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AIRFIX 1/76TH 88mm Gun & Tractor

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Waaayhey... :) 

Didn't think you'd be rid of me that quickly did you :) 

My second build for the GB

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Out of all the Airfix vehicles and afv's, this is the only one that I never built. I can't actually recall why because I remember seeing it in the likes of Woolies etc, but It just never ended up on my desk :) 

As you may have guessed thus far, not really an involved kit... 

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I'm not doing anything with this kit. Its being built straight OOB, as god intended :) 

Edited- changed the photo around before DC3 does himself a damage 😬

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Thanks for nothing Mad, just nearly broke my neck trying to get upside down to check out the decals.

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11 minutes ago, Mad Steve said:

Next time just turn your computer upside down 🤪

That's brilliant, sometimes I think you're not mad at all.

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(In the interest of trying to be a nice chap and not getting fired from the site, I shall attempt to complete this episode, without swearing... :))

Afternoon Everyone :) 

The day started rather well...

Sipping my coffee this morning, I found this on the underside of the hull

This kit is 2 years older than I am.... oh how quaint thought I, and I started on my chores.

(why was the Made in England scubbed off? Are they afraid some snowflake type would be offended that this was Made in England :) )

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Whizz forward to just after lunch and I had the chassis painted and weathered a little bit.

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I then spent two hours cleaning up the wheels... Believe it or not, this half track has 32 wheels, just though you'd like to know that. I then painted them all. 2 Hours prep, 2 minutes of painting....

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A little while later, I started assembling the wheels, and this is where it went a bit pear shaped. 

Now, You can look at the box and get all teary eyed at the vintage classic thing, or amazed at the kit being 53 years old, but no, the fit of the wheels is absolutely god awful.

There are 14 wheels each side, none of them fit as they are supposed to, so they all come off again, little trimming and back on again. All completely wonky, you touch one, 6 others go wonkier :) I then had a flashback of building the Tiger and Panther when I was a yufe, and getting fed up because I couldn't get the wheels to stay straight. 

Anyway, long story short, the wheels fit crap, hopefully i can hide it with the tracks...

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Well not quite :) Yes, your eyes are not deceiving you, I have stapled the tracks together, The reason being very simple, the only glue known to man that can glue these tracks was Britfix tube cement... everything else just couldn't,  a) stay glued, b) not eat through them and snap and 3) somehow get glued to your face (true story :))

Problem is the tracks were a bit warped in the box and they look a bit naff, but with the hull on, doesn't look too bad..

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I shall now leave this little construction overnight, and will touch up the painting in the morning :) 

toodalooooo :) 

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4 hours ago, Mad Steve said:

(why was the Made in England scubbed off? Are they afraid some snowflake type would be offended that this was Made in England :) )

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My guess would be 'cos it was actually Made in India this time around and they were worried that someone would sue them for £94,000,000 for misrepresentation and subsequent stress and emotional crack up.

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8 hours ago, Mad Steve said:

(why was the Made in England scubbed off? Are they afraid some snowflake type would be offended that this was Made in England :) )

 

Nah.  Us SJWs aren't bothered about shizzle like that.
It's to prevent gammony old farts keeling over with a heart attack brought on by the shock of something actually being manufactured in England these days.

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