Hmmmm. Easy fixes? I haven't gotten mine yet but just looking at yours I can see some easy and some not so easy. For example the Transmission cover under the fire extinguisher and the T-case cover look like they are the wrong shape and size as well as the T-case dipstick is missing. Are these molded into the floor? Next the small step under the cupola that runs off the Transmission cover across to the left is not represented. The bolts on the the seat head rests aren't flush or "countersunk". Then there is the front foot wells. They appear to stick out from the hull and what is with the rivets? Lastly before I get shot down, the lifting eyes on either side of the bonnet are the wrong style. They should be more flat like the rear ones. So like I said some easy fixes and some not so. It has the shape and looks like a Bushmaster so we should be thankful I suppose.
But I wasn't going to say anything as I know your trying to do this as an OOB build with as little correcting as possible just so we can see how this kit falls together and the pitfalls, of which you are doing a wonderful job of. Plus I really don't know much about the Bushmaster.
IM trying to do OOB, but its goes against my nature.
I need to say this - I want this kit to be a success, I want it to sell well and see lots of built models and dioramas, I want the aftermarket companies to go to town on it with photo etch and resin update, decal options and MASKS. I want this because its how we as model builders can express our appreciation to SMA for making this wish a reality. Otherwise we would be enviously watching Boggie build his Bushy from scratch. Also if it is a "success" how ever that is measured, SMA may follow up with two moder armour releases. I will throw my eagle eyed guess out there to say the two "coming soon/secret" panels on the side of the Bushy box are - the Flat bed bushy , and either the dual cab bushy or another version like ambo/command/fitters.. etc ANd we all would like some options yeah ? so I want to encourage with my critique, and make sure all my comments are factual or constructive. As this is one of the first build logs, ALong with Sams, if we pick the crap out of it we may turn off some people - look at how the ride height issue got such attention - and it turned out to not even be an issue! Along the way losing some valuable people who's experience would of been most welcome (QOTD123 please read your inbox)
However, We cant pretend the kit is something it is not if there are problems. Especially if we want to have some credibility in our critique.
And as you highlighted , and as I have been pointing out, there are most definitely issues and problems but what kit doesnt? look at the amount of effort required to "correct" the Trumpy ASLAV? I wouild say this kit is on par in effort - but not to correct inaccuracies as such, just effort to build from very basic kit. What would an impartial kit reviewer say - terry Ashley for example over at PMMS does great reviews, and things like bad moulding, flash, mould slip, sprue lugs, punch holes, innacuracy and construction design, plus instructions and decals all get a very solid look in, and I dont think this kit will get much positive s in those areas. At the end of the build I will summarise a few of the issues. And As I am not technically familiar with the real vehicle, will constrain where possible my comments to the model.
Any comments of technical design type nature about accuracy are most welcome - because someone else using this blog to accurise their kit might find such info useful. bring it on baby! I have spotted some unusual things - and not talking about missing detail - that can be scratched or added, but rather the reference pics just not looking like the model - the passenger dash for example I know somethings not right there..
Anyways, plodding along. This kit will definitely be a crowd pleaser at the show.. Alot of Australians like the Bushy - it's forever in the newspaper, almost every couple of days something about it and it gets positive reviews. So there is a natural infinity for it. That enthusiasm for the kit however might trap some novices into trying to build one to find they dont have the basic skills to handle the issues they face that are certainly challenging to the more esperienced. I predict alot of half buit kits never being finished, or alot of kits with blacked out windows..
Changing something like a T cover for example is aftermarket bread and butter - simple block mould cheap and easy to produce. the customer just needing a razor saw to remove the offending component.. those fixes will come , I am sure of it, but we need them pointed out.
Terry Ashley's review (if he does one), Same with Jason Miller (if he does one) if they are as thorough as their previous reviews will be well worth reading. Jasons ASLAV review is just phenomenal in its technical critique, and I must of read it a dozen times by now.