Thanks Ingo and Slavo
@ Slavo - Yes... after a couple negative experiences now with their older reboxed Dragon (armour) kits, I wanted to give them a proper second chance.
I've found that their newly tooled armour kits to be far superior in both molding quality and overall fit, and surprisingly good value for money.
I don't particularly like their plastic mesh either, but found so long as you trim it to size with a pair of scissors (this prevents any tearing and fraying when using a hobby knife) it performs quite well, and can be secured using ordinary plastic glue. Obviously, I'd prefer photo-etch, but that would only increase the price. My advice is to avoid their older reboxed Dragon kits, and stick with their newly tooled stuff.
I struggled quite a bit with this one due to the number of very small parts, and thought that it was a bit over engineered in places. (Honorable mention goes to the cradle for the cupola mounted machine gun, and the loading chute on the back of the turret) But this was mostly due to my poor vision and a lack of dexterity than problems with the kit itself, so I didn't feel the need to whine about it
The two colour schemes provided for in the instructions were both green and quite boring, so I googled for some better looking camouflaged versions for a more interesting looking paint scheme, and in the end I settled on a generic camo scheme roughly based on a profile that I found from the Trumpeter kit.
Overall, it was quite an enjoyable build, and prompted me to pull out this vehicles successor... the 2S35 "Koalitsiya-SV" (also by Zvezda) and I have already made a start on that.
16. September, 19:16