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LF3D016 MCTAGS Turret w/RS Cover
Epi
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Joined: December 22, 2001
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Posted: Friday, February 23, 2018 - 01:14 PM UTC
First time i get to review Legend Productions stuff and I tell you, this 3D stuff is very impressive. I've bought some of their stowage sets and their stuff is top notch.

With all this hoop la over 3D printing and casting, I guess Legand wanted to run in the race. Boy did they come out the gate in a sprint! This is their 3rd turret set, with their 1st and 2nd beinn the TOW turret for the MRAP and Hummer.





Real thing on top of Couger 6x6:



I would have thought that the pour blocks would have been a bear to cut off, but something about the resin they use and of course where the blocks attached to the part, made it very easy to remove them. A brand new, very sharp X-Acto knife made ease of taking of the pour blocks.

I started off choosing the .50 Cal and assembling it. I chose the M2A1 with new type flash hider, Surfire Hellfighter Heavy Gun Light, and AN/PAS-13B because it looked beefier.

You had to be carefull cutting the flas out from arounf the .50 CAL's hand grips and the hadle for Surefire light. I also had to re-drill out the holes around the barrel and the barrel mount to make them have more depth. Other than that, the machine gun went together with out problems.









Next was to put the turret walls together on top of the turret ring. Legend was clever enough to add these little "dimples" and "intentions" on their parts to match them together and glue them right. Again, the pour blocks where very easy to remove and parts easy to clean up.There was no problem with fit and no putty needed to be used.







That's it for tonight.
leopard122
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Posted: Friday, February 23, 2018 - 05:27 PM UTC
The turret looks really nice.. I wish they will release the turret with upfolded rs cover...
Epi
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Posted: Tuesday, February 27, 2018 - 09:52 AM UTC
Up next is the gun cradle and front shield. Here is were some care in removing the parts from the pour blocks need to be used. Most of the parts are small and very fragile. Legend Productions provided clear windows and solid grey resin windows in the kit.



I chose the clear windows and masked them with Tamiya tape.

The parts went together well, but I did have issues with the center rails, and components that mount to them, on the gun shield. As you can see from the picture, one of the rails is crooked, therefore everything on the shield looks lop sided. I am pretty sure it was my mistake in gluing and not Legends fault in the pieces. So attention is needed when gluing the rails to the mount and the windows to the rails.











Next update will be adding the mount to the turret and more details inside the turret.
Epi
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Posted: Thursday, March 08, 2018 - 04:27 AM UTC
Just about finished with this one, just some touch up painting is needed. Final pictures will be submitted with review article.



You have to cut about a 1/4 of an in of the top of the hatch in order for it to fit while the turret sun cover is on or you don't cut and leave the cover off. I would have molded the sun cover to fit the hatch so that way you didn't have to cut anything. But to be fair, you can't see the cut at all under the cover.





The .50 Cal links are very nice and are molded to fit right in to the can. You just have to measure the link and carefully cut.

****NOTE: Leave of the Sure Fire light on the barrel till after you attach the >50 to the cradle. It will not go through the shield with it on.****







Last was the addition to a piece of thin lead wire to simulate the motor control cable that runs between the turret motor and the control box. Not shown, but will be in the final pictures is the battery connection cable that connect to the bottom of the control box. This will be added before final picture and will be noted in article.

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Posted: Thursday, March 08, 2018 - 05:00 AM UTC
Thank you for sharing. This turret set looks good. Have you ever built a Live Resin MCTAGS ?
Epi
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Posted: Thursday, March 08, 2018 - 05:45 AM UTC
No Alex, this is the first after market turret I've had the pleasure to build and review.
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Posted: Thursday, March 08, 2018 - 07:33 AM UTC
I've put together the Live-Resin MCTAGS for a review. It goes together easily and has very fine detail. It looks like Peter Samofalov corrected some minor issues with this release. I also think the folds in the cover really look amazing. The price of this one is killing me though. It is over $40 on eBay. That more than an Academy M1151 to mount it on! I want to buy one but will wait to see if I can get one cheaper.

Regards,

Eric
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Posted: Thursday, March 29, 2018 - 12:35 AM UTC
Pete, thanks for the very detailed review!
Your excellent skills in modeling make the review particularly interesting and useful!