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  • Rich thanks for the nice compliments. I do like your idea of the ripped seat; I'll have to see
    what I can come up with. If you pick up on something I've done and can use it, then by all
    means have at it.

    Mike thanks for stopping by and having a look see.
    Owner, General Manager, and all around "chief cook and bottle washer" of the Caz Coal-and-Wood Railroad

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    • Great looking tractor Larry. Should be a nice addition and make a nice little mini-scene.
      Maybe just add some track indentations in the ground leading up to it.

      Really enjoying your superb work.
      Regards Rob

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      • Larry, I like the crawler. Adding a little wear on the treads might match the weathering. Nice job. ~mike

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        • Rob thank you and thanks for the suggestion with the tread marks, I'll have to see what I can do.

          Mike thank you, much appreciated. Adding wear you say....hmmmmm.
          Owner, General Manager, and all around "chief cook and bottle washer" of the Caz Coal-and-Wood Railroad

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          • Larry, I too like the crawler, nice addition to the scene.


            Louis L&R Western Railroad
            Pacific Northwest Logging in the East Coast

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            • Originally posted by Larryc View Post
              Rob thank you and thanks for the suggestion with the tread marks, I'll have to see what I can do.
              Larry, my thought would be to re-wet your ground scenery where you want the crawler treads, and push the crawler down along the path you want thread marks. When the re-wet-glue dries you will have your tread marks. Just my 2 cents worth here.


              Louis L&R Western Railroad
              Pacific Northwest Logging in the East Coast

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              • Louis thank you. Great suggestion for the treads; I wasn't sure how to go about getting the tread marks.
                I'll give it a whirl and see what happens, thanks.
                Owner, General Manager, and all around "chief cook and bottle washer" of the Caz Coal-and-Wood Railroad

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                • k9wrangler
                  k9wrangler commented
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                  If the crawler treads don’t move, maybe you could pick the machine up and use it like a stamp to put in track marks. I like the wear idea, chunks of mud in treads and idler wheels

              • Originally posted by Larryc View Post
                Adding wear you say....hmmmmm.
                Dry brush steel color on the edges of the track. ~mike

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                • Mike and Karl thanks for the suggestions; both may work quite nicely.
                  Owner, General Manager, and all around "chief cook and bottle washer" of the Caz Coal-and-Wood Railroad

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                  • Since I've had some great suggestions for the crawler, here's an update of what I've done:

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                    I dry brushed some gun metal paint on the track edges to show more wear to match the rest of the weathering.

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                    Here I've added a torn seat cushion which was a nice detail. Cut a very small piece of printer paper and fitted it to the seat
                    cushion. Colored it with brown chalk then used a very sharp knife made the tear and pulled it up a little. This was then
                    glued to the seat.

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                    Here is my attempt at making "track marks" in the dirt. I'm not sure how successful I was but I hope it gives the idea anyway.
                    I also humped up the dirt in between the tracks and added more grass in the middle to make it appear to have sunken down
                    in the dirt due to the wight of the machine.

                    Next up is to start work on the hill section then go back and add lots more details the the flat part. That way hopefully
                    nothing gets broken; at least that's the plan. As always thanks for having a look see.
                    Owner, General Manager, and all around "chief cook and bottle washer" of the Caz Coal-and-Wood Railroad

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                    • Larry, I think you have captured the look of a well used, but not tired tractor. Nice work. ~mike

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                      • Mike thank you so much and thanks for the suggestions as well.
                        Owner, General Manager, and all around "chief cook and bottle washer" of the Caz Coal-and-Wood Railroad

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                        • The additional work on the tractor look good.
                          I should have suggested this earlier, but didn't and probably should be done before adding the chalks.
                          I would have created a VERY THIN wash of black acrylic paint and flowed it over the entire tractor.
                          You would need to add a few coats to get the desired results and that is why you use a very dilute wash.
                          What it does is make all the details stand out and gives the look of grime accumulated over time.
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                          • Cool crawler Larry! I'd hate to crank that.
                            Philip

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                            • Rick thanks for the suggestion. Since I haven't fixed the Crawler to the diorama yet I think
                              I may give it a go. I can always redo the chalks since it doesn't take that long.

                              Philip thank you. Ya I think you'd need a very beefy guy to crank that puppy over.
                              Owner, General Manager, and all around "chief cook and bottle washer" of the Caz Coal-and-Wood Railroad

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