Thunder Model 1/35 Case VAI Tractor with loader
Following the excellent review of Thunder Models' new tractor (http://imodeler.com/2016/12/thunder-model-135-case-vai-tractor/) previously posted by iM member Boris Rakic, I couldn't wait to get my hands on their second release in the form of the tractor equipped with military loader. And once having the new kit in my hands I couldn't wait to start building, and in just a few weeks I ended up with this simple vignette.
The only modifications done to the kit was exchanging the supplied vinyl tires for resin items from LZ Model and adding ignition wires to the engine.
All in all this was a great kit of a truly unique subject and it was a really fun project.
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A very well done little setting indeed...your figure painting is outstanding!
I love these tractors! You've done a marvelous job on it Anders! I've seen a couple others on Scalemates and am really tempted to try one too. Thanks for sharing it with us here!
I hadn't seen one of these built up aside from review builds, but this is very nice work indeed. Nice to see as much attention to the figure as to the main subject.
Anders, this one is a beauty! And the vignette makes it all the more beautiful - these small subjects profit so much from a bit of a base.
One question: Did you replace the resin wheel hubs with the plastic ones or did the resin set come with just the tires? My set came as a single casting, hubs and tires in one. I didn't like the casting of the hubs, so went with the plastic parts.
Boris, my set was of the later edition, modified to have you use the kit rims for the main tires.
And thanks! 🙂
Tire pattern supposed to go in different directions?
That was completely unintentional. It was pointed out to me, but then it was already too late to fix... 😉
Love it. It's true that the muddy base and the figure lift an already good model to a whole different level. Well done!
Good looking build! Well done.
Well done, Anders.
I never thought dirt could look so adorable.
Thanks everone for the kind comments on the tractor and everything with it, very much appreciated! 🙂
Great build, figure and all!
Fantastic build. Great to something that has not got a gun or tracks.
Magnificent vignette. It shows a lot of detail on a relatively small space.
Thanks again all of you! 🙂
OK, I admit, building a tractor is not on my list, but this is really cool ! Nice work, Anders. This is really nice and looks very well done. You figure is equally nice. I like it a lot !
Thanks, Terry! 🙂
You've certainly got the most out of this superb little kit, I'm sure the alignment of the tyre tracks is an experiment by the tyre manufacturer.
George, good idea but I have also heard that having tyres with different directions of the tread was not uncommon. I am safe! 😉