kits/sets: Source: https://www.facebook.com/videoaviation/posts/2275597002570574 - ref. 211672 - AM/32A-60 Starter Cart DUAL Set https://www.videoaviation.com/product/1-72-a-m32a-60-starter-cart-dual-set/ - ref. 211572 - MA/1A Starter Cart DUAL Set https://www.videoaviation.com/product/1-72-ma-1a-starter-cart-dual-set/ - ref. 211472 - Harlan tow tractor DUAL Set https://www.videoaviation.com/product/1-72-harlan-tow-tractor-dual-set/ - ref. 211772 - MA/1A & MD-3 Cold war Starter set https://www.videoaviation.com/product/1-72-ma-1a-md-3-cold-war-starter-set/ V.P.
  12. Questo é il mio ultimo progetto, il trattore da rimorchio dell’US NAVY e MARINES in scala 1/48 e 1/35. Lo utilizzerò per i miei modelli di F-18 F Hasegawa, F-35B (in attesa dell’uscita della versione Italeri) MV 22 Osprey Hobby Boss, AH-1Z e UH-1Y Kitty Hawk, per la scala 1/35 per il AH-1Z Academy e MH-60R/S.
  13. Harlan Tow Tractor (20932) 1:32 VideoAviation.com Harlan has been in the tow tractor game for 60 years. In that time they have been used on airfields military and civilian. This typical tow tractor has been used for many years by the USAF. It can be fitted with a protective cab, or left open The kit This arrives in videoaviation's standard white box, the main body is a single resin casting which is clean with no bubbles or other issues, it requires minimal clean up. The dash, wheels, seats, steering wheel and other controls need to be added. There are clear resin parts for the lights. A small decal sheet provides the HARLEN logos for the side as well as US Air Force titles. Conclusion Another quality product from Videoaviation. If you're planning on a USAF Diorama for your latest build then one of these will set it off well. Highly recommended. Review samples courtesy of
  14. Ot Vinta ! is to release in November 2020 a 1/48th M2 Cletrac High-Speed Tractor resin kit - ref. V4801 Source: https://northstarmodels.ecwid.com/Ot-Vinta-1-48-M2-Cletrac-Hight-speed-Tractor-7-ton-1942-p248464439 V.P.
  15. DF-Helo stuff has just released a 1/48th Esslinger Airfield Tug (for Aircraft up to 10 tons) resin kit - ref. DF81848 https://www.sparks-scalemodelshop.de/p/esslinger-airfield-tug-1-48 https://www.aviationmegastore.com/esslinger-airfield-tug-for-aircraft-up-to-10-tons-df81848-df-helo-stuff-df81848-ground-equipment/product/?action=prodinfo&art=173971 Also in 1/72nd https://www.sparks-scalemodelshop.de/p/esslinger-airfield-tug-1-72 V.P.
  16. Brengun has just released a 1/72nd Clarkat type B (UK deck tractor) resin kit - ref. BRS72020 Source: http://www.hauler.cz/e-shop/1-72-construction-kits-20/uk-clarkat-type-b-1770 V.P.
  17. Brengun has just released a 1/72nd Tugmaster - UK deck tractor - resin kit - ref. BRS72019 Source: http://www.hauler.cz/e-shop/1-72-construction-kits-20/uk-tugmaster-tractor-1769 V.P.
  18. Offset Scale Models is to release a 1/48th Russian naval tow tractor resin kit. Source: https://www.facebook.com/Offsetmodels/posts/102451561264857 https://www.facebook.com/Offsetmodels/posts/145126646997348 V.P.
  19. WWII US Military Tractor (A1367) 1:35 Airfix The tractor like many machines was during WWII pressed into use by the military in a wide range of roles. This is a Case VAI as used by the US Army. As well as general utility vehciles they were often seen on airfields moving aircraft and towing bombs. The Kit Here Airfix have re-boxed the Thunder Models kit from 2016. There are two sprues, a set of tyres and a small sheet of PE. Construction begins with the engine/gear box. The oil filter than starter motor are added on along with the distributor, to the front the fan goes on along with the generator. Next up inlet and exhaust manifolds are added. Next up its time for the radiator and fuel tank. The the rear axle is constructed along with the rear wheels. To this is added the complete engine/gearbox assembly. The read mud guards go one along with the covers for the engine. The the drivers set assembly can be made up and added. At the front its now the turn of the axle and wheels, and finally the drivers controls. Markings markings are provided for one USAAFE tractor in Olive drab and one Civilian tractor in yellow. Conclusion This will make into an interesting looking model and could be used a 1/32 Aircraft in a diorama, but I cant help feeling its a strange release for Airfix? Review sample courtesy of
  20. So with our 3d makerspace open I'll post a long-term project where I try to model a very special and kind of rare tractor. This is me trying to get to grips with freeform modelling and sharing my findings along the way. All pictures will be loaded to this gallery: https://www.behance.net/gallery/101740501/Developing-a-Bungartz-T7-Model-for-3d-printing Subject: A very small oldtimer Tractor of German origin, originally made by Bungartz & Peschke, this particular one was probably built in 1965. I'll try to model the T7 variant, which I have direct access to as my father owns one. These tractors are pretty rare, despite being exported all over europe and even US models available. It is believed only 2800 Bungartz tractors were made, including all models and markets. All Bungartz models are very small, some offerings made to be small enough to pass simple barn doors by having a width of as little as 0,7m! The tractors were intended and usually used in wineyards and on steeper fields. They also were marketed for use in greenhouses. For these purposes the tractors have some special features that are worth noting: adjustable track width of the rear wheels via fixed axle adaptors or even via adjustable adaptors as special option. This allows for very narrow width were needed and for trespassing along a steep hill by pulling out the lower wheel to prevent tipping over. 90° steering angle (!!!). This allows for a very small turning radius, ideal for indoor jobs in greenhouses and the likes. individual manual brakes for the rear wheels to assist turning on steep hills and allowing the inner wheel to stand still while turning the tractor around it! This is quite a sight. I have copies of the user manual and spares catalogue for the tractor and for its engine, a Hatz Diesel AKD 10 Z. Our example has a fixed axle and is 0,9m wide, which should be standard for the T7. Here's a teaser of how small this tractor is. To the left is an already small Porsche Junior Diesel, but the bicycle puts it really to scale: Tools Fusion360 will be my main tool. I want to get to grips with it and especially the sculpting environment. Blender may see some use. Maybe I will try doing parts in both, to see what I get the most of. Intention I plan to build a full 1:24 model of this tractor over time. This is the long-term goal. The main goal is to learn freeform modelling and combining of software with the intent of doing a complex model instead of parts only. This is not a real tutorial, as I may go wrong at any given point, lose interest or hit a wall. But I encourage everyone interested to follow along to learn as well and share their knowledge and ideas. Please shout at me if you see me doing something stupid. I might have an advantage regarding strictly regular geometric patterns, but with freeform modelling there may very well be some of you around here knowing far more than I do. I plan to do a full 3d model of the tractor in 1:1 scale, no matter how the parts are produced later. Most parts should be 3d printable in the end. I will offer to print these on demand, should I succeed. I don't expect too much interest, knowing this is a very nieche corner of our hobby. I plan to do a 1:87 (H0) print as a gift for my dad to add to his model railway layout. The first steps have already been made. I'll share these in the following posts along with more pictures.
  21. Iconicair is to release a 1/32nd David Brown aircraft tractor resin kit Source: https://www.facebook.com/officialiconicair/posts/3152358298172780 V.P.
  22. Deutz D30 "Easy-click system" (07821) 1:24 Revell The D30 was a popular tractor produced by Deutz in the early to mid 1960s. It was powered by a twin cylinder four stroke diesel engine which gave it a top speed of 20 kmh. It was a popular tractor with over 35,000 being made in the companies factory in Koln. The Kit This is a new "easy-click system" kit from Revell which can be made up without glue or paint, though these can be used if required. This continues Revell's selection of entry level kits which is only to be applauded. As such the parts are moulded in the appropriate colours to be assembled straight from the box. Rubber tyres are also provided along with the plastic parts. The parts count is actually quite high and the finished model will be a good representation of the tractor in question. To start with the main transmission / engine assembly which is the heart of the tractor is made up. The front axle along with the wheels and tyres is added. The drivers seat and controls are then added into the main body. At the rear the wheel covers are made and added, the large rear wheels then get their tyres and these can be added as well. Once the front engine cover is added with its trim parts this essentially completes the model. Decals There is a small sheet of decals for the tractor which surprisingly are printed by cartograf so quality is assured there. As an alternative a sheet of stickers is also supplied. Conclusion This should make into a good looking model. This has a higher parts count and is more complicated than some other "easy" models I have seen so would not be suitable for smaller children, it should make up to an interesting project for slightly older ones though. Highly Recommended to get children along in the hobby. Revell model kits are available from all good toy and model retailers. For further information visit or
  23. I'm looking at going into a different realm for models. I want to make a Big Bud 4WD articulating farm tractor and need plan views or a decent priced 1/32 die cast. At the very least I need basic measurements. I want to make these 1/24. These particular ones are very unique in there history and tractor size. Big Bud also made the world's largest farm tractor. They are popular around the U.S. mainly Montana where they are ideal for the large prairies. Unfortunately none came to Canada that I know of. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o8ncWvI2nr8 Here are a few in the video to show. Ag shows don't have die casts anymore, at least not here. I want to also model the big 747 version. I have a line on tyres that are useable but expensive if I make three tractors which would be the goal. If anyone can help in anyway it would be a hugely appreciated. The Welker's in the video are quite busy so I can't get anything.
  24. Yet another piece of work equipment on my part. This time a somewhat older type and model, namely a Ferguson TE20 "Little Grey Fergie" tractor. The kit is by Heller and is in 1:24 scale. First subassembly was the powertrain (minus the wheels).
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