did anyone actually think i could make it through the whole contest and only have one build going?
yeaaa me either
this one is gonna take a bit longer than the plane and its uncharted territory for me as its the first bit of armor i have ever done
that being said, this is the subject at hand
wow this thing has some pieces in it, the dozer blade is technically a separate kit with its own instruction book
yea there are a few sealed bags of parts in here
general hull assembly begins
slight warpage on the side panels but i think i can massage them closed with some pressure and decent glue
love the liquid cement for just this reason, flow a drop down the seam, wait a few seconds and then squeeze the two halves together with moderate pressure and hold for about 30 seconds. the glue melts the plastic on the edge and pushes excess out to be sanded off later to reduce on filler
more suspension pieces, you will have to forgive me as i dont know what some of these parts are actually called and the instructions are no real help. they show pics where parts go and occasional color callouts but thats pretty much it.
after the bit of light sanding on the hull the seam looks decent
this one struck me as odd, why numbers on a piece that (to me ) looks like it will be visible when complete?
and on a textured piece to boot... hmmm
had a few small sink holes on the hull and one small section of the hull seal to fill in. used my two part body filler to take care of these
added the eyelets to the side of the hull
hmmm shucks, i can do shocks
time to make a few more specialized clamps for the workbench, off to the dollar store and picked up a pack of 30 clothes pins for a buck
popped them apart
give em the ole 180
look!! shock holders
now i know most of the shocks are gonna be the body color but the shafts themselves i am doing in metal
after i install them i will mask the shafts with a bit of tape so i can paint the rest of the areas
starting to place them along the hull
hmm why is there no nut detail...eh i will make some
grab my octagon rod
and start shaving a few "bolt heads" off the end
to me that looks better
if they dont belong there.. dont bother to tell me lol. i am not doing this for the rivet counters or the extremists, i am building it for a learning experience
thats where i am leaving off for now.
cya again soon