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1/35 Caterpillar Sixty - FINISHED
« on: November 13, 2021, 12:42:10 PM »
This is a real world build of the Thunder Models 1/35 Caterpillar Sixty. The Sixty was built under license in Russia as the Stalinets S-60 and also formed the basis for the Stalinets S-65.

The build wasn't bad at all, albeit long; you're basically building a big engine, with some bits added to make it move - almost as an afterthought. Parts fit well and the PE (and copper wire) were easy to deal with. The only issue I had was with the fuel tank - the ends had a seam that was difficult to remove, so I just replaced them with a styrene disk:





I thought about painting it yellow, but decided to go with the blue-gray on the boxtop (and on some Sixties I found online):



The tracks are some I'd put together for a Trumpeter S-65 and they fit perfectly. Notice that the embossed "Caterpillar" and "Sixty" are missing from the radiator. Since Thunder makes the Stalinets version, the names are provided in PE form. Ugh.
I managed to get the "Caterpillar" onto the radiator. It doesn't look great, but it's good enough:



Please don't look at the headlamps too closely because they're liable to fall of. I think they're held onto the arms with maybe two or three molecules of plastic.

Getting the "Sixty" onto the sides - correctly spaced - would have been a real job. This is what the PE fret looks like (after I painted it red):



After some pondering,  I scanned the PE section above and deleted everything that wasn't a red letter. I ended up with "SIXTY", which I printed several times onto decal paper. Next, I carefully trimmed each letter from the PE fret and using some Gator Glue, I aligned each letter over the matching letter on the decal. The darker red shows one set of PE letters glued onto the decal:



I then cut and trimmed the decal to fit the radiator and applied it to the model. I think it looks OK - it was certainly easier than trying to apply the PE directly to the radiator part:



I gave the tractor a good coat of clear to make sure everything stayed down.

One thing that Thunder forgot to add to the tractor is the dirt shield on the running gear. Since I had a spare, built Trumpeter S-65, I sacrificed its dirt shields. They fit perfectly. In fact, the complete running gear from the Trumpeter kit fits onto the Sixty body with only minor coaxing. I built the Thunder parts because they're better detailed than the Trumpeter parts.

I also noticed that almost every picture of the Sixty I found online has the control arms facing out from the driver's seat. Thunder has you build them facing inwards towards the driver, so I fixed that as well:



Next is some weathering. Lots of it.
« Last Edit: December 22, 2021, 05:22:35 AM by Frank3k »

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Re: 1/35 Caterpillar Sixty
« Reply #1 on: November 13, 2021, 08:51:27 PM »
Looking good!

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« Reply #2 on: November 13, 2021, 10:06:37 PM »
Definitely some excellent work going on there, frank! :smiley:
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Re: 1/35 Caterpillar Sixty
« Reply #3 on: November 13, 2021, 11:05:09 PM »
Excellent work again Frank!  The kit has certainly met its master in your hands.  :smiley:
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« Reply #4 on: November 21, 2021, 10:02:34 PM »
I can't even guess what the final plot twist on this will be.

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Re: 1/35 Caterpillar Sixty - FINISHED
« Reply #5 on: December 22, 2021, 05:30:33 AM »
I finished this one before I got tired of it.

The tracks were on right, but the ones on the left got a bit out of whack as I was posing the tractor. They're loose (and movable, if I decide to roll the tractor along the floor):


Right side:


Left side:


Weathering is a combination of clear dust color, some pigments, Tamiya panel accent, #2 pencil lead, a clear glaze with a few drops of sand and various Tamiya weathering powders.





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Re: 1/35 Caterpillar Sixty - FINISHED
« Reply #6 on: December 22, 2021, 07:09:56 AM »
That looks great Frank! Just looking at it, I sense that I should be rummaging around for an oily rag to wipe my hands on!

Oh, and on the DK albums, I cast my vote for "Give Me Convenience or Give Me Death"   :smiley:
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Re: 1/35 Caterpillar Sixty - FINISHED
« Reply #7 on: December 22, 2021, 07:20:21 AM »
The tracks were on right, but the ones on the left got a bit out of whack as I was posing the tractor. They're loose (and movable, if I decide to roll the tractor along the floor):

Yah, "if". Sure! ::)

Damn! Great job, Frank! :smiley:

The tractor looks fantastic, makes my efforts look pedestrian, but the figure of the big guy ... He looks almost real! :icon_surprised:

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Re: 1/35 Caterpillar Sixty - FINISHED
« Reply #8 on: December 22, 2021, 07:26:38 AM »
WOW -- Looks like a shrink ray project with figures added  :smiley:  :smiley:  :smiley:
Grimy - Yes - need a rag to clean up after viewing....

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Re: 1/35 Caterpillar Sixty - FINISHED
« Reply #9 on: December 22, 2021, 08:30:00 AM »
Thanks, guys. The weathering was actually very easy.

@apophenia - "Give Me Convenience or Give Me Death" is the better album; it has "Holiday in Cambodia".

@Guy - the big guy is real - at least he's based on a 3D scan by ReedOak of a French guy.


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« Reply #10 on: December 22, 2021, 09:12:17 AM »
@Guy - the big guy is real - at least he's based on a 3D scan by ReedOak of a French guy.


Yeah, but the paint work takes it to a whole new level! :icon_alabanza: 8)
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« Reply #11 on: December 22, 2021, 10:36:49 AM »
Terrific job!

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« Reply #13 on: December 22, 2021, 08:57:26 PM »
I agree with Dr. Jones!
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« Reply #14 on: December 22, 2021, 11:09:45 PM »
Very nice !!  Great weathering for sure.   :smiley: :smiley:
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Re: 1/35 Caterpillar Sixty - FINISHED
« Reply #15 on: December 23, 2021, 05:27:30 AM »
Winner!

Really nice work

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« Reply #16 on: December 23, 2021, 06:00:00 AM »
Daaaaaaayummm. Phenomenal!
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Re: 1/35 Caterpillar Sixty - FINISHED
« Reply #17 on: December 23, 2021, 09:09:00 AM »
Thanks everyone! It is on display in a Swedish museum now - my Ikea DETOLF display case.

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« Reply #18 on: December 24, 2021, 01:03:28 AM »
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Re: 1/35 Caterpillar Sixty - FINISHED
« Reply #19 on: December 24, 2021, 02:58:04 AM »
oof, that is some fine work! Congrats!