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CSM: Lanchester Armoured Car
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Posted: Saturday, March 17, 2018 - 08:30 PM UTC


Darren Baker takes a look at the first entry model of a Lanchester Armoured Car in 1/35th scale from Copper State Models.

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Posted: Saturday, March 17, 2018 - 09:45 PM UTC
Thanks for the review Darren. I just finished building this kit and found it to be a real pleasure. Fit was very good, and there was little or no flash. The instruction book is very nice, but I found a couple of errors. In Step #1, the location of Parts B-20 and B-21 is reversed. In Step #26, Parts B-22 & B-23 are actually A-22 & A-23. Both errors were minor and easily spotted. The only real cause for concern I found, were the Headlight Mounts (Parts C-9). They are very delicate and the sprue attachment points rather thick. But with careful cutting and a new #11 blade, I was able to remove them without damage. Al
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Posted: Saturday, March 17, 2018 - 10:15 PM UTC
Darren, You mentioned a possible error in the rear of the car. A missing filler panel between the fenders and the frame. I found this photo on-line.



In it, the panel looks to me like it is made from rubber or some other flexible material. Kind of like a mudflap. I don't know if this was factory standard or some sort of field modification. This was the only photo that I found showing this area clearly. Al
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Posted: Saturday, March 17, 2018 - 11:26 PM UTC
I don't know if they can even mold parts in clear [instead of acetate], but the tyre spokes looks barely thinner than the old Tamiya paratrooper bicycle set, they should used PE like Roden with their RR AC.

I think this is an obvious step back they've made from their previous works.
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Posted: Saturday, March 17, 2018 - 11:38 PM UTC
Thank you for the image Al, but all of the images I found showing the location clearly had panels there.
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Posted: Saturday, March 17, 2018 - 11:39 PM UTC

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I don't know if they can even mold parts in clear [instead of acetate], but the tyre spokes looks barely thinner than the old Tamiya paratrooper bicycle set, they should used PE like Roden with their RR AC.

I think this is an obvious step back they've made from their previous works.



I do not agree Tim. I have seen them in the flesh and they look very good.

Al what is your opinion.
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Posted: Sunday, March 18, 2018 - 12:48 AM UTC

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I don't know if they can even mold parts in clear [instead of acetate], but the tyre spokes looks barely thinner than the old Tamiya paratrooper bicycle set, they should used PE like Roden with their RR AC.

I think this is an obvious step back they've made from their previous works.



I do not agree Tim. I have seen them in the flesh and they look very good.

Al what is your opinion.



I'm quite happy with them myself, and quite a few of my fellow club members who've seen them also thought they looked real good. Al

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Posted: Monday, March 19, 2018 - 12:59 AM UTC
I've had a close up and personal rummage through a friend's kit box and would certainly endorse that the spokes are a superb rendition in plastic; no need for etch here! Hats off to Copper State Models.
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Posted: Monday, March 19, 2018 - 02:13 PM UTC
I have the Roden Rolls Royce AC and dug it out to compare. I actually think the plastic ones look better than the PE. They are molded almost as fine and the spokes are not flat. In fact, I'd like to find out if Golden State will sell me just the sprues containing the wheels, to use on the Rolls. Al
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Posted: Monday, March 19, 2018 - 08:12 PM UTC
I went to Bovington Tank Museum today and asked about the Lanchester and the panels below the stowage shelves, there should be a metal panel on each side and I understand they were tin.
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Posted: Monday, March 19, 2018 - 09:32 PM UTC
Here are the sheet metal parts for the load area:


Two different types of mudguards, British or Belgian.


Need to do some more shopping ....

/ Robin
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Posted: Monday, March 19, 2018 - 09:52 PM UTC
This again tells me that the photo etch needs to be in the box from the start.
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Posted: Monday, March 19, 2018 - 10:01 PM UTC
The PE certainly improves the looks of this little beauty even if I believe that it could be built without it.

The PE should definitely have been mentioned on the page showing the plastic kit. Even if the PE might not be 100% essential it is more or less a mandatory "side order".

/ Robin
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Posted: Thursday, March 29, 2018 - 10:38 PM UTC
Nice review, and some interesting comments from others as well. Good to see another company get into 1/35th AFVs (with something other than a Tiger!).

Do they have a U.S. dealer, or is it necessary to order direct?
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Posted: Friday, March 30, 2018 - 02:43 AM UTC

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Nice review, and some interesting comments from others as well. Good to see another company get into 1/35th AFVs (with something other than a Tiger!).

Do they have a U.S. dealer, or is it necessary to order direct?



Got mine from Section 8 Hobbies. They're located in Buffalo, NY. Al
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Posted: Friday, March 30, 2018 - 10:31 PM UTC

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Nice review, and some interesting comments from others as well. Good to see another company get into 1/35th AFVs (with something other than a Tiger!).

Do they have a U.S. dealer, or is it necessary to order direct?



Got mine from Section 8 Hobbies. They're located in Buffalo, NY. Al


Thanks! Looks like they don't have the PE kit yet, but I bet they get it at some point.
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Posted: Saturday, March 31, 2018 - 05:29 AM UTC
Thanks! Looks like they don't have the PE kit yet, but I bet they get it at some point.[Quoted]

You're welcome, glad to help. As for the PE set, IMHO, it isn't an absolute necessity. A lot of what it supplies can easily be scratch-built. Some of it looks to be specific for the Belgian version. Some , like the front fenders, is redundant. The mud guards between the rear stowage boxes and the frame can easily be made from thin sheet styrene. I made the retaining strap for the box on the right side from paper and a buckle shaved off of a plastic tarp. Al