So, this is my second model after building a Zvezda ISU-152.
(pic link if you’re interested: https://forums.kitmaker.net/uploads/default/original/3X/3/3/33426632a3013e95a0e1a9de2c90dee9ddca794f.jpeg
The kit appears to be well made but it’s full imprecisions, like wheel arms not automatically aligning with the wheels of the other side, had to manually twist them while the glue was fresh forcing the pre-made holes which were all wrong.
Also, the wheel placement is definitely asymmetric, don’t if this is intended (my second model!) but the wheels are in different places.
Also, many “holes” for the pieces were clogged by thick melted leftover, I needed hand drill intervention more than once.
However, what is really grating on my nerves is the abundance of “pointless” details.
The kit is a closed one with no interior. Then why adding an internal periscope? I glued that without even realizing it. All hatches are openable, but the hinges cannot hold the hatches firmly in place, so they “dance” around. I decided to glue them shut and get on with it.
There’s a fully modeled machine-gun while only the barrel point shows up, mounted on a mobile ball bearing making stuff more complicated.
But this really brought to my wits end:
Instruction explicitly tell me to glue the hatch by the hinges. Won’t this basically make it stuck?
Then why did I even assembled and mounted that engine block?
May that was just added for people who want to have a permanently opened engine compartment?
I tried to add it without glue, it holds, but barely.