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Antoine

[TAMIYA 1/48] Komatsu G40 Bulldozer

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Hi there!

 

As a lot of us, I've started 2020  with a full bag of good resolutions, and among thoses, trying to finish one (or more) build. 

After a quick glance at more than a dozen false starts from the last decade, I've decided to go for a fresh kit.

 

My choice? The unexpected Komatsu G40 from Tamiya, released a few years ago, a very very nice little 1/48 kit, perfect for a little vignette together with an aircraft. And this is exactly what I plan to do, but let's concentrate on the bull only for the moment.

 

Let me take you on a quick visit inside the box.

 

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Starting with the sprues. There are two, if I'm not wrong.

:smartass:

 

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Instruction sheet.

 

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Only one camo option.

 

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The decals.

All those stencils...

 

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A handfull of metalic dry transferts.

 

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And... that's all!!!

:penguin:

 

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The build is really straightforward, and take about a single day.

I've decided for three sub-assembly, that is the hull, the dozer blade and the tracks.

 

Here's the hull, nearly finished.

I'll spare the seat for the end, to ease the paint job.

I've got small mods to do with the front lights, too.

But I won't go into extensive modifications or detailling, as I'm poor on documentation.

 

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All the sub-assemblies are put together, and I've added one front light.

So far, so good.

Only little drawback are the sprues attachments to the tracks, they're a bit difficult to clean-up

Ready for the paint!

 

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Its coming together nicely.

What is the fit and finish like?

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I've added the missing front light, after a quick mod to figure a broken glass. I'll try to add some wires later.

 

It's primer time, and I choose a rottbraun acrylic-polyurethane from Vallejo.

Perfect to make a difference with the light gray of the sprues, and the final colour of Kure arsenal gray (kind of German grey), as indicated by Tamiya. And beside, I've one bottle in my primer collection!

 

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12 minutes ago, Vaastav said:

Its coming together nicely.

What is the fit and finish like?

I can answer with one word: It's Tamiya!

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7 minutes ago, Antoine said:

I can answer with one word: It's Tamiya!

Tamiya's models are simple yet elegant (atleast from my experiencec)

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Hi Antoine, good to see you back and building some heavy metal, and fast! I thought that my Sherman build in under four weeks was quick, but this has me beat hands down. It's a great looking little model.

 

John.

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Lovely build. I noticed that the company name on the front grill and on the transfers is missing the S from Komatsu, but the period photographs I can find shows this is correct. I wonder why they did that?

 

Andy

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2 hours ago, Bullbasket said:

Hi Antoine, good to see you back and building some heavy metal, and fast! I thought that my Sherman build in under four weeks was quick, but this has me beat hands down. It's a great looking little model.

 

John.

Hi John, Nice to hear from you.

Not so quick, as I started two weeks ago.

 

1 hour ago, Foxbat said:

Lovely build. I noticed that the company name on the front grill and on the transfers is missing the S from Komatsu, but the period photographs I can find shows this is correct. I wonder why they did that?

 

Andy

Noticed that, yes, but... I've no answer so far.

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1 hour ago, Foxbat said:

Lovely build. I noticed that the company name on the front grill and on the transfers is missing the S from Komatsu, but the period photographs I can find shows this is correct. I wonder why they did that?

 

1 minute ago, Antoine said:

Noticed that, yes, but... I've no answer so far.

 

You will probably find it's a cunning way of avoiding any licencing or copyright issues in the same way that Tamiya's Opel Blitz is marketed as a "German 3 ton 4x2 Cargo Truck" and omits any manufacturer's badging.

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49 minutes ago, Richard E said:

 

 

You will probably find it's a cunning way of avoiding any licencing or copyright issues in the same way that Tamiya's Opel Blitz is marketed as a "German 3 ton 4x2 Cargo Truck" and omits any manufacturer's badging.

Not in this case. I found a couple of period photos and Tamiya have matched the original. A bit more digging revealed this excerpt from a previous discussion on Missing Lynx (the link is broken so I can't access the full post): "They have the difference in some character notation, and one of that is word "tsu / tu". ... Anyway, the spelling "Komatu" is correct considering historical fact."

 

So there you go. I can rest easy now and just enjoy Antoine's build :)

 

Andy

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The primer being dry, we now move on to the paint properly.

Tamiya indicate the main colour to be an IJN gray from Kure arsenal, available when the kit was released as a spray, ref. TS-66.

 

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But today, we've also the acrylic version, XF-75.

 

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IIRC, there's  also a lacquer in Mr colour range, as part of an IJN set.

 

My choice was the acrylic.

The plan was to cover all the rottbraun with gray, but after my first very thin and diluted airbrush passage, I noticed a nice surprising effect, and decided to leave it as it was. For the moment!

 

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Sorry Antoine. Can't see the pictures.

 

John.

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Then believe me: They're just beautiful!

:penguin:

 

Sometime drag & drop just doesn't work...

Should be ok now.

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Well, most of you lot will think that there's absolutely no change between this picture and the last one...

But I swear, I've highlighted the top, and distributed some shadows here and there at the bottom.

In reality, I must admit that those shadows are a bit too light, so I'll try some smoke tomorrow, or heavily diluted black paint.

 

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