One of the highlights of the modelling world in 2013, was the summer release of the D9R Bulldozer by Meng. They hit the sweet spot with that model, since tractors, bulldozers and similar supporting vehicles are of great importance in the modern military. Besides, it is an interesting subject for many modelers, considering that one tractor in rarely cleaned and weathering can be pretty heavy and diverse.
Meng Models released version which includes two different IDF subjects and one US. The IDF armor is very popular nowadays, and knowing that D9R has different add ons and was used in 2006 Lebanon War, the made one hell-of-a star for modelers.
The thing that got me when I first opened the instruction sheet,
was the interior. Very neat, but along with that, hard to be done. And, together with that, so many windows….
I closed the box and decided to wait for a manufacturer who will make masks for the thing. I didn’t want to mask by hand, or, ruin such a great model.
However, the itch was so nasty, that I finally decided to engineer the masks by myself. So I used some tricks to get the size of the window, and for my relief, all the windows were the same shape and size.
So after a try-out with the windows I will not use for my build – the model comes with two sets, blue and white windows – I found out that masks are great and could be of a great help to anybody who builds a D9 Doobi bulldozer.
So I sent couple to some IDF modelers around the world, and once I got positive reactions, I decided to put them on the market.
I sell those on eBay for around $15 with Worldwide shipping included in that price. The kit contains
more window masks then needed, in case you don’t fit it right, or you mess some in the process of applying.
The good thing about the layer of tape used for this particular masks is, that it can be used more then once, and you can even use it for the interior. Anyway, they are made for the exterior painting, and I think they come at fair price, having in mind the price of the kit itself.
Applying is not any different then applying masks from other companies. I even might say it is easier, since the tape is kinda thin and flexible. It won’t stick hard, nor it won’t fell by itself. Windows are many though, so prepare to spend some time masking…
If you are interested, please email me, I would be happy to answer your questions!
Here’s some pictures of the first Doobi that I build. Now a part of a private collection in Pennsylvania, USA.
It’s 90% finished here, but the result of the masking is clearly visible: