Remember this one … ?
… I've been trying to forget the swine!
Better find a good swamp to hoof this bugger into - once and for all!
Time to lay the table again ...
I guess you could say that I have a love-hate relationship with MiniArt. On the one side they have done a hellava lot for the diorama builder. On the other, their kits do require quite a lot of donkey-work in the way of cleaning and fitting. Many of their figures are a pleasure upon opening the box whereas others are a disappointment. This kit belongs to the latter as they are grossly undersized and very plain.
Why buy them then?
Well by leaving one figure in it's original size and bulking up another you can get a good contrast with these basic forms. BTW ... the figure on one leg is a relic from Tamiya's Gaz kit.
Here's a few snapshots of the carcass:
No hints where we're off to on this one ... apart from Blini's and Vodka.
Time to pick the flesh off this one again ... Black primer - white interior:
Fighting compartment pre weathering (note the 'Soylent Green' tone):
Bits (ignore Meng's Hotchkiss ammo boxes, the real ones are just simple steel oblongs):
The small side tabs on the inside wall kept getting in the way of one of the covers, so I had to remove it. If ever you have the same trouble, you may like to chop off the lower tabs as well. Whatever you do, don't remove the front and rear tabs (in blue) as you'll have no control when you join all this together.
This may seem a drastic measure to counter a bad fit but the pressure on the model is minimal.
BTW ... please be carefull when using clamps. Too much pressure will push a joint apart and they can also move and loosen when your back is turned. Trust is good – control is better.
In modelbuilding as well as the real world, old clamps/faulty application have caused tragedy.
Right then, that's the left-overs done with - time for dessert: