Okies, its almost done.
Its not until its put together, that I realise this is just a 1970s kit.
The body sits well on the chassis, but the rest is rubbish.
My kit was also missing the clear plastic parts, for windscreen and lights, but no dramas, battle damage will cover al sins.
The rifle and Thompson? look pretty good, but out of scale one more so.
I think the radio same, too big, but the shovel and axe, if not for ejector marks, are a thing of beauty. They go along the drivers side panel in the grooves you can see.
The RR shells, I guess go in the tray horizontal. I would like some scale figures to ho;d the guns as they are also nice. The 50 cal, is not shown. I had it on the front bumper where the light is now, Im thining when I get a figure, I can prop in on windshield on a sandbag.
The stretcher is too big also for this scale Jeep IMHO just a tad. There is one ammo type box not listed in the two sets of instructions I beklieve it is on the srue from another kit. One other box is shown in instuctions as going between struts of RR, simply doesnt fit there.
The RVM had a horrible EPM in the middle of it that was 90% of ther mirror, suxh a shame, so I just used a bit of sprue, actually will look better than part they made when the sides are painted.
The RR, well the idea was OK, but nothing fits and so much flash apart from the turntable that is molded in another plastic.
They give you a transfer box for the steering column, but it has no hole for it and also two pins with no holes to match, I cut em off and stuck it elsewhere..
I wont go on, as this is a practice model.
When I look at my ASLAV, then I can see 40 years of better toolng at work. So Ive just got used to small parts, glue how to set things and what I always remembered, one part at a time, so boring. But good practice for main build, leave small parts off, let cement set, clean flash properly, sand, think, get better glasses, better brush etc etc.
So what have I really learned with this build wbere quality and skill matched? I think I like planes better, tanks second, everyting else third. I think all the enjoyment, relaxarion is in the painting and decorating whicj Ive never done. I guess thats always been the way, but paints are so expensive.
I know for a fact, house paint, car paint, costs 1.50/l to make and sells for 35.00/l, Wholesale 15.00/l retail 35.00/l. Its just a rip off, 4.50 for 15 mil. Watch this space is all I can say.
Also left over is a heap of chrome parts, nice wheel set if anyone else wants them. Also a nice pair of bucket seats with good belts n grey. Some chrome exhausts and piping, a tail gate, chrome lights. Canvas Jeep roof, and some odds and ends.
I think I left one part off and have a few left to stick on.
I will now paint it all black to cover my mistakes. Then green, then add some brown, make up a few sandbags for hood and bumper and have another look then.
Also need better blades, I seen the difference already.
I think when I can relax and get set up properly, I will be OK, this one, would gave been a lot better if I used less glue. No point trying too hard on this one.
Mud, paint, battle damage, is my friend.
I hope this is the type of info that is wanted here, I dont know.