Well, 3 months since the last post, what can I say, I've been slack.
After an incident involving some major battle damage to 5 kits, 4 declared as right-offs and one kit being salvageable I didn't have any heart to touch my workbench for over a month even though I had just started Meng's T-90A. After this I've had two complete computer builds (myself and my wife) with rebuilds for the kids computers with all the associated "dramas" that tend to follow tech around. Since that settled down in the last month or so I have restarted the T-90A and bought two kits back from the shelf of doom. Trumpeters E-75 and tasca's Sherman Firefly VC.
Trumpeters E-75 was a bit of a disappointing kit I discovered after I started it so I've just done bits here and there. Currently working on finishing its tracks (donated indie links I bought for my Tamiya King Tiger that I didn't use).While it is relitivly one of their more recent kits (2010) some parts are more reminiscant of some of their early stuff.
tasca's Sherman Firefly VC is a nice enough kit but it does suffer from having next to no English instructions making it a very frustrating build that I have made a few mistakes on here and there. Tamiya have re-released this kit under their own brand in the last couple of months so I have been toying with picking it up under their branding as Tamiya are known for usually clear instructions.
As for Meng's T-90A. First impressions are its a VERY nice kit but after doing a bit of work on it I must say I'm not as impressed. The detail IS great but Mengs inexperience in manual design and some parts deign still needs work. There Merkava 3D (currently sitting on my shelf of doom, soon to come off I hope now that I have found a suitable anti-slip coating) is more obvious in its problems so considering they (Meng) are still relative newcomers to the kit manufacturing scene I would be happy to build more of their stuff. One issue though really need to work on is sprue quality. A part on my Merkava was short shot and a part on the T-90 was either short shot or broken (though I couldn't find other part) I cant guarantee which one it is.
Anyways I will have some new pages up for these three builds in the next couple of days (assuming no problems)
But on a good note fathers day bought some nice pressies along notably Takom's Leopard 1A5/C2 Combo kit, AFV Clubs clear hull T-34/76, three Trumpeter kits (T-62 BDD, T-64 BV and KV-122) and Tamiya's Jagdpanther (late). The last was request from the misses that I build for her (She has enjoyed playing the German Tank Destroyer line on WoT of late).