I will try making the modern US AFV after a long absence. I wonder if I can call it Hobby Boss’s Sea Dragon. It will be pretty large size when it is completed. This model has too many parts and has interrupted assembly several times in the past. Recently it began to shape.
It is an amphibious vehicle, it has screws on both sides. How to install the screws was a little confusing.
Now attaching the road wheels. When is this kit released? The parts fitting is not so good.
When pushing the sprocket wheel to the end, the caterpillar is not aligned with the roller so I need to be careful. Assembling the caterpillar seems to have trouble. I don’t get much fun this time.
The caterpillar is difficult to assemble. It’s a snap-in connection caterpillar, but it does not fit well. I think I’m ignoring the merit of the movable caterpillar and arranging them in one line and roll up at a breath.
The Hobby Boss and Trumpeter are group companies? Although the Trumpeter’s AFV and airplane plastic models are easy to assemble, I can’t say the Hobby Boss is a nice model, It’s strange.
The interior is reproduced, it’s a fine detail. I think the half of the parts volume is inside of the AFV. Parts matching is not bad.
The assembly of the caterpillar is unexpectedly difficult. Parts were badly fitted and could not be rolled up as a movable belt. As usual with the pouring adhesive, roll the track belt all at once, it is possible to adjust the length the front side, the front part of the caterpillar is mostly hidden by the side fender.
It is probably about this assembling situation before internal painting.
To tell the truth, I made it to this point and left it for a few months because a lot of parts were bothered. I do not know how making it when opening the box for the first time in a while. It takes a while to remember. It takes a time to remember if I left for years.
The turret of the AAVP is quite small, or perhaps because the tank body is big and the turret is contrary looks small. It is difficult to assemble a turret, but the interior is well reproduced.
It seems to be difficult to paint when assembling anymore, so I did the painting process at this point. I wonder to do the weathering hard or nothing.
I cannot see such a detailed part from the top, but the decal of the fire extinguisher seems to be effective for giving a pretty precise feeling.
Although I am reading the instructions carefully, there is only a color guide of the exterior, there is no instruction of the interior detailed painting at all.
Perhaps I might have made a mistake somewhere, there are gaps and steps at the upper and lower joint line. I fixed it with putty, but maybe I had not had any difficulty if I checked more careful inspection in advance. It is a regrettable part, though it might become less noticeable if the surface treatment is done well, and camouflage is painted.
Because the strength of the AFV frame became weak, the rear hatch got stuck firmly. Inside the paint was done easily, mainly the part visible from the big hatch on the top. I used a lot of decals for the interior, it was interesting to improve the appearance.
I compared the size of AAVP with German half-track Sd.Kfz251 of Zvezda making halfway. The size is quite different, even on the same scale of 1/35.
Mr. Color C312 Green FS34227 and red-brown were painted. The green of the modern US military vehicle is difficult. Even if painted according to the instructions, it is sometimes different from my own image. This time I painted with the paint guide.
Black area, I began to paint with tire black, but this is not black at all and it is pretty bright gray. So I mixed tire black, German gray and matte black appropriately and painted it with considerably dark gray.
It is a kind of a military transportation vehicle currently active on the front line, an amphibious vehicle with strong weapons. AAVP-7 stands for Assault Amphibious Vehicle Personnel Model 7. Three crew and 25 soldiers can be carried.
As I remember it as a sea dragon, Tamiya just touched on this naming and AAVP usually does not call like this. When I was an elementary school student, Tamiya named the German destroyer tank independently as a Rommel tank, it’s the same pattern.
The weathering was modest and made like a dry trace of water flow. But I am not planning to be conscious of being an amphibious vehicle.
I don’t know the name of the marking’s unit. However, care must be taken when painting with an airbrush, since the green character decal does not look really sharp unless it is painted with black or brown camouflage pattern area.
It was good if a small part was installed after I adhered up and down and the step was neatly filled. It is hard to be shaped after assembly. After all the traces of putty have remained but I would like to say that I cannot see well unless lighting and zoom up to check. Or there was a way to cover them to attach the equipment.
I kept taking pictures as a memorial shoot because I keep all the hatch closed for ordinary decoration. I did little weathering inside.
Interior painting, recently I have been making frequent airplane models, so I feel painting a big cockpit, to be honest, it’s a little bothersome.
The periscope is painted with clear green at first, and clear blue finishes better so I finished it like this.
To be sure, this tank was a very expensive price. I think that there is no choice because there are many parts including interior. I think that it is a rare AFV kit of amphibious personnel transportation vehicle.
After assembling Tamiya’s SU-122, I felt this kit quite a lot of parts. Actually, the number of parts is several times compare to the old Tamiya, and most of the interior of the AFV is reproduced, so it is recommended for those who loves interior building.