I have just received the Scammell R100 and SV/2S from Thunder Model. The kits are very nice and will build into a beautiful model out of the box, but as always, theres room for improvement with some cables and additional detailing. Thunder model even gives a guide on where to add cables and lines to the chassis!!
I have decided to start both of these kits together and build them simultaneously. The builds are very similar with some differences in the chassis rails and the obvious differences around the rear end bodywork.
I will also add some notes as I go. I have learned some ways to simplify the build by simply adding parts ahead of the instructions. I am by no means a professional modeller and am not trying to tell anyone how to build a model.. I'm just offering some advice.
So, here goes...
I'll start with some advice..
On sprue A you will find the Winch brake lever. This part isn't used yet but as it has a sink mark on both sides it is worth filling it now so that you dont have to halt your build during cab assembly.
After some Mr Surfacer and a quick sand it looks better...
I would also recommend assembling the radiator filler cap part to the radiator header tank now as there a joint that needs attention. Again, I will use Mr Surfacer once the glue dries.
On with the build....
I will follow the instructions for this thread, which for me is unheard of, but I don't want to confuse everyone with darting forwards and back through the manual.
The engine is covered in five steps, including the assembly and fitting of the radiator to the engine. I haven't fitted the radiator at this point as it will be very easily broken off and alignment will be easier once the chassis is built.
I will recommend some changes here in the sequence of operations..
Add part B20 now, which is the exhaust manifold to downpipe flange. This will allow the manifold to be fully painted now without being destroyed by susequent fitting of the flange.
Add inlet pipework B31 and air filter flange C18 now as well. Ensure you get the orientation of part C18 correct, ie:- The cylindrical air filter fits onto it.This has two benefits.. you can paint the rocker covers without having to glue anything to them and it gives some support for the pipework part D14.
Here are all the parts required for two engines...
Here we can see the cylinder heads assembled and drilled ready for diesel injection pipes. Note I have also opened up the rectangular blocks on top of one of them. These were sheet metal fabrications and will more than likely appear as part of a PE upgrade set one day?
We can also see the radiator header tanks with the gap filled on one of them.
On the subject of radiators, here's a comparison between the old and new radiator grilles. If you don't have the newer 7 bar grille, go to Thunder Models website and read up on how you can obtain one for the princely sum of one Euro!!
The moulding on these parts is exquisite. You'd think they are resin.