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IJN Komatsu G40 (1/48)

The bulldozer was initialized by the Japanese Navy in the early 1940's.
This is based on an agricultural tractor and was one of the first of its kind in Japan.
The intended use was to make the construction of airfields faster and easier, which was still done manually until it was introduced.

The quality of the Tamiya kit (32565) impresses with sharp shapes and high accuracy of the part fitting.

Nevertheless, there is a lot of follow-up work to be done.
Some details are only shown in simplified form or are missing.
Before I could start painting, I still had to invest several hours of post-detailing work.

I also built the dio base myself and only the palm leaves lying on the ground are from Voyager Models (PE72031).
I wanted to show a arid pacific island where an airfield is being built.
The trunks of the palm trees consist of a wire framework, the broken ends of splintered toothpicks and I then covered, shaped and structured them with 2k putty.

The driver is offered by Res/Kit (RSF48-0002) which I slightly modified.

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7 responses

  1. the painting, highlighting and weathering work on your builds is fantastic!

  2. Superb result, Simon!

  3. Nice that you like it and thanks for your comments mates!

  4. Nice! My favorite so far.

  5. Fantastic weathering!

  6. Thank you for your appreciative words
    Gary and Lis!

  7. Excellent work, Simon @s-nagorsnik
    Even the base is a work of art.

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