Second-hand kit from an estate - looked to be complete, and in reasonable condition, so, hey, let's give it a try..........(heard that line before...)
Random sections have been started in no particular order, meaning that a lot of work-around and revision had to be devised & built
Front axle stubs - 3 sized pipes: Smallest drilled and glued into the "nut" ; mid-size to strengthen the "nut"; larger size as the stub axle fitting over the plastic, and allowing the "nut" to be glued inside it, after the wheel was mounted.
The exhaust pipes wouldn't meet with the exhaust stacks on the engine - cut 'em off, drill 'em out, replace with the appropriately angled brass rod. - Lots of minute bending, test fit, more bending, test fit.......gotcha!
I cut the right hand double-door in half, then spent over an hour cutting and scraping and trimming etc to get that one door to fit in the CLOSED position nicely. I had decided to mount all other doors OPEN.
In order to mount them OPEN, I had to cut the barrel of each hinge down the middle, then introduce another 45degrees so that they had the right bend in them. Got the angle OK on the Left hand doors, they will just fit inside the rear utility tray side. Phew!)
Whilst doing the hinges on the upper right-hand door, I thought I'd play with the flip-cap for the rifle/sight opening. It is fully molded on the inside, so all I had to do was make a suitable cover out of some spare PE, then glue that in the OPEN position.
Another flaw in the instructions is that there's no ORDER in which to install things, and als very unclear images of the assembled part(s) in later use. Whilst doing some test fitting with the above doors I realised that the chassis has to tongue through the rear utility assembly. Some adjustment of the space here was necessary - about 0.3mm to shave off.
Detail shot of the radiator properly in place, together with the radiator armour. Again the vague instructions, and some inaccurate moldings caused some concern. I ended up re-trimming the bottom mount of the shields, and then glueing that to the radiator front & the chassis for a solid structure.
Looks like the lenses in this kit have gone elsewhere!!
Out with the RP Toolz Punch & Die set (2.6mm) & Shadow Hobby Thinnerline circle cutter for the 6.4mm - Used the top of a blister pack as the source.
Rear mudguard attached to running board & utility tray - a pretty good fit. Similarly, front mudguard installed with 2 key-in points on chassis, and underneath leading end of running board. Quite a bit of fine preparation required for the chassis mount slots, but the end result is quite solid.
Turret off inspection: There are 4 rifles supplied in the kit, but they're too long to stand upright as the instructions specify, and they'd foul on the turret rotation too. So I decided to make up some brackets to hang them on the wall.
ADF Decalling completed - by the way, the Roden Decals are shocking, with a couple of the larger ones I wanted to use just falling apart. Pinched some of my Red Roo stash, and spare from my Leopard RV.
Alex K Following too... This will be a great help when I start its 1/72 cadet sibling... Are you going for the Irish ARR2 "Sliabh na mBan"?
21. August, 19:17
Roger Trewenack I built this for a bit of fun while getting back into the hobby - probably going to make this a "What if?" Australian version - dont think it ever got to Australia! Might get some decals on it in the next day or so. Glad you like it!