Throughout the years when building a particular model I’ve encountered, on many occasions, a part to be added that I had no clue what that part actually was on the 1:1 subject or what it’s function is. I won’t say it’s necessary to the completion of the model per say but it would be helpful if kit manufacturers would include a little bit of trivia with their instruction sheet just to give the modeler a better understanding of the overall vehicle or plane. What brings this issue to light came about when I was prepping the ordnance for my latest project, an M548 cargo tractor. I have the kit supplied 203mm shells as well as the AM AFV club 155mm/203mm artillery ammunition. In the AM kit there are 6 turned brass shells that are just beautiful miniature renditions of an artillery projectile, the rest of the kit pieces are injection molded warheads that are equally represented but wait, the plastic shells are different, there’s a large donut ring around the bottom half that looks like a total blunder on the molding process. Well we’ll just fix that I decided and I chucked them all in a 3/8’s drill and swiftly turned those little beauts into the correct appearance. Later I was researching the colors used for artillery shells when I stumbled across an article explaining that the large ring on the projectile is a removable fiberglass collar in place to protect the soft copper ballistic compression ring on the warhead . . . . well shucks. Would’ve been nice to know that before I goofed up the shells, they’re still useable, in fact now easier since I won’t have to paint that copper ring. This reminds me of building AFV’s M113 ACAV, I recall griping about them including un-necessary parts just to raise the kit’s part count, specifically the road wheels come to mind, there are two types of hub caps on the parts tree, turns out after further online research (after the fact) that there were two types of hub caps used on the M113.
Just curious to know what information was excluded on one of your builds that could have made a significant difference during the build or the model’s presentation?