Time to get started on this one...Tamiya's M41 Walker Bulldog. As Jesper noted, this really isn't bad for its age....this is a 1970s kit. There's actually some pretty nice detail in this kit. Much of it is very simplified and it's a motorized kit design. My plan is to build this one OOB for this campaign.
I began with the chassis plate...this actually is part of the motorization and serves as a latch to hold the upper hull down on the lower hull. The suspension is molded on...no assembly required. Considering that, it looks pretty nice. Also added the tow shackles to front and back.
Road-wheels and return rollers. Pretty standard stuff.
Wheels on the chassis and upper hull in place.
The gun assembly is pretty standard. For its age, the fit is really good.
Turret halves clamped and waiting for them to set-up. Again, the fit is pretty good.
Started adding the detail parts to the turret. Commander's hatch and periscope guards. The loader's hatch is molded shut.
The turret's grab handles and .50 cal. The M2 is horrible. I already have a replacement set aside for after the campaign. The handles aren't that great...they look too thick.
Driver's hatch, lights, and guards. Oh...and the travel lock. Not shown are the two jerry cans. These are the old Tamiya practice of having the single handle. I was so close to replacing these but will hold off until after the campaign.
And basic assembly done.
This really has been a weekend build. I'll probably paint it and finish it up next weekend. I'm not sure what paint job I'll go with. I'll probably go with a simple overall green, US Army. After the campaign I might fiddle with it a bit...maybe part of my what-if stuff.
This would be a good starter kit for a novice builder or just a fun no-nonsense build for a rainy weekend. Given its age, the detail is pretty good. The fit would put many newer kits to shame. If I want a focal M41 for my Cold War shelf I would pick up the AFV Club offering...which is my plan actually.