that strikes me, is the lower hull assembled from several plates.
Most kits feature a hull tub. AFV Club provides quite a bit of interior
detail, so this makes life easier for those wanting to add a complete
The hull assembles
quite well. Fit is a bit tight and you should take some care to
get things square. The upper hull is also a multipart affair. The
front plate and turret ring plate are separate, suggesting an M8
HMC is in the pipeline.
great, and fits very well together. Kit tracks are adequate for
my taste, but AFV Club has some aftermarket sets in link to link
(T16 and T36E6) and vinyl (T36E6).
The turret is
a bit fiddly, and some of the detail is not correct. Refer to Kurt
Laughlin's write up on this website. Tiger Model Design supplies
an "updated and corrected" turret, but from photos it
seems they have left the front plate detail there, which is not
correct. But it's easy enough to remove, so it's not a big deal.
Overall, there's a fair amount of detail in the kit's turret, with
a gun breech, turret controls, storage boxes and bustle mounted
radio. This will be enough to see through the hatch for occasional
viewer. TMs and walkarounds on the Internet can be used to add more
detail. The most obvious to add would be the turret basket. I've
got an old Verlinden Productions M5A1 interior set in my stash,
to see how this will fit the AFV Club kit.
As can be seen
from the photos, I need to paint the kit. And no, the putty on the
lower hull is not filler. It's been stippled on to represent caked-on
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