So here are the models assembled!
Thankfully, these vehicles came together without any major hassle, despite my ham-fistedness (I've put on one of the truck wheels a bit wonky, which I'll have to re-do at some stage.)
I had to use some tiny blobs of Milliput to help hold the hatches on the armoured car in place, and on the truck, attaching the straps that run from the cab canopy to the grille (not pictured above) made me think a little, but otherwise these blighters were easy to build.
Mike from 1st Corps has kindly answered a couple of points from my previous post:
The figure in tank-top does come with the armoured car.
The truck I've got has the early war wheels. There is a late war set of solid wheels which are made to fit without the need to pin.
Time to slap on some paint...
For the armoured car I went for a pseudo slow dazzle camouflage effect.
To tell you the truth in retrospect I'm not very happy with my paintwork - it certainly doesn't do the model justice in my opinion, but it'll have to do. (I'm rather pleased with the chap poking out of the hatch though - a conversion job from the lead pile with a Greenstuff Major Bloodnock nose!)
I'm much happier with how the truck came out (apart from the wonky wheel).
I experimented with a black undercoat and drybrushed base coat method for the main truck body, and I think it worked rather well. Alas you can't see the figures very well in the photos.
I've left the truck bed canopy removable.
Here are some size comparison pics...
|Truck between a Matchbox Crossley and a 1/50 Corgi steam lorry|
|Armoured car between a Warlord M3 and a converted 1/48 Tamiya car|
Going by my experiences so far, I heartily recommend 1st Corps' stuff - the vehicles didn't take much cleaning up and any problems in the construction were down to my own ineptitude. They paint up rather nicely too and Mr. Tank-top now ranks as one of the favourite minis in my collection!
For my next step I've hacked at some more spare figures to fit in the A/C hatch, enabling me to use it for various factions - watch this space...