The AFV Club Stryker. I built it from April to June 2009.
It is a state-of-the-art infantry carrier vehicle of the U.S. Army. It was out of stock almost in Japan and ordered to Hong Kong at the end of last year. Ｉ received it about two months ago. It has been rolling in the corner of my room. I almost forget about it…..
Joint of parts seems to have improved greatly though it is the same manufacturer of Stuart M3. The Michelin tire has real texture.
It is like a puzzle to put the tiny parts on the outer shell, It’s very interesting.
Becoming close completion little by little. It is multi material assembly to use rubber and the etched parts.
Assembly was completed.
Since strength was weak, Ｉ made the antenna in the brass line, though there was an instruction to make them from the extending runner.
It is a precise structure of machine-gun.
I painted the basic color of Stryker. But the feeling, imagination and this color are a little bit different.
The Stryker is an eight-wheel armored vehicle developed based on the Pyranja developed in Switzerland. The crew is two, and nine infantrymen can board. It can be also possible to carry in the air transport, and deploy the forces all over the world.
I think it’s the best kit of the AFV club. I can assemble with no stress, even there were a lot of detailed parts.
The tint is different from a real AFV. I suppose it should be thicker and darker. Some photographs seem to have lightened too much.
If I used the petrol with washing too much, a dry mark might become irregularly appeared though the paint film of Humbrol is quite strong. And petrol violates the paint film to make crumples. There’s a case the wrinkle disappears after dry, but I suppose it’s risky method.
I recovered the paintwork to blow the basic color again. When I express the pastel too much, the recovery is difficult.
On the upper armor, I did pastel work too much and difficult to recover it. But dusty weathering is matched with the Middle East climate.
The photograph from up front. There is a lot of detailed molding.
I should have added the accessory more and set up the feeling of the actual combat.
I installed the resin head in a Dragon’s old figure.
I think that I was able to paint the handle and the metal part such as shovels quite well.
I think we need to be careful that transparent parts of the AFV club becomes cloudy white or melt when it touches the enamel thinner. I bonded them with a transparent epoxy adhesive at the end of all steps this time. The vertical line of thin clearing parts has disappeared when a right headlight touched the epoxy adhesive…..
A whole shot with antenna is quite good-looking.
Painting was not so good this time, but I could enjoy the assembly process. Eight tires are very strong impact. Forming is also excellent. This kit is wonderful.