The instruction sheet was pretty simple and easy to follow. You only need 16 parts for this kit. As you all have come to know, assembly isn't my thing. I found that this kit fit together well and was pretty darn easy to follow. I did notice that a little bit of the rear fender needed slight trimming to get the tracks to fit in without a squeeze.
I really like all of the options for stowage and what not. There are all kinds of options to make your halftracks distinctive, but I think less is more - I had no desire to build 'Death Star' halftracks. As with other PSC kits, the undercarriage is completely modeled, making these a great option for a vignette or objective marker with a wrecked halftrack.
One thing that I have been disappointed with in the past are the crew figures supplied by PSC. I have often replaced the weird looking crew with other manufacturers' figures. In this case, however, the crew is one of the big highlights of the kit. I think that PSC has done a great job of giving some cool poses and great sculpts with this kit. When I showed the finished model to Steven and Luke, they both thought that the detailed and well posed crew was a great part of this kit.
I wanted to go all-out on these, so I dug up some Battlefront and Dom's decals I had lying around. They went on easy and I think they look nice. With the ultra-smooth flat plastic surfaces, some edges of the decals can be seen at certain angles -- unavoidable.
|Battlefront model (with backwards tracks...) on the left, PSC on the right.|
- lots of options for stowage and guns
- crew models are great
- easy to assemble, with good instructions
- completely modeled under carriage
- assembly is a little more time than other manufacturers, if modeling isn't your thing
- the tarp stowage is too flat and textureless
- Nothing! These are fine!
Conclusion: 10/10 Unditching Rollers
I really like this kit. There are a ton of options and some great improvements over previous kits -- especially the crew and the instructions. For $26USD, this can't be beat.
All models provided by The Plastic Soldier Company