As I am so over the moon to finally have this model having waited years and years for it I thought I'd put up some build shots for you all to see and comment on.
I'm really pleased that Thunder models came up first with this subject as I really do enjoy building their kits, I believe it is the same company as Mirror Models, or at least Libor of LZ models is responsible for both companies.
This kit has over 700 parts and is moulded in the common to Mirror models grey plastic. It is very nice to work with, being soft enough to not be brittle, (which is a good thing as this kit is loaded with tiny finely moulded parts), but not too soft so that it tears when sanded like the early Meng green plastic.
So, enough chatter.. on to the build..
I will start with the engine. This is a little model in itself and is made up of 34 plastic parts and 9 PE parts. (The PE in this kit looks like copper rather than Brass)?
Obviously nothing is filled or refined yet, this is all directly out of the box.
There is an error in the instructions here, the long pipe which goes from the back of the diesel pump up and over to the air inlet is shown in the assembly drawing but is not called out for during assembly. This is part C26. I have also fitted the air intake now rather than wait as suggested until step 17. The instructions would also have you fit the radiator to the engine now, but I'm going to leave it off until the engine goes into the chassis as it will surely get broken.
On the subject of the radiator.. here it is built up. Note some filler will be required around the "filler" neck, (Pun fully intended), but just look at the moulding quality!
The front axle is a beautiful piece, mad up of no less than 10 parts. Notice I have pinned the track rod ends to make the wheels pose-able.
Finally I will air my opinion on the wheels and tyres..
Here they are assembled. The front tyres are assembled from 5 pieces each, giving a great depiction of the tread pattern. Parts E28 and E30 must be swapped around to achieve the correct tread pattern. Unfortunately, the fit is not good and the assembly gives a very ballooned effect, which I have sanded out here.
The rear tyres have a tread pattern like I have never seen on any vehicle before. The kit gives two options for assembling the tyres, with the outer tread blocks aligned with the inners or they can be staggered. I have gone for aligned, but it's not an issue as i will be replacing the wheels and tyres anyway. I am also of the opinion that the wheels are not accurate, just flat discs with nuts on them? I believe there should be a raised area around the centre mounting nut?
LZ models have wheels and tyres available for the kit, but no "road" pattern tyres for the front as yet.
Thanks for looking. This kit was purchased using my own hard earned cash.