Kit # 03142
- Al Magnus
|This kit has 60 parts
molded in dark green plastic on one sprue, plus another 5 parts for
the windows molded in clear plastic on another sprue. A small decal
sheet is included. The images are matte, in register and the carrier
film is quite thin.
As per my usual, the kit was built pretty much straight out of the box, not modifying the kit much other than to drill out the openings in the front bumper, the exhaust outlet in the muffler and add an antenna cut from guitar wire.
This kit builds up nicely. Fit is excellent though it is a bit tight in places. Pay particular attention to the mine blast shield under the body. I found this to interfere with the chassis frame which made the frame twist and skew a bit resulting in a major body slant. I rectified this with some sanding and scraping to relieve the contact point causing the problem.
I was not impressed with the molding of the side windows. They all come with small tabs, which I suppose are there to help position the window into its opening, but in my mind they detract from the overall look of the windows. They also had a habit of breaking off when the window was pushed into its opening leaving a small white mar in the clear plastic. I suppose these tabs could be removed beforehand and the mars touched up with some sanding and polishing, but that seemed like more work than I willing to do. I suppose one way to reduce their presence would be to dirty up the windows a bit to try and hide them.
As far as I can tell, the kit is accurate save
for these items that appear not quite right to me based on pictures
found on the web.
The decals are excellent. Three markings options
I chose the Task Force Fox option for markings. The decals are not quite correct as presented on the decal sheet. The green TFF rectangles lack the narrow white border which I added by placing a slightly larger rectangle of white decal underneath the kit decal.
Pictures of sister TFF Dingoes found at reference  show that there should also be German flag markings for the front bumper and on the right rear body panel. I made these from scratch, cobbling together other decal pieces to make the flags. This was quite easy to do since the flag consists of just three horizontal bars of black, red and yellow moving from top to bottom. I also made one additional flag which was attached to a piece of guitar wire used for an antenna and then attached it to the antenna mount at the rear of the vehicle.
On the whole, this kit is quite easy to build. For me it took quite a bit longer to finish than my other armour builds, not because it was difficult, but because I wasn't thinking too clearly when I first bought the kit. Arriving at the point where I had to mask the windows I came to realize why I had returned to armour modelling. I was suffering from a form of “masking phobia” brought about by my latest aircraft projects. A return to armour modelling looked like it might be the cure, where masking for the most part is limited. Unfortunately I wasn’t quite cured of my phobia so this kit sat for a few weeks until I finally forced myself to get on with the masking and finish painting and building the kit.
Review sample purchased by the author.