by: Jean-Luc Formery [ ]
The kitThe kit is packed in a top opening sturdy cardboard box with a picture of a finished model on it. The resin pieces are all well protected in plastic bags and shredded paper to prevent damage. I found no broken parts in my sample apart from the small and fragile (obviously) handbrake.
The kit consists of two bags of resin parts, a photo etched fret, a decal sheet, a small plastic rod, a clear acetate sheet for the glazings and one instruction booklet. The bigger parts are located in the same bag, while the smaller one share a second.
There are composed of 7 resin castings. The one piece chassis is the most spectacular piece, as it has precise details on both upper and under sides while no pouring block is visible. There is very little flash so cleaning will be easy. I found tiny holes in the chassis but on locations where they won't be visible when construction is done (interior of the cabin). The other parts of "bag one" will build up into the ambulance cabin which is detailled on the outside and the inside to allow it to be displayed open.
While "bag one" is composed of only 7 parts, "bag two" includes the remaining... 60! In it you will find everything needed to complete the model and build it into a highly detailed replica of the real truck: for the vehicle itself a complete engine, a cabin interior, a hood and a front grille, the wheels, the propshaft, the axles, the springs etc... but also details for the medical station inside, especially the nicely done stretchers.
With no doubts, the kit would have made into a nice model as is but Accurate Armor have included a photo etched fret which will bring the kit into an even higher level of precision and accuracy. Along with the decal sheet, this is what dissociates their kits of those produced by more "artisanal" manufacturers. The PE parts will really allow the modeler to make a model on it's own out of the kit, and not anly an accompaniment vehicle for an aircraft in a diorama. It will look great aside a RAF or 8th AF aircraft though, if the latter is build to the same standards of course!
The instructions are printed on two A4 sheets folded so to make an eight pages booklet. The instructions are in color (laser printed) and for sure somewhat unusual for an aircraft modeler in that there are no instruction drawings. The guide is based on pictures of a completed model (although not painted) with written instruction. However, with carefull examination of the photos provided, one should be able to complete the model without too much problems. A complete listing of the part will also help the modeler in his task, especially since every part of the kit is numbered (on the casting blocks for the resin parts and on the fret for the PE parts). A complete decalling guide is also present as well as paint colours instructions, something you don't have often in such resin kits.
ConclusionIt is clear that Accurate Armor want to offer a high quality product to their customers, at least it is something one can clearly notice when comparing the overal "package" to other similar resin kits. However, quality has a price and you will have to pay for it. If you are ready for that, in return you will receive the best of what the current resin kit technology can offer.