Ok progress update: Its going slowly, mainly because of some minor issues I have encountered, especially with the Aber set. Whilst the Aber etch is great, there are some annoying issues, which are as follows:
1. The instructions. These are not the best to be fair. If you have an engineering Phd then maybe they are fine, but I dont have such a thing and the lack of any logical order to the instructions is annoying and can be fatal. My advice is to make sure you really know the instructions well, because you will discover that at a later stage you will be pulling apart parts you have already fitted in order to get the etch part placed - especially in the cab area.
2. Also the instructions tells you to place either rod or wire at certain points in order to build up the etch part. However, no diameters or lengths are given so its a guessing game as to size and a lot of trial and error really. It can be very frustrating indeed.
3. Not ony that, but the instructions also refers to cetain parts, like axes and crowbar, with the various brackets produced in etch. Each item directs you to the kit part, which in my kit doesnt exist! Tamiya doesnt refer to them nor do they provide them. Now this could be an add on, for your own tastes, but Aber dont say this they merely tell you to add "kit part". You could spend hours looking for these parts and will never find them. I thought that maybe this was because I was building te stand alone FAMO and not the one with the trailer. However, I have both kits and guess what, not axes in either!
4. The Aber set also give 3 handle type things in the drivers cab area, no idea what they are actualy. These go at the seat ends and one in the middle. Problem is the one in the middle requires that you file out the Tamiya seat, which isnt mentioned and you have to guess at this, which if you have glued the seat back into place before test fitting these items it will be a real pain the neck!
5. Friulmodel tracks are my next moan. The Tamiya instructions calls for 46 links each side, whereas no mention is made at all by Friulmodel about how many links. Now it could be that its the same, 46 links, but the metal links are slightly bigger, not much I admit but it could be enough to make it 45 links. Nevertheless, whilst i love guessing games, i shall go with 46 links and see what happens.
Aside form these annoing issues, the etch is great and the kit pulls together nicely - although soe of the fits on my model werent great with some small warpage, but nothing too major.
The cab is coming along - albeit slowly
More to come soon