Okay, construction done. Just a wash down and then on to painting.
Meng A39 Tortoise Heavy Assault Tank
The vehicle out of the box represents Protoype 2, having the smoke dischargers and lacking the hatch on the side of the hull that was present on prototypes after this one.
Not sure about the jerry can holder, as there are very few pics of the Tortoise from the rear and those that do show none, but they are not P2. Went with it any way (it is on the Bovington example). Added detail from brass strip and spares.
Casting numbers from Archer Decals. Barrel is RB Model. Will use RB Besa barrels if they get here in time.
Added texture to the rotating turret as it is smooth in the kit. Also needed to use Putty and glue to repair texture lost during cleanup of mould lines,after relocating the front tow hooks and adding the rear hull panel. There are a few bolts added, either missing or too small on the kit.
Replaced the wiring in the kit, very fine and hard to get the seam line off the parts without breaking them, although 2 were already broken in the box. Also added the missing cables to the front lights, why all others but not these? - probably because the tow hooks are the wrong shape and are located way too far forward and the shape the wires would have to be to get around them would be very noticably wrong.
Also reworked the exhaust pipes and mounts which are just the housings and a tube in the kit, not the bolted flange, etc.
Brass rod used to repalace grab handles and weld seams added to the exhaust cylinder.