Well back from a quick excursion, went to see my Son. Actually took this beast with me and got some work done on it, sitting at a picnic table with my modeler kid in a pleasant outdoor environment, (NO mask necessary).
Well it turns out, while a nicely molded kit, it has quite a few PIA’s and annoyances in it. Many of the smaller parts have 4-6 attachment points/sprue nubs on them, much trimming and clean-up is necessary, and there are a lot of small parts. Got the wheels on, and made sure all was straight and lined up. Check out the first pic, each of those rivets by the sprocket mount on the fender are individual miniscule parts, lumps on a sprue sliced off. Eeeesh I thought my eyes would stay permanently crossed. Started work on the turret, Dragon gives you a choice of 2 main gun barrels of different configurations, and as usual, no explanation of what is what. (Same thing with the return rollers). Internet research was no help so I guessed the short one, as this is boxed as an “early” version. The mantlet would not fit straight so I trimmed it to fit, but it no longer elevates or traverses. I persisted in assembling all the tiny PIA tidbits on the gun innards, as I still might leave the hatch open. Like I said it IS nicely molded, have a look at the ring gear, nice.
Anyway here we are now. Still plenty of parts left.
6 attached images. Click to enlarge.