British FV510 Warrior TES(H) AIFV
MENG has released a new tool kit of this great British AFV, which I have always wanted to have in my collection.
I jumped at the opportunity to review this kit for two reasons, firstly I love the look of this vehicle and it’s a British AFV with no other offerings in this scale on the market.
In the box is:
- 5 x very light grey sprues
- 1 clear sprue
- 1 upper hull in light grey
- 1 turret in light grey
- 1 lower hull in light grey
- 1 small decal sheet
- track links
- 1 metal gun barrel
- polycap’s - big and small
- 1 photoetch sheets (small)
- 1 instruction booklet
- data sheets
The kit consists of a very well details and molded sprues. A couple of great additions to the kit are the PE masks for the wheels and the Track pads. Also, the PE is all pre-cut and do not need clipping from the sheet which is an awesome idea that I hope other will do as this makes PE so much more workable. They also include a small tool for assembling the tracks.
- Stages 1 and 2 is the construction of the lower hull suspension and torsion bars. Which was easy to complete.
- Stages 3 to 5 are attaching details to the upper hull.
- Stages 6 to 7 assemble the hull and add the rear door bulkhead.
- Stages 8 to 10 assemble the road wheels etc. I did not attach the wheels at this stage as that will be after the main painting.
- Stage 11 is the track assembly, again I did not assembly to the Warrior at this point. The track assembly was very easy once I got into the swing of it using the provided tool. You have to be careful lining the pins up as they can be bend very easily and I did ruin a couple the first go.
- Stages 12 to 22 adds more details to the hull and all when together well.
- Stage 23 and 24 add the rear tool box and AC unit. Here I did add some PE from my spares box to improve the A/C mesh/grills which were the only area on the kit I did feel was not as good as it could be.
- Stages 25 to 27 add the main hull bar armor which is very good.
- Stages 28 to 37 are the assembly of the Turret. This too was a very easy build.
- Stage 38 adds the turret and metal barrel which I did out in some metal burnishing liquid overnight.
Now I did the priming and main painting. Next I attached the road wheels, mud guards and then tracks.
This was awesome build and I enjoyed every minute of it. I would have liked a few more options on the decals and schemes.
This was a fantastic kit, it goes together like a dream and I highly recommend it.
Thanks go to MENG models for providing this kit to review and IPMS USA for allowing me to review it for them.