LT-5 Beetle

The LT-5 Beetle is an original design from the Junk Tank Rock series. JTR is an obscure series of garage resin kits that were released in 2009-09. This is my fifth JTR kit and my second build of the LT-5 version.


Comprising only around 25 parts, the LT-5 was a simple to build. The model is called out as 1/35 scale but like the prior LT-5 Kncka, I turned it into 1/48 scale to better fit a figure. I acquired this kit second hand and it was missing a couple of pieces. I scratch built the missing rear pod and added a few missing details. The kit is molded solid so I took a dremel and cored out an area to insert the commander figure. The hatch is from a 1/48 Hobby Boss T-34 as are a few other detail parts scattered around the build.

The model was painted with Tamiya acrylics and weathered with oils, enamels and pigments. I kept the weathering lighter this time since it was operating in an urban environment.

The base is a block of MDF with .06" thick styrene sides. The paver stones are made from pink foam and the debris is a combination of carved foam bricks, sand, gravel and a few 1/48 accessories I've had for ages. I painted everything with acrylics and weathered with the usual oils, enamels and pigments.

 

 

The box and kit contents.

 

 

The basic build.

 

 

Primer

 

 

Basic Paint

 

 

Paint and Figure

 

 

Markings and initial weathering

 

 

Base detail