The ambiguous fitting location(s) of the two rear tow points
Fitted the other two shock absorbers onto the chassis;
drilled out a couple of holes to attach the front strakes and cracked on with the suspension arms, now these are interesting, sad I know but; the instructions show them been added and I assume glued into their locating slots, as their isn’t any ‘do not glue’ logos, so they have been glued in.
A couple of trailing arms for two suspension arms are built (not glued ) and added to the suspension side, but why ?, if the full arms don’t move why leave the trailing arms free to move ? and there is no play in the suspension, I was expecting them to ‘hang free’ if the model was lifted in the air but they don’t.
Yet the box art states they are movable, all very strange.
Ever had that sick, sinking feeling when you realise you have glued something on wrong !! :mad:, Well I had that feeling last night, whilst I was constructing the drivers area, more on that in a bit, I was test fitting the ‘tub’ to the chassis but for the life of me couldn’t work out why it wouldn’t sit true, plus two locating holes seemed to be missing, it was then I had the sinking feeling as I looked at the hull plate and realised I had glued it on upside down, 3 days ago !!!. I assumed, obviously incorrectly, that the ribbing was part of the hull, where in fact it was for the underside. PANIC !!, a fresh blade in the knife and some very careful scoring and 10 minutes later I had managed to remove the plate without any damage and glue it back on the right way round.
The drivers compartment builds into a nice representation of the innards, 4 main pieces and a couple of small add-ons go into its construction, along with a couple of pieces for the side wall. Pedals, hand brake are all separate parts along with a ‘joystick’ steering lever. The seat has a nice texture to it and the whole unit is constructed from 5 pieces and fits into a slot in the floor, does seem a long way back though.
Thanks, bit slow at the mo, with this and the ZSU-57-2 build, plus trying to finish off the Tamiya 1/48 JGSDF Type 10 - needs a few touch ups so hopefully out with the airbrush on saturday and get it finished andthe Shilka internals.