Meng’s armor kits are mostly very well engineered and produced but there are some areas that will need special attention. The parts that make up the huge blade are long and somewhat flexible. I was unable to get the gap closed on the back part of the blade, as you see below. After the Tamiya Extra Thin cement had cured, I stretched a length of sprue and put it in place, then painted it with the Tamiya cement. This can be sanded as needed. It can, whilst being dissolved by the cement also be smoothed almost flat, or into the proper contour as well, with minimal sanding needed after it cures. The ejector pin marks are on the bottom of the blade so probably won’t be seen, but still, they are ugly, not appropriate and needed to go.

The hydraulic positioning arm needs bolt heads which are conveniently supplied by Meng on the sprue that holds the arm parts. I was doubtful about the recommendation to slice them off and glue them to the arm mechanism, but this worked a treat with a sharp scalpel blade.

The completed blade looks very massive and brutal, which the real one is. My plan at this stage is to paint most of it with a metallic base coat to represent steel, then use the salt “chipping” method to represent the worn, scraped and chipped paint, revealing the under coat of steel paint. Probably add a modest amount of dirt and mud as well.

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