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M8 AGS - Panda
ccordoba7141
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New York, United States
Joined: February 25, 2018
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Posted: Saturday, March 23, 2019 - 04:39 AM UTC
Saturday morning and just received my M8-AGS from Panda. Looking through the box and I find something...let's say unconventional (at least in my experience). The turret ring has three clips that clip into the hull....permanently. In other words, unless you do some cutting and filing, once you put the turret onto the hull, it's not coming off. This is my first Panda kit, so wondering if this is standard for them.
27-1025
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Posted: Saturday, March 23, 2019 - 04:58 AM UTC
The turret rings on their M1 & M1IP also have that feature. With a gentle touch you can wiggle the turret free without damaging it.
Havoc
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Posted: Saturday, March 23, 2019 - 05:06 AM UTC
Heya, Carlos,

I've got the Panda Kuraganets 25 IFV and it is the same system --- I have heard from other modelers that they do this on other kits, too.

My plan is to clip off one of the three pins and then carve two notches into the turret ring so that I can remove the turret when needed.

Hope this helps!

With Regards and Aloha,

Johnny B.
JmeDubya
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Posted: Saturday, March 23, 2019 - 05:07 AM UTC
Same with their new Stryker Dragoon. Seems to work fine, turret comes off no problem
ccordoba7141
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Posted: Saturday, March 23, 2019 - 06:05 AM UTC
Johnny....thanks. I was thinking the same, carving out the three notches, buy your suggestion makes more sense....break one off then carve just two notches......
Epi
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Posted: Saturday, March 23, 2019 - 06:34 AM UTC
Carlos, I did a review of the kit.

M8 Review
ccordoba7141
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Posted: Saturday, March 23, 2019 - 04:50 PM UTC
Thanks Pete. This will be very helpful.