I've loved the shape of this AFV ever since I first made the Tamiya 1/35th version in the 1970's.
|Step One: - Assemble central strut|
|Step Two: Then assemble the chassis adding the 4 stub axles|
The four inner wings with moulded on suspension and stub axle are quite fiddly to fit. There's no risk of getting them mixed up because they will only fit one corner. I've used ordinary polystyrene cement on the assembly even though you can get away with just snapping the kit together - I guess I just like the added security. One thing to watch out for though, put too much cement on one of the location pins and they wont push fully into their respective location holes!
|Step Three: join the previous two sub assemblies together to make the base of the vehicle.|
|You can see the underside here. Quite good chassis detail.|
|Step Four: Assemble the body|
Now I tried to fit the two sides first and then the hull top. This didn't work! I think next time I'll fit the hull top first and then the two sides after.
|The two sides attached|
|The hull top attached|
|Step Five: having completed the hull, assemble the turret.|
|Finished model with Forged in Battle figure for scale|
|Based and ready for undercoating|
Don't get me wrong, it's not beyond anyone to assemble, just a little challenging for the very young (Or old for that matter).
When finished the parts aren't a perfect fit - there are gaps that you can see light through. I think that painting will overcome this...we shall see.
To be continued...........