This kit is what I intend to build for the Nordic SIG at Flory Models Forum. I can’t recall building a Swedish tank since I was a young lad, in my teens or so. Time to remedy that! 🙂
The kit looks quite nice, but it turned out the was som flash or burr to take care of.
The build starts with assembly of all the wheels.
Actually they want you to assemble the support wheels to their axels as well, but I decided to wait with that, and will paint all the wheels separately, and glue the axels to the lower hull first.
All the large wheels have hub caps that will allow the wheels to be rotated. I guess that will make it a bit easier to get on the tracks later.
The suspension arms needed a bit of putty.
All but the suspension parts glued to the chassie.
There are 2 sets of paired holes on each side, that I can’t find anything to put there. My guess is that they aren’t used on this version, and therefore can be filled. I’ll probably use a fitting plastic rod and some putty.
Once the putty had dried, I could sand it smooth and then glue the suspension arms in place, and I also glued the rear plate in place.
Then I went on to glue some parts to the upper hull, and while I’m trying to figure how much I can build before I need to paint, I started assembling the barrel and then I dry fitted the upper hull and turret.
Now I need to order some colours for the camo on this tank.
After a long wait I finally recieved my pre-ordered kit, and here’s a first view of it.
The kit depicts the Swedish version of the British Centurion tank. Here called Strv-104, which is short for stridsvagn (=tank) 104. It was first bought in 1958 and was then called strv-81. Modifications in steps broght it to strv-104 which in duty to about 2000 when it was scrapped.
Here’s pics of the contents of this kit.
With individual links and movable suspension, and as far as I can determine very nice details, this looks to be a very nice kit. Looking forward to building it at some time in the future.
Earlier last week I was asked if I wanted to join a weekend gathering were we could sit and build and talk. After not being able to meet like this for quite some time, it was a no brainer, adn with my girlfriends permission, I was ready to go.
I managed to to do a little on the Lightning beflre it was time to pack everything for the little more than 1½ hour trip to the meeting. I assembled the exhaust pipes, painted the chrome on the rear piece, added decals to the cockpit and started painting the pilot.
The seat was also painted.
I got some wash on the exhaust and intake parts, to enhance them a bit. Not that they are very visible inside, but anyway.
That was how far I got before the meeting. At the meeting I glued the intake to the fuselage and added some weights to that half.
For some reason the the pilot didn’t fit, at all, at least not without major surgery, so I decided to skip the pilot. So I added seat belts made of thin stripes of tape.
Landing gears assembled.
The cockpit fits nicely on top of the intake. More weights was added and secured with white glue.
Missiles and over wing tanks built.
Landing gears painted black.
I decided to switch object and started a new kit, a Swedish personal carrier, BV206S.
I forgot to take pics, but after some time I had gotten this far.
Talking about forgetting to take pics, which is easy to do when building and making conversations with my fellow model builder friends. So all of a sudden, I had gotten this far with the lightning.
After some more time I hade masked the canopy parts, painted the inside, glued them to the fuselage, and assembled a lot of small parts on the body.
One of the kits I picked up from a visiting vendor, was this M3A1 Scout car in russian service.
Same problem here, I forgot to take pics during a large part of the build process.
Another find was this lamborghini kit.
And this one.
On a table was a few kits that caught my attention, and especially one of the kits, I wasn’t sure who had brought them to the meeting, but when I asked it turned out they were for sale, so I snatched this beauty.
And it came with this book.
I came home sunday afternoon, and before putting all model stuff in place I cleaned up my workspace! Much needed, and now I only need a new cutting mat.
It was a great weekend, even if my girlfriend complained about spending too much money.