CW4 Clyne and MSG Witmer stand in front of a D9 bulldozer
CAMP GANNON, Iraq (Nov. 06, 2005) — Chief Warrant Officer 4 Alan J. Clyne (left), commanding officer of maintenance detachment, and Master Sgt. Scott E. Witmer, maintenance detachment operations chief, both with Combat Logistics Battalion 2, 2nd Marine Logistics Group (Forward), stand in front of the D9 bulldozer they used to clear a path to safety to stranded Marines during Operation Steel Curtain. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Josh H. Hauser)(Released)

Really. Digging in with Meng’s 1:35 Scale armored Caterpillar D9R. The Fujimi Porsche 917K took me too far down the rabbit hole into fiddly-land. Frustrated with small plastic struts, vague attachment points and fractal decals, my modeling mojo had fled. Then, Sprue Brothers came to the rescue with a 20% sale and I quickly popped for the “Doobie” as the D9R is often called. Not the kind of doobie we have here in Colorado, but that’s a different tale.

No wings, rigging, spindly landing gear and precious few decals, the chunky earth pig seems just the thing to get down and dirty with modeling. Mojo is happy and I am so far happy with Meng’s offering. Excellent detail and mounding. Mostly solid and precise fit.

This thing has spruces “A” through “T”. My system was to open each bag, outline the sprue identifier letter with a sharpie then lean them upright in the box in alphabetical order. Makes finding the right sprue so much easier.

I will post updates as the build continues, and especially when I start the weathering, wear and damage effects part. Suggestions are welcome.