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New Review: MENG- British FV510 Warrior TES(H) AIFV


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Allan Murrell
Meng Model

MENG has released a new tool kit of this great British AFV, which I have always wanted to have in my collection.  

I jumped at the opportunity to review this kit for two reasons, firstly I love the look of this vehicle and it's a British AFV with no other offerings in this scale on the market.

In the box is;

  • 5 x very light grey Sprues
  • 1 x clear sprue
  • 1 x Upper Hull in light grey
  • 1 x Turret in light grey
  • 1 x Lower hull in light grey
  • 1 x small Decal sheet
  • Track links
  • 1 x Metal Gun Barrel
  • Polycarp's - Big and small
  • 1 x Photo etch sheets (small)
  • 1x Instruction booklet
  • Data sheets

The kit consists of a very well details and molded sprues. A couple of great additions to the kit are the PE masks for the wheels and the Track pads. Also, the PE is all pre-cut and do not need clipping from the sheet which is an awesome idea that I hope other will do as this makes PE so much more workable. They also include a small tool for assembling the tracks.

 

Construction:

Stages 1 and 2 is the construction of the lower hull suspension and torsion bars. Which was easy to complete.

Stages 3 to 5 are attaching details to the upper hull.

Stages 6 to 7 assemble the hull and add the rear door bulkhead.

Stages 8 to 10 assemble the road wheels etc. I did not attach the wheels at this stage as that will be after the main painting.

Stage 11 is the track assembly, again I did not assembly to the Warrior at this point. The track assembly was very easy once I got into the swing of it using the provided tool. You have to be careful lining the pins up as they can be bend very easily and I did ruin a couple the first go.

Stages 12 to 22 adds more details to the hull and all when together well.

Stage 23 and 24 add the rear tool box and AC unit. Here I did add some PE from my spares box to improve the A/C mesh/grills which were the only area on the kit I did feel was not as good as it could be.

Stages 25 to 27 add the main hull bar armor which is very good.

Stages 28 to 37 are the assembly of the Turret. This too was a very easy build.

Stage 38 adds the turret and metal barrel which I did out in some metal burnishing liquid overnight.

Now I did the priming and main painting. Next I attached the road wheels, mud guards and then tracks.

This was awesome build and I enjoyed every minute of it. I would have liked a few more options on the decals and schemes.

 

Summary:

This was a fantastic kit, it goes together like a dream and I highly recommend it.

Thanks go to MENG models for providing this kit to review and IPMS USA for allowing me to review it for them.

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