saw this model on their website and liked the look of it so I got
it,photocopied page and had a trial build of the inside of the turret
but found that the ribs that are cut from one mill card are very fragile
and I wasn't getting them good enough to do the model justice. so I
then got the laser cut parts unfortunately these don't include tracks!
I live in Wiltshire I thought I would put my own markings on the tank
for the Wiltshire Yeomanry who had Shermans first at Alamein and then
regrouped in Syria before moving on to Italy.there is only one drawback
in that the Wiltshire Yeomanry were withdrawn at about the same time as
the firefly was brought into operation with regiments based in Italy, so
I'm going to stretch the facts a bit.
have the English instructions for the kit and they suggest starting
with the turret. But I'm going to start with the tracks and hopefully
the new kit enthusiasm will get me through cutting out all the bits
have made a slow start on this model doing odd bits here and there
starting with some of the metal parts at work mainly those that needed
there are a lot of track parts,there are 200 tracks and I am making some extra as added armour so I have cut 430 track pins.
smallest bits are some 2 mill square blocks by mil thick I had to cut
them into strips and then seal the sides with superglue before cutting
into squares otherwise they were delaminating.the above picture shows the thicker card parts. The killer is going to be cutting out all the holes.
the instructions for the tracks,
there are 27 parts that make up a track link times 200 plus I'm doing
an extra 14. I've booked the padded cell. I might add an extra part not
sure if it's needed or not which will be a strip of card in between the
two metal pins just gives more support to the central block the tracks,
probably will be a case of belt and braces. But isn't much more work as
the waste strip between the top and bottom parts from the inside of the
central block or about the right height.
the rest of the track parts