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US Army Mechanic Cleaning Track Kit

LZ Models 1/35 US Army Mechanic Cleaning Track Kit First Look

By Michael Benolkin

Date of Review June 2015 Manufacturer LZ Models
Subject US Army Mechanic Cleaning Track Scale 1/35
Kit Number 35913 Primary Media Resin
Pros Adds life to your favorite D7 bulldozer model Cons See text
Skill Level Intermediate MSRP (USD) $15.95

First Look

With the recent release of not one, but two Caterpillar D7 bulldozer kits circa WWII, it is nice to see some figures produced to help bring these kits to life. LZ Models has released several figures including a driver/operator and two mechanic figures. Let's take a look:

US Army Mechanic Cleaning Track Kit

This figure represents (according to the package) a US Army mechanic clearing mud out of the dozer's tracks. The figure is cast in gray or tan resin (both in this case) and consists of five parts: torso, head, left and right arms, and shovel spade. The detailing is nicely sculpted and will make painting of the figure very straightforward. You can check your references, but I've not seen US Army mechanics wearing farmer-styled bib overalls as shown here. Those guys usually wore the utility uniform (or portions thereof depending on temperature) or if the work was really messy, coveralls. If you're building a D7 in non-US service, this figure might be better suited.

In any case, with MiniArt and Mirror Models releasing WWII-era D7 bulldozer kits, it is nice to see some figure options available.

My sincere thanks to Stevens International for this review sample!