British FV510 Warrior TES(H) AIFV

Published: September 16th, 2020     
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Reviewed by: Allan Murrell - IPMS# 49715
Scale: 1:35
Company: Meng Model
Price: $71.99
Product / Stock #: SS-017
Product provided by: 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 clear sprue
  • 1 upper hull in light grey
  • 1 turret in light grey
  • 1 lower hull in light grey
  • 1 small decal sheet
  • track links
  • 1 metal gun barrel
  • polycap's - big and small
  • 1 photoetch sheets (small)
  • 1 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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