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 in 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.
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 in a breath.
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 of the front side, the front part of the caterpillar is mostly hidden by the side fender.
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 to make it when opening the box for the first time in a while. It takes a while to remember. It takes time to remember if I left for years.
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 a 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.
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 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.
I don’t know the name of the marking 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 a 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.
To be sure, this tank was a very expensive price. I think that there is no choice because there are many parts including the interior. I think that it is a rare AFV kit of an amphibious personnel transportation vehicle.
After assembling Tamiya’s SU-122, I felt this kit had 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 love interior building.
I am interested in models of tanks, airplanes, ships, military figures, I build it little by little when I feel like it. I am also interested in the history of war. My starting is Tamiya’s Military Miniature series in the elementary school.
From elementary school through university students repeatedly suspend and restart my modeling, it’s about 25 years of this hobby’s history.
Born in February 1970, I live in Tokyo. From February 2007 I was quietly doing a site called “Miniature-Arcadia”. It is being transferred to this blog with the same name from December 2016. My update pace is uneven, but please come to see here occasionally.