With the rivets drilled out, the body shells are all ready for the next stage of their treatment...
|Body shells separated and ready for cleaning.|
A steel file takes care of any obtrusive mould lines and a quick once-over with fine grit wet & dry paper finished them off. I took particular care to ensure the top edges of the troop compartment were free of paint and had a good key for gluing. After this they get a good rub-down all over using a brillo pad (ie. steel wool), then a scrub with an old toothbrush and some washing up liquid to give a good surface onto which I can glue/paint.
|After filing, sanding and steel wool|
I've used 1.5mm thick plasticard for the roof of the troop compartments. I held this in place, flipped each one over and ran a bead of superglue along the inside. The glue gets drawn into the join by capillary action and I don't end up with any unsightly blobs on the outside.
|Basic plastic rectangles trimmed to size|
I'm using all sorts of bits for this project. Behold my construction table - A2 cutting mat, a couple of craft knives, razor blade, heavy duty 60cm aluminium ruler, an assortment of 1mm and 0.5mm brass rod plus several different sizes of brass tube, plasticard, square section plastic rod (in various sizes), polycement, wet and dry paper, toothbrush, assorted plastic angle sections (H-beams, I-beams, T-section and L-section), a couple of plastic boxes containing jerry cans and general stowage.
|An assortment of the stuff I use.|
My APCs will need some sort of top hatch, I've fashioned these out of 0.5mm plasticard apart from the one at the back which has 1.5mm - but more on that later...
|The APCs take shape...|
|Trying a couple of The Scene's vents.|
|More from The Scene - vent, hatch and A/C unit|
|OTT stowage and bits.|
|OTT stowage and bits rear view.|
|Some more details added.|
|The hatches now have hinges.|
I found a couple of old metal backpacks in my bits box. I don't know where they came from but they'll make some nice extras for a couple of the vehicles.
|Some backpacks as extra stowage.|
|Finished (until I think of something else to add...)|
|Ready for painting.|