Monday, 24 February 2014

A 28mm Bobcat


Just the briefest of posts this morning to showcase these photographs that I came across whilst tidying up at the weekend.  This was one of those impulse purchases during the summer months, when one's focus was on all things zombie related.  Sadly it is not eligible to be included in this year's painting challenge as it was started before the commencement date, but great to see it finally finished .


The ride on mower proved to be just that little too big to work comfortably with 28mm miniatures but the digger seemed to be just about spot on.  It was given a simple base with some terrain details added for effect; plenty or rocks, broken pipes and discarded bricks.


Once all had dried, it was given a black undercoat, before I set about painting it up in a more familiar yellow livery.  This is a lovely little model with a moveable bucket and arms and even after the repaint it has managed to retain this feature, giving it plenty of variety to the piece.


Finally a bit of weathering, branding and warning notices just to finish the model off before it was pressed into service by the girls of 'St. Trinians'; building barricades and ultimately proving an immovable force to hold back the shambling hordes. 


65 comments:

  1. Exellent looking Bobcat !!!

    Nice that you keept the mobility of the scoop.

    Best regards Michael

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    1. Thank you Michael, I was delighted that it still worked after all the spraying and painting.

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  2. very good job!
    i like the weathering, you changed a toy in a very detailed model.
    my compliments.
    bye

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  3. Loving this Michael, cracking job sir. Where did you get it?

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    1. Thank you Bob, it was in our local toy shop and I seem to remember quite cheap too. They had a display stand with all sorts of cars and the like in a variety of different scales. I was actually looking for dinosaurs!

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  4. How utterly random and completely awesome!!

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    1. I like to keep you guessing and thank you! ;)

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  5. Thats such a cool bit of terrain Michael! love the classic yellow paint job.

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  6. Excellent work Michael - very useful addition to the St Trinian's arsenal. One presumes that they hotwired it....

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    1. Almost certainly Tamsin, the little devils!

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  7. Wow, first I saw the small picture on my own blog, but now I see this is a Siku model.
    What a cool idea, and turned out better than I would guess!
    My compliments sir, a job well done!

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    1. Thank you very much Remco, it was great fun to do.

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  8. Before I saw the St Searles Girls I had thought it would totally suit them. I was not wrong. There is a film where they are seen driving a brengun carrier so what can I say other than well done a great find and addition to your force.

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    1. Thank you Clint, I think I know exactly which film you mean too. Perhaps I should have mounted a GPMG on the top?

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  9. Excellent conversion paint job; I love the Bobcat and have stated that should I win the lottery I will buy one - along with the requisite real estate and spend many days simply digging and earth moving; sheer bliss.

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    1. Now that sounds like a splendid idea!

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  10. Do not touch?!

    A fine zombie-killing ride Michael - lots of fun.

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    1. They overheat? Not sure really it just seemed to fit. Thank you Phil.

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  11. Lol - my wife Sue had the franchise for Bobcat in the UK back in the early 1990'ies. It was through a construction company we worked for where she was the training manager. Llewellyn - in Eastbourne - thought you would like that. She even went on some of the courses to learn how to drive them.

    Anyway - a thing of beauty my friend. Well done!

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    1. The things you learn, I must bear that in mind when I next need some earth moving done. :D

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  12. That's an absolutely amazing piece of work!

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    1. That is very kind of you to say so, thank you.

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  13. Really nice painting work in the model. Fantastic!

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    1. Thank you, lots of dry brushing was involved.

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  15. Outstanding work on the Bobcat Michael!

    Christopher

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  16. Wonderful weathering! Thumbs up! =)

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  17. Another lovely diecast repurpose Michael. The weathering and base are excellent.

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    1. Thank you Simon, I have to confess they are great fun to do.

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  18. Hola
    Magnifico trabajo de desgates en esas maquinas
    un saludo

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  19. Nicely done Sir Michael. I like anything associated with this project. I'm curious to see if your favourite character will be from The Walking Dead (is that the right name for the programme?)

    Oooh and I loved your Jack the Ripper dio. Everytime I think I've done something really good, you show up and out do me :)

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    1. Thank you Anne, but I am afraid the Walking Dead characters will have to wait until Zomtober! Thank you also for your incredibly kind words on the 'Whitechapel' piece. I put everything into that one, but that might be my lot now!

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  20. Cracking work Michael. The weathering on that little workhorse is superb.

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  21. Another excellent piece Michael, you amaze me with the oddities that find their way to your painting table.

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    1. Thank you Terry, I do like to keep things varied! ;)

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  22. You always get the most out of what you do. A fantastic bit of kit

    Ian

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    1. Thank you Ian, although this one was deceptively easy to do.

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  23. Wow! Beautiful transformation of the vehicle. Any special prep to the plastic before the distressing painting work. Thanks.

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    1. Thank you Jay; not much in the way of prepping other that an black undercoat and worked back from there.

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  24. Outstanding, Michael. The WIP seems to show that you flattened the tires on the vehicle's right side?

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    1. Thank you and well spotted, although it was not as effective as I had hoped. Heated up on a candle and pushed and pulled - just wasn't brave enough to leave it for any length of time.

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  25. Like it!

    The Siku range has some real goodies. I am still in love with their logging harvester, but I have yet to come across a cheap one on eBay.

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    1. Logging harvester - that sounds like fun! These were fortunately very cheap, I shall have to go back and see if they have any more!

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  26. Smashing good work on that bobcat Michael! Very impressive weathering effects!

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    1. Thank you Rodger, that is very kind of you Sir.

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  27. Superbly done, Michael. You've certainly pushed the limits of the original designer's intent for the "toy" - amazing transformation. Best, Dean

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  28. Really nicely painted up!

    Great stuff... I don't seem to have any luck with toys, they are always out of scale when I get them home :>(

    Darrell.

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