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Title: Roden 1/35 Holt Tractor diorama finished
Post by: gedmundson on March 26, 2021, 12:49:51 AM
After seeing Chris Johnson's wonderful Holt tractor build from last year, I had to take the plunge and build one myself. Although an 8inch Howitzer Mk.VI came with the kit I purchased, I wanted to do something based in the Somme 1916, so I purchased a ResiCast Mk.II 8inch gun. This type was more appropriate for the time period, and has the wider wheels.

I was well warned about the Roden kit, and the cleanup of the parts is quite daunting. But I'm enjoying the process. I cobbled together some of the sub-assemblies so far for a show'n'tell.

Cheers,
Gary

(https://i.imgur.com/IAWJcE3.jpg)
A few of the sub-assemblies pieced together to show how all is slowly taking shape

(https://i.imgur.com/romtjGJ.jpg)
The project will incorperate the Mk.II howitzer - more appropriate for the Somme 1916
Title: Re: Roden 1/35 Holt Tractor
Post by: rhwinter on March 26, 2021, 01:48:52 AM
Looking forward to this build, Gary!
Cheers,
Richard
Title: Re: Roden 1/35 Holt Tractor
Post by: RAGIII on March 26, 2021, 01:58:22 AM
Looks like it will be another of your Awesome builds!
RAGIII
Title: Re: Roden 1/35 Holt Tractor
Post by: Edo on March 26, 2021, 04:25:27 PM
oh! wow! another masterpiece by master Gary!
got my place in the first row!
spectacular build so far.... it seems a huge model, isnít it?

ciao
edo
Title: Re: Roden 1/35 Holt Tractor
Post by: Gisbod on March 26, 2021, 05:59:10 PM
Looks very interesting!

Itíll be fun painting that beast Gary.

Guy
Title: Re: Roden 1/35 Holt Tractor
Post by: gedmundson on April 01, 2021, 10:32:28 AM
Thanks everyone! You folks are very kind  :)

Following Chris Johnson's build - I purchased some thin pewter sheet and made a new roof for the model. The sink marks in the kit part were abominable, and difficult if not impossible to remove. I made a tool from an old paintbrush and embossed the pewter into the grooves of the roof, sliding the segment over to emboss the middle section (to avoid the gaping sink holes!).

I'm also making some boxes for the fenders...a feature seen in the period photos.
Cheers,
Gary

(https://i.imgur.com/GKMRThM.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/CAFKq3a.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/KcPkWFH.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/QTc2pcw.jpg)
Title: Re: Roden 1/35 Holt Tractor
Post by: Edo on April 01, 2021, 04:03:10 PM
what a work!
but tourned out beautifully!
ciao
edo
Title: Re: Roden 1/35 Holt Tractor
Post by: RAGIII on April 05, 2021, 04:45:59 AM
All I can say is AMAZING!
RAGIII
Title: Re: Roden 1/35 Holt Tractor
Post by: pepperman42 on April 09, 2021, 01:04:31 AM
Impeccable work!

Steve
Title: Re: Roden 1/35 Holt Tractor
Post by: gedmundson on April 09, 2021, 06:53:05 AM
Edo, Rick and Steve - thanks for dropping in and making a comment!

I've made a few tarps for the roof using Aves FIXIT putty, and cobbled together most of my progress for a couple of photos before I start painting the sub-assemblies. Project on hold now whist I await some figures in the mail.

Cheers,
Gary

(https://i.imgur.com/aIEqVyu.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/uwDDABM.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/H10Kzxr.jpg)

Title: Re: Roden 1/35 Holt Tractor
Post by: RAGIII on April 10, 2021, 12:30:33 AM
The tarps look terrific and will be even better once painted! Overall awesome build!
RAGIII
Title: Re: Roden 1/35 Holt Tractor
Post by: mgunns on April 13, 2021, 11:09:42 AM
Gary:

So........is this the reason the Hannover is stalled???  That (Holt Tractor) is a neat model, even though it's a bit rough, it turns out nice and I know that you, like Chris, will turn out a "barn burner" of a model.  I have thought about getting one of these, but right now I have four vehicles in the queue and not ready to tackle this guy.  I like the idea of using material and making a new roof, yours looks the part as do the tarps.
Looking forward to updates and the figures and how you are going to display this.
Title: Re: Roden 1/35 Holt Tractor
Post by: rhwinter on April 13, 2021, 03:18:03 PM
Love it!
Title: Re: Roden 1/35 Holt Tractor
Post by: Dave Brewer on April 13, 2021, 05:15:50 PM
Coming along great Gary, what a great subject. Very tempting!
Cheers,
Dave.
Title: Re: Roden 1/35 Holt Tractor
Post by: gedmundson on April 14, 2021, 03:40:02 AM
Thanks for the comments gentlemen!

Gary:

So........is this the reason the Hannover is stalled???

Thanks Mark - I've actually "stalled" this one now waiting on some figures from Model Cellar, nicely sculpted by Mike Good. The Hannover is well under way as I've changed tactics once again and abandoned the "frisket" idea for just plain old masking tape and lots of patience :-)

Cheers,
Gary
Title: Re: Roden 1/35 Holt Tractor
Post by: dr 1 ace on April 16, 2021, 08:24:57 AM
The tarps look terrific and will be even better once painted! Overall awesome build!
RAGIII


Agree with my Amogo !

Ed
Title: Re: Roden 1/35 Holt Tractor
Post by: gedmundson on April 20, 2021, 08:36:07 AM
Thanks for the comments folks!

Paul from Model Cellar has just sent me some of their newest figures for my project. They are a Holt Tractor driver, and a couple of artillery crew that come with various headwear to depict servicemen from the British Commonwealth. The figures are beautifully sculpted by Mike Good, and I'm looking forward to adding them to my eventual vignette.

As I get working on these figures I'll be posting some in-progress work on the construction and painting steps.

Cheers (and thanks to Paul!!),
Gary

(https://i.imgur.com/NyywIWO.jpg)
Title: Re: Roden 1/35 Holt Tractor
Post by: RAGIII on April 21, 2021, 11:46:05 PM
Those figures look outstanding as always from Model Cellar and Mike Good! I am looking forward to seeing them in your Vignette!!
RAGIII
Title: Re: Roden 1/35 Holt Tractor
Post by: gbrivio on April 22, 2021, 05:20:11 AM
Great model, and great additional work. Looking forward for the next steps with figures and the howitzer.
Ciao
Giuseppe
Title: Re: Roden 1/35 Holt Tractor
Post by: pepperman42 on April 27, 2021, 02:02:40 AM
Great work!! Is the Avis Fixit any better than Milliput?

Steve
Title: Re: Roden 1/35 Holt Tractor
Post by: gedmundson on April 28, 2021, 11:31:57 PM
Great work!! Is the Avis Fixit any better than Milliput?

Steve

Thanks Steve. For making tarps, I find the FIXIT works better than Milliput because it's not as "sticky". I roll the putty out on a pane of glass using talcum powder until I can get a workable thickness. I do use Milliput for gap-filling and other tasks, so each product has it's own purpose to me. I'm still trying to source some Magic Sculpt in a reasonable amount (200gm) without having to order it during our cold weather (which in Edmonton lasts from September until June). I've heard very good things about that putty.
Cheers,
Gary
Title: Re: Roden 1/35 Holt Tractor
Post by: gedmundson on April 30, 2021, 12:24:27 AM
I preparation for painting - a couple of the Model Cellar British artillery crew figures. I'll do the heads and bodies separately.
Cheers,
Gary

(https://i.imgur.com/H2KmjKb.jpg)
Title: Re: Roden 1/35 Holt Tractor
Post by: pepperman42 on April 30, 2021, 09:44:17 PM
Thanks for the update!!. I will try and source some around here in Barrie ON

Steve
Title: Re: Roden 1/35 Holt Tractor
Post by: gedmundson on May 11, 2021, 12:16:13 AM
With my previous aircraft build complete I can now focus on the ResiCast 8" howitzer, and started that on the weekend. The wheels are a bit tricky to put together, but the assembly is quickly taking its stubby looking shape.
Cheers,
Gary

(https://i.imgur.com/w76nd1S.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/7K4PAE0.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/noZWYSe.jpg)
Title: Re: Roden 1/35 Holt Tractor
Post by: pepperman42 on May 11, 2021, 10:38:51 PM
That's a big chunk-o-resin!!

Steve
Title: Re: Roden 1/35 Holt Tractor
Post by: Alexis on May 11, 2021, 11:56:00 PM
I will admit , I would have really messed up the PE spokes trying to make all fit !


Alexis
Title: Re: Roden 1/35 Holt Tractor
Post by: gedmundson on May 13, 2021, 12:28:06 AM
Some more progress on the 8" gun. The figures give a nice size perspective.
Cheers,
Gary

(https://i.imgur.com/QGGpHBg.jpg)
Title: Re: Roden 1/35 Holt Tractor
Post by: Bughunter on May 13, 2021, 01:50:36 AM
Very interesting construction! The PE struts seems to be a nice representation of the original wheels.

Cheers,
Frank
Title: Re: Roden 1/35 Holt Tractor
Post by: Borsos on May 13, 2021, 04:31:51 AM
Good memories come back when I see this kit, which I had a great time with. I am keen on seeing it finished in your wonderful way. The Holt tractor is still waiting in my stash when my mojo with building WWI models comes back.
Andreas
Title: Re: Roden 1/35 Holt Tractor
Post by: Alexis on May 13, 2021, 12:42:15 PM
Can you start painting the figure's first please !


Alexis
Title: Re: Roden 1/35 Holt Tractor
Post by: gedmundson on May 15, 2021, 07:58:54 PM
Frank, Andreas and Alexis - thanks so much for dropping by to comment! Unfortunately, Alexis, much of the scene has to be mapped out before I can start to paint the figures. I still have to configure the driver for the Holt tractor...and may have to perform surgery to have his head looking the best way to convey the feeling of how these components will all piece together. I'm also waiting for some missing parts from my Howitzer kit to be sent from Resicast in France (Gun Limber Wheels).

A couple of the components of this scene involve two troops passing by on bicycles. I've converted one of the MasterBox WW2 bikes to look more like a WW1 example used by the British army. In some cases, there were provisions for carrying a Lee Enfield rifle using leather straps.

These little models come with an etched metal set that replicates the spokes and smaller components quite nicely. I had to add some 0.3mm tubing here and there to make up for some of the etched brass bits that didn't fit very well, and repair a broken support (seen below in the parts layout in the top left corner). To glue the handlebars to the post, I had to drill a tiny hole and use a fine copper wire to help give strength to the miniscule joint. It can be seen still poking out of the top in the photo. Some thicker copper wire was used for the springs at the back of the seat.

Cheers,
Gary

(https://i.imgur.com/ZnXcaQe.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/4boI4lZ.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/Y6FGevU.jpg)

Title: Re: Roden 1/35 Holt Tractor
Post by: gedmundson on May 25, 2021, 05:30:08 AM
If there's one thing I find takes forever in time and resources, it's converting figurenes to match what I need in a scene. Work is progressing slowly on the project as I try to put everything together, with the figures relating to each other in some natural appearance.

I used some ICM British Infantry parts to convert the WW2 French bicycle troop to the soldier I wanted chatting with the Holt driver, and then altered the position of the driver and his head to correspond. A second cyclist with a bike is in progress. And I'm still waiting for my missing parts from ResiCast.
Cheers,
Gary

(https://i.imgur.com/8PxpSBU.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/jlSk9sQ.jpg)
Title: Re: Roden 1/35 Holt Tractor
Post by: Alexis on May 25, 2021, 10:20:18 AM
Hi Gary ,

I guess that makes sense on planning out the lay out and getting the feel of what you are looking for . I can wait ...

Nice job on getting the bike put together , to bad the chain stay broke , but I'm sure once you get her painted up no one will be able to tell .

Alexis
Title: Re: Roden 1/35 Holt Tractor
Post by: Manni on May 25, 2021, 10:18:26 PM
Wonderful work, Gary. The converted figure looks really good in my eyes. Can't wait to see the next steps. The bike is a gem. I have build it , too. Was great fun.
Bye, Manni
Title: Re: Roden 1/35 Holt Tractor
Post by: Todd Holaday on May 26, 2021, 03:46:12 AM
I like that bicycle very much!  Nice!
Title: Re: Roden 1/35 Holt Tractor
Post by: gedmundson on May 28, 2021, 11:48:31 PM
Todd, Manni and Alexis - thanks for your comments and I'm happy you like the bicycle. I made a second one, and also converted an ICM figure to be pushing it along. Painting on the tractor has commenced and I hope to show pics soon on that.
Cheers,
Gary

(https://i.imgur.com/HlasHKA.jpg)


Title: Re: Roden 1/35 Holt Tractor
Post by: Todd Holaday on May 29, 2021, 12:30:10 AM
Don't want to be repetitious but just had to comment again.  The figures works so well with the bike.  It looks like you really had to go to the spare parts bin to piece him together.  Also the gun cover and the roll-up on the rack!  Very cool.
Title: Re: Roden 1/35 Holt Tractor
Post by: gedmundson on May 29, 2021, 03:05:46 AM
Don't want to be repetitious but just had to comment again.  The figures works so well with the bike.  It looks like you really had to go to the spare parts bin to piece him together.  Also the gun cover and the roll-up on the rack!  Very cool.

Thanks Todd - I'm lucky to have collected a lot of bits over the years, and was able to use an UltraCast head, Dragon models German WW2 infantry arms, and an extra Model Cellar helmet on this guy. The bike kit broke in EXACTLY the same spot as the previous one when I tried to remove that part from the sprue - very delicate indeed  :o
Cheers,
Gary
Title: Re: Roden 1/35 Holt Tractor
Post by: gedmundson on June 05, 2021, 09:12:13 AM
With painting the gun and tractor well under way, I received my missing limber wheels from ResiCast in France. But I was sent the wrong ones. So I'm still waiting to hear about how that'll be resolved.

Meanwhile I thought I'd make a start painting the figures. This time with their heads attached. I like to airbrush the uniforms black, and then add colour gradually building from dark to light so that the highlights stand out. The basic shades of the uniforms were also airbrushed, and I fill in the rest with brushing very dilute layers of Vallejo colours. Everything is still a work in progress, so here are a few pics of the Holt driver and Artillery troops so far.

Cheers,
Gary

(https://i.imgur.com/qsavID2.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/m3K7M0q.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/PRnIvmU.jpg)
Title: Re: Roden 1/35 Holt Tractor
Post by: Edo on June 05, 2021, 03:15:40 PM
i always am surprised by how beautifully your figures re painted!
and always a little sad as I will never reach such a level....

ciao
edo
Title: Re: Roden 1/35 Holt Tractor
Post by: ModelCellar on June 05, 2021, 10:50:05 PM
Gary,

...lookin' good !!  The figures are shaping up nicely. 

Paul
Title: Re: Roden 1/35 Holt Tractor
Post by: pepperman42 on June 06, 2021, 08:55:26 PM
Your explanation says "simple" but the results look like there is far more to the process. Wonderful work!!

Steve
Title: Re: Roden 1/35 Holt Tractor
Post by: Borsos on June 06, 2021, 09:57:32 PM
i always am surprised by how beautifully your figures re painted!
and always a little sad as I will never reach such a level....

ciao
edo

Exactly my thoughts!
Andreas
Title: Re: Roden 1/35 Holt Tractor
Post by: Rookie on June 07, 2021, 07:44:41 AM
Hi Gary, I think your figures  look  wonderful!

Could you share with us how you do this?

For example: how do you make such sharp  seperations between the pants and the shirt, znd how you do the details of the face, and what paints and colours you use?

Willem
Title: Re: Roden 1/35 Holt Tractor
Post by: gbrivio on June 07, 2021, 03:32:30 PM
Lovely details, I like bikes and figures and the whole scene is really promising.
Ciao
Giuseppe
Title: Re: Roden 1/35 Holt Tractor
Post by: gedmundson on June 08, 2021, 12:04:09 AM
Thanks to everyone who posted such kind comments - I really appreciate that!

Hi Gary, I think your figures  look  wonderful!

Could you share with us how you do this?

For example: how do you make such sharp  seperations between the pants and the shirt, znd how you do the details of the face, and what paints and colours you use?

Willem

Willem - thanks for asking that question. Hopefully I can shed some light on ho I manage the painting steps.

As previously shown, I have airbrushed the figure's uniforms in XF-1 Tamiya Flat black. I then airbrushed on a colour for the trousers - Vallejo mix of "British Uniform 70.921" and "Khaki" 70.988 in a 3:2 ratio. The colour was sprayed to allow the black to show as a pre-shade.

Setting the airbrush as fine as I could, I then sprayed the grey colour (I used a neutral Tamiya Grey - doesn't matter which) for the undershirt, again letting the black show through as shadow, and also cutting as close to the trousers as I could.

These colours were then painted onto the figures using very diluted amounts of Vallejo Model Color acrylic. You have to thin it quite a bit, and use several coats. This takes some experience with the paint, and some practice to see how it lays down. The idea is to build up the colour to a lighter shade as you hit the highlights of the folds in the clothing.

For the faces, arms, and hands I paint the flesh colour by brush, and use Vallejo Beige Red 70.804 as a base. The shades are done mostly with a blend of 70.804 and Vallejo Panzer Aces 343 "Shadows Flesh", and highlights with the base colour and Off-White 70.820.

I have to say that I absolutely need the best paint brush to accomplish this level of detail, and I swear by the Winsor & Newton Series 7 sable brushes size 000. They are very hard to buy here in Edmonton, Canada. I also use a microscope to help with magnification.

Sorry for the long answer - but I hope this helps answer you question :)
Cheers,
Gary
Title: Re: Roden 1/35 Holt Tractor
Post by: Alexis on June 08, 2021, 06:14:09 AM
I'm not even going to try this but I will sit back and admire your work . Yes Winsor and Newton brushes are hard to find here in Edmonton , best brushes out there .


Alexis
Title: Re: Roden 1/35 Holt Tractor
Post by: Edo on June 08, 2021, 03:24:40 PM
yeah, me too...
but thank you to explain us the magic!

ciao
edo
Title: Re: Roden 1/35 Holt Tractor
Post by: gedmundson on June 09, 2021, 03:28:50 AM
Thanks Alexis and Edo - I'm happy to share the story, although I'm not a fan of showing partially completed work  ::). But that's what these threads are for I guess  ;)

Speaking of which - I've had to paint and weather the tractor in sub-assemblies. It's hard to properly weather the running gear with the tracks in place, and the engine of course had to be done separately. So here's where I'm at now with the finishing stages before the platform goes over the chassis, and some of the other smaller assemblies are added.

Cheers,
Gary

(https://i.imgur.com/x4KLE3p.jpg)
Title: Re: Roden 1/35 Holt Tractor
Post by: Rookie on June 09, 2021, 04:18:06 AM

Sorry for the long answer - but I hope this helps answer you question :)
Cheers,
Gary

(https://i.imgur.com/30BtmQY.jpg)

Don't be sorry Gary, thank you for this extensive explanation. I think for a lot of us this is a great help.

@ Alexis: Maybe figure painting is as daunting as starting a resin kit....  ;)

Willem 
Title: Re: Roden 1/35 Holt Tractor
Post by: gedmundson on June 10, 2021, 08:43:45 AM
Another update, as I try and work my way through painting/weathering/assembling the tractor. There are a couple of levers mounted just in front of the steering wheel, and photos show a couple of lines (pneumatic? cables?) going from there and passing through the fender. I added these with thin lead wire. They look flimsy enough, so I didn't make them straight.

Each build I've studied of this model seems to show the radiator tilted forward at the top, which looks odd. I believe the reason is the upper hose is a bit too long, so I've test-fitted mine many times to get the pipes and hoses to line up correctly with the radiator sitting plumb. I don't think I've ever test-fitted a model as much as this one.

Cheers,
Gary

(https://i.imgur.com/UwChpEB.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/PtTHOXz.jpg)
Title: Re: Roden 1/35 Holt Tractor
Post by: gedmundson on June 11, 2021, 04:52:30 AM
One often wonders what colour to paint engine exhaust parts. Studying real ones - they appear to be very abstract in appearance varying from spotty pinks to greys to rusty looking and everything in between. I painted the Holt's exhaust by airbrushing it flat black, and then rubbing on random colours of artist's chalk pastels here and there until I was pleased.
Cheers,
Gary

(https://i.imgur.com/eQqdSbj.jpg)

Title: Re: Roden 1/35 Holt Tractor
Post by: Edo on June 11, 2021, 04:11:00 PM
and it turned out a beauty !
ciao
edo
Title: Re: Roden 1/35 Holt Tractor
Post by: Borsos on June 11, 2021, 06:33:12 PM
Wow, that exhaust could go for a real one!
Andreas
Title: Re: Roden 1/35 Holt Tractor
Post by: Rookie on June 11, 2021, 06:56:46 PM
I agree with Andreas and Edo, it looks very realistic!

Willem
Title: Re: Roden 1/35 Holt Tractor
Post by: macsporran on June 11, 2021, 08:15:15 PM
I don't usually follow step by step builds or vehicle threads but I happened on this one and, have to say, I am blown away by your modelling, Gary. The figures especially are expertly brought to life. On the one hand I wish to congratulate you, on the other I want to chuck my airbrush in the bin!
Wonderful stuff.
Sandy
Title: Re: Roden 1/35 Holt Tractor
Post by: Alexis on June 11, 2021, 11:11:03 PM
Beautiful weathering so far Gary  :)



Alexis
Title: Re: Roden 1/35 Holt Tractor
Post by: Manni on June 12, 2021, 02:13:18 AM
Yessss, terrific work, Gary. I have this one in my stash, too. When the time comes to build it I will try to follow you step by step.
Bye, Manni
Title: Re: Roden 1/35 Holt Tractor
Post by: gedmundson on June 13, 2021, 11:54:22 AM
Thanks so much to all who have commented! I'm truly grateful.

I finally received some new Winsor & Newton paint brushes from Delta Art. I had to cancel a couple of brushes on order since last October and substituted whatever they had in stock. No amount of hounding seems to speed things up - and of course "Covid" is the big excuse. That and some ridiculous trade agreement because animal hair is used to make them. But I love those brushes, and my figures are progressing too.

I've been busy on the model and have spent most of my modelling time applying pastels and oil paint touches of weathering using mineral spirits as a solvent (doesn't attack the Tamiya acrylic base paint). More to add as I go. I find I can never weather things enough.

Cheers,
Gary

(https://i.imgur.com/FC75fb1.jpg)
Title: Re: Roden 1/35 Holt Tractor
Post by: gedmundson on June 18, 2021, 06:06:17 AM
Figures are almost completed, and I painted a cap badge on each one for the Royal Artillery.
Cheers,
Gary

(https://i.imgur.com/3qdC6nO.jpg)
Title: Re: Roden 1/35 Holt Tractor
Post by: Alexis on June 18, 2021, 07:33:57 AM
Gary , these are turning out to be your best yet , the figures are really beautifully painted !



Alexis
Title: Re: Roden 1/35 Holt Tractor
Post by: WD on June 21, 2021, 02:16:01 AM
Absolutely stunning IMHO!  I'm saving this build thread and will peruse it in more detail later on sir.

WD
Title: Re: Roden 1/35 Holt Tractor
Post by: ModelCellar on June 26, 2021, 09:09:55 AM
Gary,

Everything looks fantastic!  The weathering on the tractor, the figures, etc.  Can't wait to see it all finished.

Paul
 
Title: Re: Roden 1/35 Holt Tractor
Post by: pepperman42 on June 28, 2021, 01:54:37 AM
Beautiful work!!

Steve
Title: Re: Roden 1/35 Holt Tractor
Post by: gedmundson on June 30, 2021, 07:19:52 AM
Hello Alexis, Paul, WD and Steve - thanks for your kind words. I wish I had a finished project to show you, but the limber wheels sent by ResiCast for my missing pair were the wrong ones, so I wait another month of two to see if that can be rectified.

Meanwhile I was able to get the tractor more or less completed, so here's a couple of pictures.
Cheers,
Gary

(https://i.imgur.com/5rOlj9c.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/pT7mo76.jpg)
Title: Re: Roden 1/35 Holt Tractor
Post by: Edo on June 30, 2021, 03:34:50 PM
Gary, it is a super sexy tractor!
makes me want ro build one!
canít wait to see next steps!
ciao
edo
Title: Re: Roden 1/35 Holt Tractor
Post by: ModelCellar on July 02, 2021, 11:53:27 AM
Gary,

The tractor is spectacular !

Paul
Title: Re: Roden 1/35 Holt Tractor
Post by: WD on July 12, 2021, 09:51:26 PM
Gobsmackingly beautiful!

WD
Title: Re: Roden 1/35 Holt Tractor diorama finished
Post by: gedmundson on July 19, 2021, 03:35:07 AM
Thanks to all for following along this project - I put the finishing touches onto everything after receiving my missing limber wheels from ResiCast. Here are a few pictures. I wanted to pose everything in a scene indicative of deployment or preparation for transport.
Cheers,
Gary

(https://i.imgur.com/wsMdCev.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/MpcTOOe.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/YiTptal.jpg)
Title: Re: Roden 1/35 Holt Tractor diorama finished
Post by: ModelCellar on July 19, 2021, 04:03:45 AM
Gary,

That is OUTSTANDING. !!!  Everything about it is fantastic !

regards,
Paul
Title: Re: Roden 1/35 Holt Tractor diorama finished
Post by: Borsos on July 19, 2021, 04:12:45 AM
Breathtaking, Gary. A wonderful diorama!
Andreas
Title: Re: Roden 1/35 Holt Tractor diorama finished
Post by: macsporran on July 19, 2021, 04:31:57 AM
I must say I'm not terribly interested in ground pounders and don't usually comment but this vignette is truly outstanding and I have to congratulate you on such a terrific creation. Hats off!
Sandy
Title: Re: Roden 1/35 Holt Tractor diorama finished
Post by: gedmundson on July 19, 2021, 04:37:40 AM
Gary,

That is OUTSTANDING. !!!  Everything about it is fantastic !

regards,
Paul

Thanks for that, Paul. I have to extend my gratitude to you for sending those figures. They are truly exquisite. And they led to having the diorama turn out the way it did.
Title: Re: Roden 1/35 Holt Tractor diorama finished
Post by: gedmundson on July 19, 2021, 04:40:11 AM
Breathtaking, Gary. A wonderful diorama!
Andreas

Thanks Andreas! I appreciate your kind words. And I'm again referencing your work since I started my military Omnibus last week  ;)
Cheers,
Gary
Title: Re: Roden 1/35 Holt Tractor diorama finished
Post by: gedmundson on July 19, 2021, 04:41:18 AM
I must say I'm not terribly interested in ground pounders and don't usually comment but this vignette is truly outstanding and I have to congratulate you on such a terrific creation. Hats off!
Sandy

Thanks for the nice comments, Sandy!
Title: Re: Roden 1/35 Holt Tractor diorama finished
Post by: FAf on July 19, 2021, 07:15:58 AM
Stellar work! Very inspiring as it makes me want to build something heavy and paint a few figures right away... and I usually don't do either.
/Fredrik
Title: Re: Roden 1/35 Holt Tractor diorama finished
Post by: bobs_buckles on July 19, 2021, 08:03:59 AM
Superb!
 ::) ::) ::)

Bob
Title: Re: Roden 1/35 Holt Tractor diorama finished
Post by: Dave Brewer on July 19, 2021, 11:15:31 AM
Your diorama is an absolute treat Gary, one of the best I think I've seen. Can't wait to see what's next.
Cheers,
Dave.
Title: Re: Roden 1/35 Holt Tractor diorama finished
Post by: lcarroll on July 19, 2021, 12:40:12 PM
   Spectacular Gary, my unreserved compliments on a truly outstanding example of the scale modeller's art! I hope to see this one in real life in future!
Cheers,
Lance
Title: Re: Roden 1/35 Holt Tractor diorama finished
Post by: FokkerFodder on July 19, 2021, 06:28:40 PM
Lovely work all round - I love the subdued tones you achieve - your work has a very distinctive style. Canít wait to see whatís nextÖ the type B? Cheers Matt
Title: Re: Roden 1/35 Holt Tractor diorama finished
Post by: Bughunter on July 20, 2021, 05:50:30 AM
That is not my subject, but I must admit you are a great modeler and artist Gary!
I like the lifelike painting of figures.

Cheers,
Frank
Title: Re: Roden 1/35 Holt Tractor diorama finished
Post by: gbrivio on July 20, 2021, 06:10:57 AM
I subscribe all the enthusiastic comments: a wonderful diorama, everything perfectly finished, painted and placed. Very well done.
Ciao
Giuseppe
Title: Re: Roden 1/35 Holt Tractor diorama finished
Post by: gedmundson on July 20, 2021, 07:15:55 AM
Stellar work! Very inspiring as it makes me want to build something heavy and paint a few figures right away... and I usually don't do either.
/Fredrik
Thanks Fredrik, I always hope to inspire a bit of creativity and adventure in others, so it would be nice if you went out and did just that  ;)
Cheers,
Gary
Title: Re: Roden 1/35 Holt Tractor diorama finished
Post by: gedmundson on July 20, 2021, 07:16:28 AM
Superb!
 ::) ::) ::)

Bob

Thanks for looking in, Bob!
Gary
Title: Re: Roden 1/35 Holt Tractor diorama finished
Post by: gedmundson on July 20, 2021, 07:19:21 AM
Your diorama is an absolute treat Gary, one of the best I think I've seen. Can't wait to see what's next.
Cheers,
Dave.

I'm glad you find it pleasing Dave. I tried to lay it out so that the components added a bit of interest ...instead of having just a Tractor towing the gun & limber in a straight line. My next project will be the MiniArt Military Type B Omnibus (already in the works!).
Gary
Title: Re: Roden 1/35 Holt Tractor diorama finished
Post by: gedmundson on July 20, 2021, 07:22:27 AM
   Spectacular Gary, my unreserved compliments on a truly outstanding example of the scale modeller's art! I hope to see this one in real life in future!
Cheers,
Lance

It will be a pleasure to get together and show you this one, Lance. Marianne and I would look forward to that  :) It's nice to know that the time I spent trying to compose the scene is appreciated by modellers as discerning as yourself.
Cheers,
Gary
Title: Re: Roden 1/35 Holt Tractor diorama finished
Post by: gedmundson on July 20, 2021, 07:25:22 AM
Lovely work all round - I love the subdued tones you achieve - your work has a very distinctive style. Canít wait to see whatís nextÖ the type B? Cheers Matt

That's very kind of you to say, Matt. I sometimes try to break out of my "norms" to create something that looks different...but can't shake the overall appearance of each of my projects. Next time, I'm going for more extreme weathering  8)
Gary
Title: Re: Roden 1/35 Holt Tractor diorama finished
Post by: gedmundson on July 20, 2021, 07:27:45 AM
That is not my subject, but I must admit you are a great modeler and artist Gary!
I like the lifelike painting of figures.

Cheers,
Frank

Thanks Frank - I especially like painting figures! I believe they add so much to a model display, whether it's an aircraft or vehicle.
Cheers,
Gary
Title: Re: Roden 1/35 Holt Tractor diorama finished
Post by: gedmundson on July 20, 2021, 07:30:06 AM
I subscribe all the enthusiastic comments: a wonderful diorama, everything perfectly finished, painted and placed. Very well done.
Ciao
Giuseppe

Thanks Giuseppe. I have appreciated your encouragement throughout this project. It's modellers like yourself that make it worthwhile posting updates  ;)
Cheers,
Gary
Title: Re: Roden 1/35 Holt Tractor diorama finished
Post by: kkarlsen on July 20, 2021, 03:44:10 PM
Wow Gary, just WOW!!!

Kent
Title: Re: Roden 1/35 Holt Tractor diorama finished
Post by: Manni on July 20, 2021, 04:26:38 PM
Wow, Gary! This is awesome. There are so many points to mention in this diorama.... The paint job is brilliant, you have achieved so many different tones of green every detail is highlighted. There are lots of different angles in your layout.
The figures interact with each other and there are many different possibilities what is happening. I look on it and my imagination starts telling me a story. Not to mention the genius way of doing the figures or the bikes. I must say that I think this is the best diorama of this year.
Chapeau, Manni
Title: Re: Roden 1/35 Holt Tractor diorama finished
Post by: Rookie on July 20, 2021, 06:53:35 PM
Oh wow, you nailed it again Gary! This is a true work of art. The figures really come to life. It could just as easy be a still from the actual front! I agree with Manni, your paintwork is superb with al those nuances of green. It all comes together: the poses of the splendidly painted figures, the position  of the tractor and the gun. I can see this diorama also end up in Model Military just like your Mk. VI tank.

I absolutely love your dioramas, the Big Bertha being my favourite. You are the Diorama Master!

Willem
Title: Re: Roden 1/35 Holt Tractor diorama finished
Post by: gedmundson on July 22, 2021, 12:44:53 AM
Wow Gary, just WOW!!!

Kent

Thanks Kent - much appreciated!
Gary
Title: Re: Roden 1/35 Holt Tractor diorama finished
Post by: gedmundson on July 22, 2021, 12:48:29 AM
Wow, Gary! This is awesome. There are so many points to mention in this diorama.... The paint job is brilliant, you have achieved so many different tones of green every detail is highlighted. There are lots of different angles in your layout.
The figures interact with each other and there are many different possibilities what is happening. I look on it and my imagination starts telling me a story. Not to mention the genius way of doing the figures or the bikes. I must say that I think this is the best diorama of this year.
Chapeau, Manni

Thanks for your compliments Manni, it's nice to see that my hours of planning and work have produced something that you find appealing. I seem to be inspired by the feel of some of the photos from WW1, and the one I posted earlier transformed into the result.
Cheers,
Gary
Title: Re: Roden 1/35 Holt Tractor diorama finished
Post by: gedmundson on July 22, 2021, 12:51:39 AM
Oh wow, you nailed it again Gary! This is a true work of art. The figures really come to life. It could just as easy be a still from the actual front! I agree with Manni, your paintwork is superb with al those nuances of green. It all comes together: the poses of the splendidly painted figures, the position  of the tractor and the gun. I can see this diorama also end up in Model Military just like your Mk. VI tank.

I absolutely love your dioramas, the Big Bertha being my favourite. You are the Diorama Master!

Willem

Willem - you flatter me and I'm happy you enjoyed my projects so far. I'm currently writing this one up for a future article in Model Military International and it will be in two parts (first the Tractor, then the rest of it including the diorama).
Cheers,
Gary
Title: Re: Roden 1/35 Holt Tractor diorama finished
Post by: Alexis on July 22, 2021, 02:17:55 AM
I'm really lost for words on the craftsmanship and the skill which went into creating and truly marvelous work of art !


Alexis
Title: Re: Roden 1/35 Holt Tractor diorama finished
Post by: gedmundson on July 24, 2021, 05:01:24 AM
I'm really lost for words on the craftsmanship and the skill which went into creating and truly marvelous work of art !


Alexis

Thanks for that Alexis - your words are very much appreciated!
Cheers,
Gary
Title: Re: Roden 1/35 Holt Tractor diorama finished
Post by: GHE on November 13, 2021, 10:52:02 PM
Dear Ladies and Gents,
Of course I do like ground equipment and WW I tractors are an impressing object.
Sometimes I really like to built a fantasy project " in the style of ".
At the moment I'm merging the Caterpillar Sixty ( Thunder Models ) with Trumpeter's Soviet B-4 WW2 howitzer.
The Cat was issued in 1919 so it's looks still are perfect for the year 1918.
The howitzers carriage back part is added to the Cat , the big wheels used as passive steering device ( see to Mark I tank ).
The B-4 gun itself one day will become a WW IRussian coastal gun.
I'll try to make the wheel arrangement workable since Trumpeter's device was a) not quite correct and b) not movable.
The carriage part will have a lowerable plate to stabilize it in case of uncouplig the limber wheels.
The artillery tractor will be an AEF 1918 tractor for heavy artillery.

beste GrŁŖe, Gunther