Yet another fit issue when adding the sides, they don’t quite meet up at the front, so some minor filing to get it flush.
The filing allows the join with the driver’s front plate to close up. Despite my vow not to tinker, you can see I’ve had a go at the front track covers to thin them at least a bit from the previous slab like appearance, also to angle them down a touch.
Those big holes on the back start to be filled with the exhausts.
Then the rear track covers, which have also been slimmed down from their oob thickness… More tinkering, which has also stretched to adding weld seams, because otherwise the join just looked like glued plastic.
A curiosity is that there’s a machine gun socket with the gun already in that isn’t mentioned in the instructions from what I could see, as well the one you’re instructed to use that has the gun separately. Neither look great, but seems like someone changed their mind during design. You can also see the shiny untextured cables.
So here is the mg socket in place, as well as the visor, which also didn’t fit too well, needing the locating tab reducing, and the bottom edge needed re-angling so it could sit flush.
Uh… I have really broken my promise now by eliminating the moulded on shovel. It was kind of grating with me and had to go.