I am back...finally. After recovering from my daughter's wedding, then having my computer crash and having to go through the pain of data recovery and having the hard drive replaced, it was only two months old.
I have an update.
I have continued with the build. So far, I have gotten through about step 30. These steps have you start the interior of the hull. I did deviate a bit here from the instructions.
The instructions would have you build and add details to each inner wall section, then glue them onto the outer side hull sections. Once they are joined, they call for you to paint the lower hull a blue-gray color and the side walls/hull sides white. After painting and detailing, you are then to glue the side hull pieces onto the lower hull part. To me, this would leave very weak joints where the hull sides meet the hull bottom. This is a crucial joint to keep the hull all together and in one piece.
My method is to glue the hull sides to the lower hull first. Then paint and detail the inner hull wall sections and the hull tub separately. Once everything is dry, I will then add the inner side walls to the very secure hull sides and bottom. The side walls just slide into place. I don't know why they have you do it the other way, but this works better for me.
Here is the completed hull. I also jumped ahead a bit and added the rear hull piece to secure everything before painting.
The outer side of the hull. There were a lot of fidly pieces here to add. They include very nice position lights and a small horn. There were also more pieces for the suspension in the form of bump stops for the roadwheel arms and little detail pieces on the final drive housings. The front idler mounts were also added.
These are the interior detail pieces. They include both side walls, a rear wall, seat, and a very detailed compressor.
Driver's (left) side wall.
Right side wall.
Rear wall with very nice PE fan and small PE clips.
Close up of the compressor. There are 14 pieces just in this assembly. Everything is very detailed and looks great.
There are still a bunch of detail pieces to add all over the inner wall sections. The most items to still be added are all the ammo. There are 36 rounds to add onto the hull walls. There are also a few fire extinguishers, bags, hull-mounted 12.7mm machine gun, and ammo boxes to add as well.
Next up is painting the hull blue-gray and the walls white. Then on to all the detail painting and adding the detail bits.