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Panda M1235A1 Maxxpro Build/Review & Extra
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Texas, United States
Joined: December 22, 2001
KitMaker: 3,390 posts
Armorama: 2,362 posts
Posted: Monday, February 12, 2018 - 07:48 PM GMT+7
Received the Panda Models M1235A1 Maxxpro today along with the Harris and SINCGAR radio sets and AN/VIC-5 Intercom Set from Mike's MS Productions By Michael Goldberg via Shapeways.

Along with the build/review I will be doing of the Maxxpro, I will also be giving a tutorial which radio is which and how to wire them correctly. I also managed to have an extra FBCB2 screen, keyboard, CPU, DUKE box, and DVE screen in the spares box. These are all missing in the kit.

There is already a video here on Armorama showing the contents of the box, so I won't bore you with all that stuff again and get to the nitty gritty.

Of course we started with STEP 1. Before attaching anything to the main hull floor, part D12, I went ahead and added the non-slip material on the floor. Tamiya tape was used to mask of the area where the coating is supposed to be. Mr. Surfacer was stippled in the exposed areas with a cut down flat brush.

The rack between the drivers and passengers seat was next. The photo etch bent easy and fit well. The HARRIS radio set will be on top and the FBCB2 CPU will be on the bottom of the rack. Panda Models had I don't know what molded on the bottom rack, so I removed it and filled in the hole with thin plastic sheet and Squadron White putty.

On the real vehicle, there is a cable conduit between the drivers and passengers seat and runs along the right of the passengers seat. There is nothing on here between the seats on the Panda kit.

You can see the conduit here on the Branco instructions sheet.

We will add that before we add the seats using plastic stock. I will show that in the next update.

I ended this session with the seats. There is one minor and two major issues with the seats. As far as the seats themselves are concerned, they are nice. The minor issue is that they lack seats belts. I was thinking about using the seat belts from Eduard MRAP set, but those are 3 point harnesses. These are the seat belts for the Maxxpro:

I will use Tamiya tape and plastic stock for these and find something for the buckles.

The two major issues with the seats are that the lack the rope and mesh ratchet system that holds the seats up and the attachment points for the seat belts and seats on the floor.

Here are the seats:

Well, that's it for tonight. Next update will be STEP 2 and after that I will start tackling the COMMS and the issues with the seats.

****NOTE: In my kit, Parts F56x2 where both short shot, but it really didn't hinder the build. I will show a picture in next update.****

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Hauts-de-Seine, France
Joined: October 10, 2005
KitMaker: 361 posts
Armorama: 358 posts
Posted: Monday, February 12, 2018 - 11:09 PM GMT+7
nice start!
i'll follow your thread.
thanks for sharring.
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Joined: February 20, 2012
KitMaker: 1,390 posts
Armorama: 1,375 posts
Posted: Tuesday, February 13, 2018 - 04:55 AM GMT+7
Thank you for sharing.

I like your military strictness, it will be a very interesting built for sure.

I've ordered a kit of this MaxxPro a few days ago, and would like to make it soon if I have the time.

A future set of resin wheels for this kit is listed on DEF Model website.
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California, United States
Joined: July 19, 2015
KitMaker: 545 posts
Armorama: 542 posts
Posted: Tuesday, February 13, 2018 - 07:01 AM GMT+7
Pete, glad to see you're finally doing this. I will be watching closely as I have one waiting to add the Legend TOW turret to. Now I need to find out how all of the TOW electronics are mounted in the MaxxPro.


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Texas, United States
Joined: December 22, 2001
KitMaker: 3,390 posts
Armorama: 2,362 posts
Posted: Tuesday, February 13, 2018 - 07:51 PM GMT+7
Second update with STEP 2.

No issues as far as fit with step 2. The major issue I found here was with the photo etch. A couple of the parts where not etched all the way through in the lower right hand corner, to include Part PE4. I'm not sure if this is just the set in this kit, or in all the first run kits. Careful scoring along the lines of the part helped remove it, just don't use a new blade because it will dull it quick.

Also, Part PE4 did not have any bend lines, so measure the part or use eyeball accuracy to bend it. Plus, glue it to the angled side wall first, then attach the completed rack and glue PE4 to that.

The radio rack and "AC" unit went together well with out any filling needed. One problem here though, there is no option to have the gunners platform in the up position, so you can't add a gunner figure to the model.

The dash board is really nice and detailed. I didn't take a picture of it yet because I wanted to add the FBCB2 screen and keyboard, that is NOT provided in the kit, first. But here is a few pictures of the steering wheel. I will probably add some lines and cables under the dash to the steering wheel column once attached and before i attach the dash to the body.

Lower interior ready for cables and radios. Again, dash and seats are left off for ease of painting and to add missing stuff like seat belts.

STEP 3 has you attaching frame, lower body and upper body together. This is going to have to wait. The interior ceiling has several punch marks to deal with, 3 holes to fill, and is missing a lot of details. This will be done after I am finished with the lower interior., so stay tuned.

That's it for tonight, questions and comments are always welcomed.
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Berlin, Germany
Joined: August 26, 2016
KitMaker: 202 posts
Armorama: 201 posts
Posted: Tuesday, February 13, 2018 - 11:52 PM GMT+7
This looking really nice.. Looking forward to see what you put in the photo etched rack on the second photo and all cables.. How are the radios from shapeways?
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California, United States
Joined: May 14, 2008
KitMaker: 526 posts
Armorama: 338 posts
Posted: Thursday, February 15, 2018 - 03:30 PM GMT+7
Nice start. I don't have any 1/35 Maxxpro kits in my stash yet as I was holding off to see what the new kit will bring for us. So, a must following along for me as I really like this vehicle and want to build one soon. Also, glad you will show us what radio to add and how to wire it correctly