Trumpeter ASLAV-25 (Reconnaissance) (#00392)
This was the first Trumpeter kit I ever purchased (and built), while many of their early kits may of been of questionable accuracy and or fit I must say overall this was a nice kit to build with few overall issues.
Included in the box is 6 sprues of various sizes, a clear sprue and 3 sheets of photo-etch (of which this was my first experience of more than a few parts).
The suspension, wheels and hull went together cleanly with only one problem, which was I glued the propellers on upside down, but that was my fault not the kits or instructions).
Problems with the kit began with the photo-etch around the turret baskets. The first was the Photo-Etch for the turret basket floor should be in the inside not outside (or below) as directed on the instructions. The second is that the Photo-Etch on the turret basket sides needs to be trimmed before gluing into position as it is too long.
No aerials are supplied though many photos as well as the supplied box art show ASLAVS with three long aerials so I added my own using guitar string (wire). After painting comes another of Trumpeters errors with the kit. Not all of the markings have correct spelling, Photo-Etch stencils have since been released that rectify this and also allow you to accurately apply markings onto multi-coloured camouflaged areas (available from Mouse-House Enterprises).
I dusted the lower hull and wheels with Tamiya 'rust' coloured weathering powder and flicked very thin paint at it to simulate splashed mud. The base is made from plywood covered with a sheet of fine wet/dry sandpaper with air dry clay covered with railway sand. The sign I made out of sprue, sheet styrene and some old Australiana stickers.
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