Friday, March 10

Miniart offers a new combination of dozers to make their new armoured bulldozer

MiniArt has combined two of their previously released 35th scale bulldozers to make their latest in the line of armoured bulldozers for modellers. This new kit comes with four new colour schemes and a combination of parts to make the new variant. Read about it in our preview...

Miniart offers a new combination of dozers to make their new armoured  bulldozer

U.S. Armored Bulldozer
From Miniart Models
Kit No #35403
1/35th scale
Injection moulded kit
The subject: The Armoured Bulldozer in US service in WWII.
The Caterpillar D7 series medium bulldozer began service with the U.S. military during World War II. Its primary role is earth moving, but it was used in a host of other roles e.g. mine clearing with a special flail adapter kit and in this case – an armoured dozer with protected cab for the driver.

An armoured  D7 bulldozer from 237 1st engineering battalion 1 United States clearing the road of this German tank Pz. Kpfw. VI Ausf. (B) "Royal Tiger" in the District of Osterode Germany on the 12th April 1945. 
The dozer was the primary earth mover for construction of survivability positions and antitank ditches. It had to be transported by trailer due to its poor mobility. During WW II, the D7 was one of the bulldozers collectively known as "Tractor, Heavy, M1." Equivalent tractors were produced during WW II by Allis-Chalmers Co. (Model HD10W, G-98) and International Harvester Co. (Model TD18, G-101). About one thousand Caterpillar D7s were also produced by American Car & Foundry under license when WW II military orders exceeded Caterpillar's capacity.
An armoured dozer with a similar bar over the top steering the blade in service in Italy...

This combination to make a new bulldozer for MiniArt:
This new kit from MiniArt is a combination of their previously released parts from their Armoured Bulldozer #35188 and the blade construction in the #38022 kit.
This kit includes:
Clear plastic parts
Workable track links
Fully detailed engine compartment and chassis
Photo-etched parts are included. as well as a new decal sheet.
An all-newdecal sheet for four painting options