This kit was built for a competition at the local hobby store. I chose this specific kit due to it being 1/32 scale, which will match nicely with an F-4 I'm building. The kit was heavily modified with new wheels, a roll cage, racing seats, a stability wing, roof scoop, a gutted interior, and custom markings to represent a car in the markings of the Gazoo Racing Team. To represent these markings, a special decal sheet was made, and worked quite well!
Overall, this kit has many respectable qualities! While not necessarily the best kit for detail, it is the only kit available of this model of the Toyota Prius, and the scale is actually very good for mixing with modern jet models, if one was so inclined. The model, if built OOB, could easily snap together in half an hour to give the modelmaker a very convincing representation of one of the finer examples of automotive engineering! As well, for more advanced modellers who want to have some fun with a cheap kit, this is also a good fit. Recommended, especially for fans of hybrids!
The genesis of the Type 16 program was the 2003 JSDF Future Combat Vehicle study, in which the possibility of designing a wheeled fighting vehicle that could augment tank units was explored. Throughout the late 2000's and early 2010's the JSDF continued to research the feasibility of using wheeled AFVs to complement the heavier tank units. Although the various designs from the FCV study were eventually scrapped due to cost, a design which proposed a vehicle similar in nature to the Stryker MGS would influence future developments. By 2008, a prototype vehicle had been made, and by 2013 Mitsubishi Heavy Industries had been given a contract to build 99 of these "MCV"s. The Type 16, as it is known today, replaces almost half the JGSDF tank arsenal. Armed with an L/52 105mm cannon and two machine guns, it is protected by a modular system of composite armour plates which give it a very angular look. The MCV has an 8x8 chassis driven by a 570hp turbocharged diesel engine.
Released by Tamiya in 2018, this kit is typical of Tamiya's modern kits, in that it combines excellent detail with an easy assembly. There are 259 parts in this kit (plus eight well moulded vinyl tires), and markings for four different vehicles. Assembly is very quick and easy, and in about four sessions the kit was built. I opted to use the Tamiya metal barrel rather than the kit barrel on this build, and I believe that this is one piece of aftermarket that is worth buying. In the kit, the barrel is slide-moulded and comes either with decals to represent the muzzle brake or a masking sticker to locate holes to be drilled by a pin vise. While these are innovative solutions to the problem posed by the muzzle brake, I do believe that the metal barrel is a worthy aftermarket purchase. Two torso figures are also included, and they are very good.
I began the project by first painting the clear parts for the running lights. I used lacquer silver, as well as acrylic orange and clear red. Next, I assembled the hull, which clicked together. The next stage was working on the steering, which is fantastic. The front four wheels are joined by a system of linking rods that tie their movements together. An interesting feature is that, through a reduction in the steering rod lengths, the second set of front wheels turns at a slightly reduced ratio to the first pair, just like in real life! From there, the hull was complete, and I began work on the turret. Like all of Tamiya's modern kits, this was a refined affair, with well-moulded antiskid texture, good parts fit, and detailed components. The .50 M2HB was also quite good, and the only modification I made to it was to drill out the barrel.
Painting and weathering
Carrying on a trend I started with the Bronco Staghound, the base colours for this kit were painted with lacquers (JGSDF Brown and Dark Green). I freehanded the camouflage pattern, and used my airbrush on 10psi to achieve the hard edges. From here, the underside was painted with lacquer Olive Drab, and detail painting was carried out with acrylic Rubber Black. Some shading was done on exposed powertrain surfaces with flat black, as well as a black wash. I also added some AK City Dust pigment to the tires, but this and some splatter effects were the only elements of weathering I added. JGSDF vehicles are generally kept very clean. To complete the build, I also used some thread from Berkshire Junction to replicate the webbing on many vehicles, and added some Asparagus Plumosis to present a vehicle that had been very lightly camouflaged.
This kit is highly recommended for all scale modelers, and will certainly add some interest to anyone's display cabinet!
The T17 Staghound was a 4x4 armoured car built in America for British and Commonwealth forces during the latter years of the Second World War. Sporting light armour and the M6 37mm cannon, the Staghound was used primarily in HQ squadrons of armoured units, as well as in armoured car regiments by Commonwealth forces. The main function of the Staghound was to conduct armed recon patrols ahead of larger units, as well as to exploit gaps in enemy lines when in armoured car regiments. It was in this role that the Staghound was used by the 12th Manitoba Dragoons, the subject of this kit. In 1944, the Dragoons advanced up the coast of France and Belgium, eventually advancing so quickly that at one point they were 80km north of the next northernmost unit of the First Canadian Brigade.
It was sometime during this advance that the issue of fire support came up. Being as far behind enemy lines as they were, the 12th Dragoons were unable to make use of artillery fire support, and close air support was spotty. Now, initially the plan was that some Staghound III armoured cars armed with 75mm howitzers would be sent to the regiment to cover this gap in capability, but this eventually fell through. In order to get some degree of direct fire support, one of the Staghounds from the HQ squadron was equipped with a field-made mount for four RP3 rocket rails lifted off of the Royal Canadian Air Force. The idea was fairly simple. On this fixed mount, the four rockets could be fired against targets encountered by the Dragoons that were a bit too tough for cannon rounds. In all events, however, the rockets were not very effective from a purely technical standpoint, as they were fairly inaccurate and sometimes failed to detonate. Despite this, the rockets were an excellent morale booster, and would also be the basis for the Tulip system mounted on M4 tanks later in the war.
This kit from Bronco was originally released in 2008, with most of its sprues coming from the base Staghound kit the company released back in 2007. Indeed, this kit is the second of five different Staghound kits Bronco has made. Overall, the kit is fantastic, it really is. I can't give enough praise to it, because it is one of the few Bronco kits that has struck a balance between the detail they are known for and the "fun factor" that, to me at least, is one of the main reasons I'm in this hobby. There are a few areas of potential improvement, so let's get those out of the way first.
So right off the bat, one issue that I have heard about this kit is that the turret is misshapen. Frankly, despite actually looking at a Staghound at the local museum, I can't quite figure this one out, because the turret looks fine to me. But if absolute accuracy is your thing, it might be worthwhile to confer with the forums on this issue.
This kit is made up of around 330 parts, most of which are in olive drab coloured plastic. One area where I think Bronco could have done better in this regard is the multitude of parts which I would consider to be superfluous (IE the hinges for the turret hatches are made up of multiple tiny parts). I understand that this is just the way Bronco rolls, so it's not really a complaint but moreso a warning if the thought of tedious subassemblies makes you sweat.
Other than that however, this is a great kit. Firstly, this kit is loaded with detail. Wherever you look, there's something to appreciate. I especially like the detail on the driver and codriver's windows, as well as the turret detail, including a radio and cannon breech. All of the parts are casted without flash or viewable injector pin marks, and seams are rare. In addition, the clear parts are quite fine, and the kit comes with very useful photoetch, as well as a turned metal barrel (my weakness!)
The parts to make the rocket launcher are fairly simple, but after looking at some reference photos, I think they do the job quite nicely. The rockets themselves are fairly simple affairs, just like in real life.
My intention for this project was that it would be an interim between my 1/32 F-14A and the 1/35 Type 16 MCV. It was a birthday gift and, looking at the box, I thought "it's a Staghound! How hard could it be?"
The kit begins with the construction of the hull sides, which are quite busy and covered in tools, stowage bins, and the fuel tanks. Lots of nice detail is included, including photoetch tool straps, and each hull side took me a session to complete.
Next, we move along to the upper hull, working on the turret ring and engine covers, which are well done. Everything fits like a glove.
After that, the build breaks down into subassemblies for the rest of the hull. You make the front of the car, with the drivers windows and hatches, etc, then the chassis, and finally the rear of the car featuring the exhausts. You then put everything together, and by my third session I had the hull more or less done. From here, the differentials are quickly thrown together, and the wheels and fenders are added as well.
The final major stage of the build is the turret. Aside from some tedious bits on the breech of the M6, this can easily be built in a night. The interior detail is certainly reasonable, and you're left with a well-done representation of the Staghound's teeth. The rockets are then assembled, but I chose to leave mine off for painting.
Painting and weathering
This was the second kit I finished with lacquers, and I'm using Tamiya paints for the job. I'd like to try AK and Mr. Hobby paints sometime, but I have access to Tamiya products so that's what I'll use for now. Here are all the lacquers I used.
Overall, I'm really liking these lacquers. They are much more robust than acrylics, and frankly I figure that in time all of my base painting will be done with them.
Next, I used some Mission Models acrylics to add some fading and dust effects to the upper surfaces of the vehicle. MMP paints are really good bits of kit, and if you airbrush do yourself a favour and pick some up.
From here, detail painting was done with Tamiya acrylics. For this I used a fine 00 brush, as well as MasterTool's new disposable brushes. I quite like them, they're cheap, fine-tipped, and do the job well.
Now it was on to weathering. I first added some chipping with a pencil and then moved on to using Tamiya's panel-liners to create a base-layer of grime, dirt, and rust. The Xtreme Metal aluminum was brushed over the M1919A4 barrels.
Now, I worked on more advanced weathering. Sienna Soil pigment was mixed with AK's OIF wash to create a slurry which I would dry-brush XF-79 over, and rust deposits were added to the exhausts.
To cap everything off, MIG enamels were used to add the finishing touches to the tires and engine covers.
Buy it, I guess.
All jokes aside, I would highly recommend this kit! If you're a fan of Canadian armour, it's a worthy buy, and for people who want to get an idea of what Bronco's all about I think this kit is a good place to start out.
Today I would like to share Autoloader Decal's latest product, a decal kit for Ontario Regiment M4 tanks in their ceremonial camouflage from 1971!
A great deal of effort has been made to preserve the distinctly "painted-on" look of the real markings, which were applied with a brush. In this kit, you get two waterslide decal sheets allowing you to make a kit representing any of the three M4s that were painted with the fascinating three-tone camouflage. Ample spares are provided as well, so if you should like to make another modern M4, this is possible as well! Each marking was hand-drawn, then improved with digital technology.
These waterslides are also the first to be sealed with flat lacquer varnish, as well as with selective varnishing, which will cut down on the amount of carrier film on the decal! Perfect for making these markings really settle into some casting texture.
This kit also ships with a colour reference guide to aid in the painting of this complex paint scheme.
If you would like to check out the item page for this new kit, click the button below!
All the best, Dennis
Tamiya has dealt with the M4 for many years now, and some time ago released their M4A3 76 (W), or M4A3E8, in 1/35 scale. The kit is typical of Tamiya's high standards, being very easy to assemble and reasonably well detailed. The kit is certainly not on the level of more recent offerings such as RFM's M4 with it's full interior, but I think one can have quite a bit of fun with the Tamiya kit. However, if detail is your thing, there is a vast array of aftermarket available for this kit.
I originally wanted to build this OOB, but after stumbling across a photo from the 1970's of a column of Ontario Regiment M4s, I decided to go with a more unconventional paint scheme.
These two M4s were holdovers from the Korean War, and were used by the ONTRs for ceremonial purposes. Just look at that three tone camouflage!
To make this pattern, I brush painted Tamiya's Buff, Olive Drab, and NATO Green over a black base. The Canadian flag decal was sourced from Trumpeter's Cougar AVGP kit. I was considering making a decal kit for these interesting M4s, let me know if you'd ever want to see one!
I thought I'd take the time to give a short update to any regulars to this blog.
I just finished Tamiya's old 1/32 F-14A, and will write a post-build review on it sometime next week.
This kit has been my main focus for the latter half of January 2021, and with it now complete I am moving onto some new projects. Mainly, for the rest of January and February I will most likely be working primarily on wheeled AFVs in 1/35 scale. Right now, I have started Bronco's T17E1, and Tamiya's JGSDF Type 16 will be up next.
Aside from these projects, I will also be finishing a display model for the gallery here, using the AUD Ontario Regiment decal kit. Speaking of which, a unique model of an Ontario Regiment M4 will come next week as well.
I also continue to take commissions and custom decal orders, and it seems Canada Post has done a good job at moving my shipments quickly, so that's a plus.
Yeah, just a quick update I guess. This blog will have lots of content coming in the near future, so stay tuned!
Here's the link to the Tamiya news release - https://www.tamiya.com/japan/featuredreleases_early2021.html
The people at Tamiya have done an excellent job of explaining these releases, so I figure I'll give my general impressions of what's soon going to hit the shelves. I'll be focusing on their aircraft and armour releases.
1/48 F-4B Phantom II
Years ago, Tamiya released a number of 1/32 Phantom kits which covered the various types of Phantoms (including the F-4EJ, which I've been trying to get my hands on). However, they were not necessarily the picture of perfection, to be polite. I'm currently building their F-14A in 1/32, and if half the issues present on that kit are also on the Phantoms, well, save your money. But anyways, the point is that this is a really exciting offer from Tamiya. Similarly to their F-14, the company seems to be scaling down in a way, which is good because 1/48 scale is much easier for the builder (not to mention their wallets!) to finish. I've only seen the press photos of this kit, but it already looks like another winner. I'm sure that the aftermarket industry will be all over this one! One can only hope now that Tamiya will release a JASDF F-4 kit in the near future.
1/35 PzKpfw IV Ausf. G
One of Tamiya's more interesting releases of 2020 was their Panzer IV Ausf. F in 1/35 scale. In fact, that kit was essentially made completely from scratch, save for the running gear. Nothing but good reviews have come out so far for that kit, and with features like link-length tracks it is now typical of new Tamiya scale tanks. It only seems logical, then, that soon the Ausf. G will be made into a kit. Looking at the CAD renders of this kit, there's actually quite a bit of new details compared to the Ausf. F kit this is based on. Everything in green is a new detail that will be included. Note the long cannon with it's distinctive muzzle brake - surely some neat slide moulding will be happening there! New figures are included as well, and if recent figures are any indication, then these should be excellent. It's really nice to see what appears to be a reversion from the classic German subjects (Tigers, Panthers, etc) in the industry, as Tamiya, Border, and others have begun to make some of the older tanks, many of which were neglected in new releases to some extent. While I generally don't build German armour, this is a kit I expect to work on in 2021.
1/35 Sd.Kfz.2 Kettenkraftrad
Another 1/35 scale new-tool kit coming out in 2021 (yay!) covering yet another German subject (boo!). Like the Universal Carrier, Sd.Kfz.222, and Jeep kits of years past, this appears to be another Tamiya release in a small box. The Kettenkraftrad was a prolific vehicle during the Second World War, and there are a great many ways this kit could be presented. Between the tracks, suspension, engine detail and even a photo-etch screen, this kit could easily be a standalone that will grab attention. If dioramas are more your thing, two extra figures are included, and they both look good as well (quite similar to recent figure kits that Tamiya released as well, so you could integrate them nicely.)
For awhile now, Tamiya has been selling 1/48 scale armour kits. They are all quite good, and often have neat features like link-length tracks and die-cast hulls. This is their newest 1/48 kit, and looks to be of high quality. Good casting texture, a decent figure, and well-detailed tracks. Frankly, there's not much to say here, other than this was a kit many of us saw coming and surely will be building in the future.
Well, that about wraps up my little musing on the latest kit release! Again, there's quite a bit that came out yesterday, so definitely use the link to see all of them.
The 17-pounder anti tank gun was certainly one of the finest artillery pieces of the Second World War, boasting high muzzle velocity that could be used to destroy Nazi tanks with unerring lethality. Developed by Great Britain during the mid-war period to cope with the arrival of such tanks as the Panther, the 17-pdr was a fantastic but large bit of kit. In many ways, one of the greatest disadvantages of the 17-pdr was that, unlike the 6-pdr and 2-pdr guns, it required a significant amount of effort to move around and reposition. Furthermore, it would not be easy to mount it on a tank, where such a weapon would doubtless be effective. As such, in 1943 development began on a self-propelled mount to move this gun. The Valentine infantry tank was selected as the mount for this gun, and a new vehicle, the Archer was developed. To fit the cannon onto the Valentine chassis, the fighting compartment was oriented in such a way that the gun points backwards! This allowed the Archer to assume good hull-down positions, as well as to quickly displace if necessary.
It's no secret that Tamiya is a serious contender for the designation as the industry gold standard. Tamiya kits are easy to construct, well-detailed, and most importantly, fun to build. Especially amongst their new releases, attention has clearly been paid towards the quality of kit engineering. I have to admit now that I am a huge fan of their products, and indeed it was this interest that got me to pick up an Archer kit from Wheels and Wings Hobbies in Toronto over the summer.
In essence, this is a similar kit to Tamiya's recent Valentine in 1:35 scale, with some sprues being used from that kit. The tracks are link-length, a feature that has become common on Tamiya kits as of late. While there is no engine detail, a very well-detailed fighting compartment can be made, including a very good 17-pdr cannon (the barrel is slide-moulded, thank goodness), a wealth of ammunition, and the drivers position. However, note that this area of the kit is not as detailed as Bronco's offering. An example is the radio, so where Bronco offers an entire subassembly dedicated just to making headphones for an incredibly intricate radio set, Tamiya offers only the shape of the radio covered in it's canvas container. Markings are supplied for Polish, British, and Canadian anti-tank units. Three figures are included, and they are excellent. The positioning options for the figures would certainly lend themselves well to making a dynamic diorama.
I began this build by building up the hull, which came in a handful of pieces. It's a good way to easily make a detailed hull without any fear of warp issues, and is becoming more common in 1:35 scale. Then, breaking from the manual, I began work on the driver's position, which has some detailed areas that had to be painted first. Work on the upper hull then commenced, with the main assemblies being the superstructure around the fighting compartment and the engine deck. Overall, there isn't really a great deal to say about these stages, because, frankly, Tamiya has done such a good job of keeping this build straightforward. Where things began to become interesting was working on the interior. While not necessarily detailed to a MiniArt or Bronco standard, this kit did the job. The 17-pdr was a fairly large assembly, with quite a few parts going into it. I would suggest painting and detailing the interior prior to installing the gun, as it covers up much of the floor. I only installed a few shells to give the impression the Archer had been in fierce combat. Tracks were then assembled, and overall they went together well. No complaints, but if you're thinking of buying aftermarket for this kit, see if you can pick up some metal tracks. The Archer has enough track sag that metal tracks would be a worthy investment. Once the tracks were installed, I added some MiniArt British Bags to add some interest to the build.
Painting and weathering
The kit was painted overall in Mission Models Olive Drab, then chipped with Cold Rolled Steel. I added a figure to the build from MiniArt's Winter British Tank Crew, which was painted with Mission Dunkelgelb 1944-45, and accentuated with Tamiya Black Panel-Liner (if you've read my prior reviews, you may notice that this is my go-to detailing solution.) Mission Models Insignia White was sprayed onto the breech detail of the 17-pdr, and decals for the Canadian 3rd Division were then applied. The decals were good, and settled in well after a coat of flat clear.
I wanted to represent a Canadian Archer operating in the Netherlands during winter 1945, so after applying AK-Interactive Stirred Earth to the running gear and chassis I began layering some snow effects. The intention was to present an Archer that was caught in a blizzard overnight unexpectedly, so AK Snow Effects paste was carefully layered on vertical surfaces. This was then covered with AK Snow Sprinkles to add a bit of depth to the effect. After that, a bit more chipping was applied, and the build was done!
Highly recommended, especially for fans of Canadian armour.
By 1943, the venerable Soviet T34-76 was getting a bit long in the tooth. As German AFVs such as the Tiger began to appear on the field of battle, this first main variant of the T34 was losing much of it's edge from a technological standpoint. The 76mm cannon it mounted was, although still useful against most targets, simply inadequate for dealing with the most heavily-armoured targets presented by the Wehrmacht, and would eventually lead to the development of the T34-85. The other area where the T34-76 was depreciating was it's survivability, specifically with regards to the level of armour protection it had. In the opening stages of Operation Barbarossa, the Nazi invasion of the USSR in 1941, the T34 and it's relatively thick armour caused great concern for field commanders, who often would have to resort to using field guns to knock these tanks out. This concern led to the Wehrmacht sending more towed anti-tank guns to the Eastern Front, such as the 5cm and 7.5cm guns (both of which would also be mounted on Panzer III and IVs). Simply put, by 1943 the T34-76 was becoming obsolete, and needed some quick upgrades to remain competent on the battlefield.
To improve armour protection, Soviet designers at the Krasnoye Sormovo tank factory produced 68 modified T34-76 tanks protected by spaced armour panels around the turret, hull sides, and the upper track runs. These panels were around 16mm thick, and were supposed to reduce the effectiveness of German kinetic penetrators by reducing the kinetic energy they hit the base armour plate with. These tanks would see action in summer 1943, with many being lost to anti-tank guns.
Border Model is a fairly new player in the scale model industry, and has been releasing some very interesting kits as of late. This T34 kit was released in mid-2020 and includes parts to build either a T34-E or a standard T34-76 from Plant No. 112. This was a kit I was very interested in building from the moment it was announced, and the kit certainly promised quite a bit of interest.
Let's break it down: the Border Model T34-E kit comes with two build options, workable tracks, working suspension, a turret interior, photoetch and clear parts, stowage, metal tow cables, and a turned metal barrel with rifling detail (!). Lot's of buzzwords, and for the most part Border delivers a kit with all these features in a nicely-detailed wooden box.
I started this project in late December 2020, and finished in early January 2021. The build began with construction of the suspension, actuated by metal springs included in the kit. The first steps cover the construction of the lower hull detail, as well as the road wheels, idler wheels, and drive sprockets. Next, detail is added to the upper hull in some straightforward steps, and photoetch screens are added to the engine intakes. The kit then has you assemble the gun breech detail, which is then inserted into the turret. After joining the two halves of the turret, spaced armour is then applied. The tracks were then joined and attached to the running gear, and then covered by the side skirts.
Painting and weathering
The kit was painted in Dark Green from Mission Models after a black priming coat. Faded Russian Dark Green was then painted on exposed surfaces, and chipping applied with a graphite pencil. AK Light Rust was diluted and applied over chipped surfaces, as well as on the exhausts. Black Panel-Liner from Tamiya was reduced and used to accentuate rivets, etc. AK Stirred Earth acrylic paste was applied onto the side skirts to represent mud splashes. The tracks were painted with Black and NATO Black from Mission Models, and exposed metal surfaces were created by rubbing a graphite pencil over the assembled track lengths. Some dirt was added with AK's Track Wash. Decals from the kit were applied without any additional product. Streaking was primarily made with AMMO Accumulated Earth.
The good, the bad, and the ugly
The marketing for this kit promised a great deal of features, and for the most part, I would say that experienced modelmakers can make these features (workable suspension etc) work for them. However, this is not to say this kit is for beginners. This is partially evidenced by the fact that Border had to include a revision sheet with their instructions. There are, to be frank, serious issues with this kit. It's good because it's one of the finer T34 kits on the market, in my opinion, and because it represents an interesting variant with lots of detail. The bad, though, should not be discounted by this. This kit has some annoyances in that the workable suspension is finicky to assemble correctly and won't actuate very well without adding some metal plate to the lower hull to increase weight. Furthermore, turret detail is extremely simple, and not really worth mentioning. The ugly, however, is the reason why I would advise that this kit is not for beginners or people who just want to have an easy build. Simply put, the tracks are pure torment to assemble properly. Okay, maybe not, but you get the point. To their credit, Border did a fantastic job with the detail on the tracks (just look at those casting numbers!), and in theory they should be an easy subassembly, but they are not. The first issue is that each track link has five connection points on the sprue, so get ready for some tedious work cutting them out and sanding down burrs. The way the tracks go together is that you have to click the female and male tracks together, which secures the pivot. The female track links have two tiny holes on the connection points, while the male links have two little pins. The idea is that these pins get pressed into the holes to such an extent that the tracks will just click together. This technically works, but the connections are so weak that even airbrushing the track runs will cause them to fall apart. Border would have been better off making some nicely-detailed vinyl tracks, considering more than half the run is hidden anyways.
Overall though, the kit is still really good. I would recommend it for any fans of Russian armour with some previous experience building kits with high parts counts.
(Photo from the MiniArt website)
This was the first full kit I built from MiniArt, and I was more than impressed with it. In many ways, this kit was one of the more enjoyable builds I've worked on.
The Dingo was a lightly-armoured scout car used by commonwealth forces during the Second World War. Dingos were primarily used for reconnaissance, but also saw some action in armoured car regiments. The Canadian army used a variant of the Dingo built by Ford, named the Lynx.
This is the first of a number of kits built by MiniArt that represent the Dingo platform. The kit represents the Mk.1b variant of the Dingo in 218 polystyrene parts, as well as a photoetch fret and decal sheet. The kit offers the modeller the opportunity to build a detailed chassis, driver's compartment, and three crew figures. It is moulded in the soft polystyrene typical of a MiniArt kit, and is of the absolute highest quality. Attention should be paid especially to the excellent work by the designers in making such details as welding beads on the hull, as well as the interior, which offers some interesting weathering opportunities.
I built this kit in April of 2020 as something to do during quarantine. The kit retailed for around $40 CAD on Amazon (which, interestingly enough, is a great place for people who like MiniArt kits to find their latest offerings. Shipping is efficient, and the prices are pretty reasonable.)
The build begins with the driver's compartment, covering steps 1-23 (!). The build stages are straightforward, and easy to follow along. The interior is very nicely detailed, and fortunately it can easily be shown off as the armoured covers for the roof can be shown pulled-back.
Next up, steps 24-31 focus on building up the chassis. MiniArt did a good job with this element of the model, as there is a wealth of detail on an area which other manufacturers tend to forget about. Be aware of some fiddly bits though, make sure not to let the carpet monster eat up any steering rods!
The remaining steps focus on detailing the exterior of the Dingo and attaching the wheels. There is no engine detail in this kit, but this is not really an issue because enough attention is pulled in by the driver's compartment to make up for this. The wheels are absolutely fantastic. Although they don't have flat spots moulded in, the quality more than compensates for this. No mould lines to speak of.
MiniArt provides some photoetch mudguards and tool clamps as well, and these can be used to add some nice bits of interest around the hull.
This is one of the final models I brush-painted. Using copious amounts of foamy hand sanitizer I laid down a coat of Tamiya's XF-62 Olive Drab on the exposed surfaces, and some Rubber Black on the tires. The interior was weathered primarily with Brown Panel-Liner from Tamiya overtop some sponge-chipped X-10 Gunmetal. On the exterior, I used a sponge to chip X-10 along edges, and some Sienna pigment mixed with panel-liner to create mud effects. Decals were actually from an old Tamiya Universal Carrier, used to represent a Dingo in Northwestern Europe.
Since I opted not to make a desert scheme, I used MiniArt's British Tank Crew (Winter) to add some life to the kit. The figures are also well detailed, and went together well. A bicycle from Tamiya's British Paratroopers kit was fixed with thin wire to the right side of the vehicle to add some interest as well.
Thanks for checking out the new blog! Here the reader will be able to find updates on products, future releases, progress updates on new features, as well as general thoughts on news in the hobby industry. Kit reviews will be posted as well, and there are a few already in the pipeline.
Per the title, I would like to inform visitors to the website that I am now accepting commissions and custom orders. If you would like a specific set of decals made, or even a full kit built to order, please send an email to me through the contact page.
Entry No. 11: Aoshima Prius Mini-Review
17 Mar, 2021
Entry No. 10: Tamiya Type 16 MCV Review
4 Mar, 2021
Entry No. 9: Bronco T17E1 MLRS review
9 Feb, 2021
Entry No. 8: New decal kit available for Ontario Regiment tanks!
5 Feb, 2021
Entry No. 7: The Tamiya M4A3E8 in brief
2 Feb, 2021
Entry No. 6: Brief update
29 Jan, 2021
Entry No. 5: Tamiya's early 2021 releases
25 Jan, 2021