I think a lot of the newer Trumpy offerings are designed to improve your creativity by including lots of dust-like parts and instructing you to fit them in a non-sensical sequence Naturally, I'll be watching this one come together.
Pulling up a chair Mark, I've never understood the whole 'build the entire deck/details and then join to the hull' approach in kit instructions. I think they do it to save on real estate in the instruction steps more than a truly logical assembly step process.
Bill I had visions of breaking off all the bitty little parts when attempting to fit the major components together, not cool
Leon it is sorta, lots of PE only parts on this one
Tobias yes the PE is kit supplied. A fair amount of it too
All, thanks and welcome
The Trumpy indy track links are of the brown plastic type with a fair amount of fine flash. I tried a run in spite of this. Left it overnight, picked up the model this morning and the run dissolved into its component parts. Not cool either. Therefore, a set of Fruils are on the way from SacleHobbyist. Fruils only because no one within three thousand miles of me has Masterclub or ModelKasten T-72 tracks in stock. I am ambivalent about them but it seems they are my only option as I wish to finish the model this year and ordering from Japan will not further my cause.
I've put in a fair amount of time on this and it sure doesn't look it. Pics when meaningful stages achieved
Fit and engineering got a bit disappointing in places; in many instances the mounting dimples for the blocks were too far apart. Some places the blocks were too long and had to be finagled. There are more blocks to mount on the turret but I will wait 'till I get everything else on as they are not the most solid even when dry. Trumpy gives an option for what seems to be an optical housing in front of the gunner's hatch
Leon I would be glad but as it turns out there are quite a few more to be set on the turret sides and face. Just postponing them so I won't break 'em off handling the assembly while completing it. Thanks brother
So the Fruils arrived and in the interval I decided to use them on an upcoming T-72 project instead of this one. I was able to find Miniarm snap together workables, however and they require just a swipe or two of the file for cleanup as well as build up swiftly
The modification will very likely not be visible in addition to providing a substantially greater foot for attachment. In this way I'll not be blowing them off the model when I go to airbrush it. Here's Trumpy's idea of mounting points on the glacis