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Posted: Sunday, March 02, 2014 - 08:59 PM UTC
Peter Hlavka shares with us his thoughts on the Mirror Models Diamond T969A.

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M4A1Sherman
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Posted: Monday, March 03, 2014 - 03:26 AM UTC

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Peter Hlavka shares with us his thoughts on the Mirror Models Diamond T969A.

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The "omission" of a canvas top for the rear section of a Wrecker shouldn't be regarded as critical- I don't remember ever seeing a photo of a WWII US Wrecker with a tarp over the Boom, even in inclement weather. That doesn't mean that it never happened...

I DO take issue however, with the omissions of cargo bed tarps in the TAMIYA and TESTORS/ITALERI (ex-PEERLESS MAX) GMC CCKW 353 Cargo Truck kits. Only HELLER has ever included such a tarp in their CCKW 353 kits, and MONOGRAM/REVELL included one in their ancient M35 "Eager Beaver" kits...

Hopefully, the up-coming HOBBY BOSS GMC CCKW 352 SWB "Jimmy" will include a "canvas" tarp. With today's CAD engineering and slide-mold technology, this isn't an unreasonable request...
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Posted: Monday, March 03, 2014 - 03:37 AM UTC
The part that I'm talking about is the canvas top that goes over the Cab like is pictured on the box art, of which there are many photos with it on. And I totally agree with you about the cargo bed tarps on the Tamiya and other kits that should have them.
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Posted: Monday, March 03, 2014 - 10:04 AM UTC
It's odd that your example didn't have any photo etch because mine did, and I don't mean the LZ Models set. Parts such as the engine fan and storage trays in the rear are included on the sheet and called out in the instructions. I've put in around 45 hours on mine and have it about 95 percent of construction completed, and I can say it's a very well detailed build so long as you're patient and don't rush things.
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Posted: Monday, March 03, 2014 - 04:37 PM UTC
Really? That's interesting. There wasn't any photo etch included in my kit at all. Going to have to contact mirror models
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Posted: Sunday, March 09, 2014 - 02:14 AM UTC

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The part that I'm talking about is the canvas top that goes over the Cab like is pictured on the box art, of which there are many photos with it on. And I totally agree with you about the cargo bed tarps on the Tamiya and other kits that should have them.



Hi, Peter! I didn't realize that this kit didn't include a canvas top for the cab included. How hard would it have been to mold one of these? It's possible that they may have tried to, but didn't come up with satisfactory results..?
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Posted: Tuesday, March 11, 2014 - 01:03 AM UTC
I'm not too sure how hard it would be to mold one, but I do believe that there is a thread on here that sort of explains why they didn't add the top. They do often have extra parts for other kits of theirs available from the aftermarket co.