Clearly RFM didn’t intend this…..
Ahhhh Rob and puns, like Spring and pollen, slightly irritating! Ok, so I decided from the get go I wasn’t going to build this with the clear hull and turret, and I went a step farther and took a moto tool and glue to everything! German armor was rolled plate steel, and especially towards the end of the war the steel had a rough look to it. The trick is to texture it without overdoing it or making it look cast. I tap a moto tool on the surface, then stipple it with Tamiya extra thin cement and an old brush, then sand most of the texture back off, lastly a coat of mr. surfacer. You can just make it out in some of the pictures.
A note about this kit is that the front glacis plate is a separate piece. I am thinking I may be able to make this removable to see the transmission and drivers area when I am done. One thing I have noted about this kit so far on the exterior is the understandable absence of texture (which I took care of) and weld beads around some areas that should have them, I added the beads with epoxy putty and Vallejo putty. Dragon attempted this in their Smart Kits, and that part I feel is superior on the Dragon offerings. Overall though this kit is a winner! Oh, I also held the turret up to the drawing in Panzer Tracts 5-3 and it was spot on.
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