Decided to do a step by step build mainly for tips and tricks, as a returning modeller recently from a 20 year absence their is alot for me to learn! (what do you mean "wash" it's not dirty!?)
So here goes......
Man these kits have alot of stuff, Photo Etch, Aluminium Barrel,....this kit only cost me $40.00 Canadian last Saturday (maybe because I was in uniform on Remembrance Day )
For steps one and two everything went as well as 32 road wheels, 16 return roller, 2 drive sprockets and idler wheels can! The road wheels had a molding seam around them that had to be removed resulting in a minor case of roadwheelalitus of the hands. Then the hub caps had to go on. Being very thin i used cuticle scizzors and some very delicate filing with a jewelers file. On the front of the hull there are two pieces (B1 and B2) that fit under the final drives which had some minor pin marks which had to be filled along with the attachment seam.
When attaching the return rollers the anchor provided is just a thin shaft into the hull support, the weight of the rollers when glued together posed a problem so what i did was glue the inner one on first by itself, wait for it to set-up and then glue on the outer. Using the C1A1 eyeball they turned out pretty straight.
The fit of the upper hull pieces went together fairly well with only a little putty on the top seam and rear bulkhead required. When dry fitting the fenders I noticed that the gap between it and the first return roller was rather small. I might just leave off the fenders 'till after the tracks are installed to make life a little easier. I'm leaving al the road wheels and sprockets off 'till after paint before the weathering starts. I think that I will keep the weathering down to a minimum to take advantage of all the details on the hull and wheels
Please feel free to coment and give suggestions (except you Rei)!