The majority of the engine and chassis assemblies are now done and painted. Note in the photos how fine the detail has been represented in styrene. Good paint and dry brushing has brought this out. I used white and black oil paint mixed to a light gray to dry brush the Tamiya acrylic NATO Black paint. Various engine springs were highlighted with Andrea brass paint. The wooden floor boards and commander’s platform were first painted with Tamiya acrylic red, then given a coat of burnt umber oil which was then lightly dotted with specs of black oil paint and then blended. This gives the red painted floor boards a slightly oily used look.

The internal mechanical, cooling and propulsion systems now lack only the cooling assemblies.

I’ve had a few very minor fit issues stemming mainly from poor illustrations. The linkage assemblies are complex enough that Meng should have taken more pains to have added detail drawings that more clearly delineated their relative positions and fit. Some test fitting and looking at the mounting points usually solved those minor puzzles.

So far this has been fun and instructive and I’m getting a better sense of how these things were designed and built.

Now I am ready to build the engine cover. These machines would have been more intolerable and perhaps impossible to man had the engine not been covered and isolated from the crew. Since most of the interior won’t be visible if I don’t leave the roof and or sponsons unglued, most of the engine won’t be seen anyway.

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