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D9R Armored Bulldozer
CMOT
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Posted: Thursday, May 01, 2014 - 12:47 AM UTC
Todd Michalak shares with us a feature covering both the building and finishing of the Meng Model D9R Armored Bulldozer

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If you have comments or questions please post them here.

Thanks!
Maki
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Posted: Thursday, May 01, 2014 - 02:10 AM UTC
I was following the build and I have to say I'm glad it was turned into a homepage feature as well. Amazing work all around, Todd. Well done!

Cheers,
Mario
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Posted: Thursday, May 01, 2014 - 02:12 AM UTC
Engineering vehicles are possibly the most interesting of the tracked family and this one is no exception. Excellent work, well done.

Al
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Posted: Thursday, May 01, 2014 - 02:26 AM UTC
Very lovely work. Is the stowage from the kit, or AM? The crates look like Value Gear's crates.
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Posted: Thursday, May 01, 2014 - 03:44 AM UTC
Finally! I was wondering wen this would be finished. Great job as always, sir
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Posted: Thursday, May 01, 2014 - 04:21 AM UTC
Mario - Thank you Sir!! I am happy you were along for the ride!!

Allen - Thank you!! These types of vehicles do lend themselves to some interesting weathering don't they?!!

Bill - Thank you! The stowage on this one is actually BlackDog from their IDF Stowage set. This was only about 1/10 of what comes in the set too...so more to use later on!!

Conor - Thanks buddy!! I know it took a while but definitely fun to work on!!
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Posted: Thursday, May 01, 2014 - 03:36 PM UTC
I don't think it's really a model; he just took photos of the real thing and edited out the background! Fantastic!

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Posted: Thursday, May 01, 2014 - 03:43 PM UTC
Very nice compliment...thanks Mark!!
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Posted: Thursday, May 01, 2014 - 08:10 PM UTC
Of course, your WIP photos completely disprove my theory, but it's a phenomenal piece of work

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Posted: Friday, May 02, 2014 - 02:33 AM UTC
The deft use of the sand clinging to the dozer is very realistic!
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Posted: Friday, May 02, 2014 - 02:50 AM UTC
Thanks again Mark!! Sorry to disband any "theories" there were!!

Thanks Bill! Aside form the numerous pictures of these things completely covered in dust there are plenty of interesting shots where the sandy mess seems to collect in a few spots leaving the rest, well...not. I was looking at some pics of these in the Golan Heights and the dark brown mud was very enticing... Maybe next time!!
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Posted: Monday, July 20, 2015 - 07:43 PM UTC
Todd,
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Posted: Monday, July 20, 2015 - 07:46 PM UTC
Sorry about that. I have a question. In step 5 there is a some small/big screws in spruce A that needs to cut in a different way, but where those screws goes to? The instructions doesn't specified where. I think there is another step that mention the same thing. Any help? Thanks!
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Posted: Monday, July 20, 2015 - 08:30 PM UTC
Hello Jose,

Yeah, the instructions are a bit shady in that section. In step 5 there is to small graphics at the top...one square and one round....the square one is correct, the round is not. The bolt heads are to be installed on the backside of the cylinders...facing the ripper. there are two different sizes.

In this picture you can see where they go. I found it easier to make my own bolt heads, this is why they are white in the picture.



Also, I added some bolt heads to the large piston for the dozer blade! Hope this helps....have fun!!
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Posted: Tuesday, July 21, 2015 - 07:48 PM UTC
Thanks for the tip! I assumed that is the same procedure for step 37 also. Can't wait till painting, but I'm little concern about the tracks when I get to that step.
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Posted: Wednesday, July 22, 2015 - 02:54 AM UTC
How did you make the bolts? You right! Was hard for me to cut a nice one.
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Posted: Thursday, July 23, 2015 - 02:32 AM UTC
In step 26 Tracks assembly, parts A5 and A6 is state use to finish the whole track. What they mean about that? I didn't see those parts in your pics unless you painted them black after finished the track. Also, do I supposed to punch a hole in part C2 to connect the link with C1?
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Posted: Saturday, July 25, 2015 - 03:10 AM UTC
Hello Jose,

Sorry for the delay. I am away at the IPMS Nationals in Ohio.

The bolt heads were made using the RP TOOLZ Hexagonal punch and die set.

As for the tracks, the written English in the instructions is a bit off. I have to assume they were meaning you need to finish the construction of the tracks. They are not too bad once you get going. No, you do not need to punch anything out. If you take the side with the post on it and lay it down so the post is sticking up, slide the next link over the post and attach the non-posted link to the top of the post via thin cement or CA. I put a tiny drop with a small paint brush on top of the post carefully and then place the small flat link on...the open end will slide down over the next post.....and so forth. I would go out about 10 links and then set that aside to dry and start another run.

When I finished the 10, then I would put the track pads on after letting them sit for maybe 10 or 15 minutes.

If don correctly...and the glue is on top of the post the links will be working. Like I said...it get easier once you start.

Best of luck!