To repeat, my intention is to backdate the Tamiya Komatsu G40 Bulldozer to look like a generic copy of the Caterpillar 45 Tractor.

The Tamiya Komatsu G40 is on top .. with the lube chart for the Caterpillar 45 tractor on the bottom.

Since the Japanese copied the Best 30, my copying the Caterpillar 45 by backdating the Komatsu G40 .. makes me happy.

Remove blade

The Caterpillar 45 Tractor does not have a blade so the first thing would be to remove that from the model. Here, I have colored that bit in red.

Blade Removed

Via the “magic” of Paint Shop Pro we now have a Komatsu G40 “Tractor”. In “Real Life” any attachment points on the model left from not using the blade will have to be filled but .. hey .. that’s part of the process.

Move Seat

The position of the seat to the rear of the Caterpillar 45 Tractor is interesting. I suppose that using the vehicle as a Tractor was part of the reason. In any case, this is a major visual that simply jumps out and needs to be addressed. The controls of course will also be moved.

Seat Moved

Obviously it is more difficult doing this on a model then moving bits around in a drawing probram. Just how the frame will be created that the seat etc. attached to will need addressing .. but for now .. lets just make pretty pictures.