This second part wraps up the construction of the kit with a little addition from Lion Roar's workable clamps.
Continuing from Part 1, we revisit some of the steps which were skipped:
Step 7: Rear Hull and exhaust: As the option with the smoke candles were chosen, a bit or work on the PE is required. A bit of care is required for the exhaust grille and as I could not get any reference pics for a proper fit, the bolt connecting tabs required some guestimate. Part E8 needs to be extended to fit over the grille. Instead, I reworked the part with a thin plastic card.
Step 9: Lamps, lights, stowage and horns. This step was quite straighforward except for the PE grille to hold the jerry cans, including the cans. A bit of filing for the can tabs is required to let the part MB2 fit well in between 2 halves. There also appear to be no reference or tab to fit the neck of the can so some reference pictures are required. You will also need to trim the locator pins of the jack holders which are attached to the chequered side platforms. Without trimming, the holders will not sit well. Its a strange thing that Dragon did not include the tow cables which is so much of a character for the Pz1s.
Step 11: Hull attachements: The spade and axe had a bit of extra worked done with the addition of the Lion Roar workable tool clamps. If you decide not to do that, you will need to trim the locator tab as well.
Step 12:Hull attachments: Parts B5 is missing a holding pin which is depicted in the diagram. Clearly this was overlooked but need no major work. A bit of liquid cement will quickly allow joining to the plates.
Step 13: Hull attachement: The wooden stowage box strap ( Part B39) was upgraded with a bit of brass scrap. The only other major problem needing some thought is that the 6 cans grille work is too long to fit the fenders at the rear and some form of holding strip has to be improvised later. The fire extinguisher and turning bar is opt located at the front fenders.
That concludes the kit construction in the most part and the next section will be on the painting and weathering of the kit. its quite an easy kit to build as I only spent close to 15 hours to this stage. Except for the minor adjustments required and some putty filling before painting, this is quite a gem of a kit. Highly recommended and Happy modelling.