Quoted TextRichard, how was the build up until this point? I have heard that the Panda kit is quite fiddly and somewhat difficult to assemble (old DML, not Skif) and that the tracks were multi-part menaces.
Your build looks clean and is making me reconsider getting one.
Overall, the kit isn't too bad! I've finished worse (Skif BMP-3 comes to mind). That being said, so far the worst parts are the weapon systems (guns and missiles) and the tracks. The tracks are just plain tedious. Each link has a separate guide horn that is very, very tiny! The carpet monster got two of them last night!
I'm going to try to put the torsion arms on the hull and put the base coat on this weekend so it can be curing.
If you can find one cheap somewhere, go ahead and pick it up. Don't spend a lot of money on it though. I saw one at my club's contest last weekend on a vendor table for $20. I almost picked it up for spare parts.
Ahhh..multi part individual link tracks... as if I did not already have a problem finishing kits with 1-part links...
Such a beast of a vehicle, I'll keep an eye out at the next couple of shows..