Judging from the reaction I received when I previously posted my concerns about Mirror Modelsí new Diamond T wrecker kit (http://armorama.com/modules.php?op=modload&name=SquawkBox&file=index&req=viewtopic&topic_id=214949#1806334
) Iíll probably incur the wrath of many board members with this post.
I should begin by saying Iíve been modeling armor kits for more than 40 years and that I commend Mirror Models for offering us kits outside the run-of-the-mill. I was thrilled when they first announced this kit and reserved one at my local hobby store as soon as I could. But then photos of the sprues were posted on Armorama and I started to have second thoughts. But Iíve wanted an injection molded Diamond T wrecker forever and decided to plunk down my $90 just the same. I wish I hadnít.
1) First, the $90 price tag. That kind of money is outrageous for almost any kit, let alone a kit with so many negatives. (I know, no one forced me to spend that kind of money)
2) The gates on the sprues are huge. In some cases they dwarf the small part theyíre attached to and youíll have a rough time when removing parts.
3) There are very few locating pins/holes and those that are there are very undefined. This could be a nuisance when assembling the tires especially.
4) My kit has way too much flash for a $90 kit made in 2013.
5) The instructions are cumbersome, confusing, and poorly designed. An engineering degree from MIT might be of some assistance here.
6) One of the comments I made in the original post had to do with the dash board. The response was I was given was that with dial decals the dash looks much better. After seeing the photo I agree, it does. And the dash is better detailed in person than I had observed in the photos. However, Mirror Models chose not to include decals for the dials in the kit. Iím not familiar with a current open-topped kit that does not include dial decals.
7) The other comment I made on the original post pertained to noticeable sink marks. A post was made in response saying that they had been ďmodified and improved for productionĒ. And yes, the ones I had commented on have been addressed. But they appear to have migrated to the floor of the rear deck, which is ruined by them.
8) As mentioned above, this kit is of the soft top version, not the hardtop. However, for some inexplicable reason Mirror Models chose not to include an actual soft top. Instead weíre told in the instructions that ďan additional detailing set to replace and upgrade plastic parts, and vacuum formed canvas will be available soon at www.LZmodels.com.
Maybe Iíve just become spoiled with the great kits weíve seen over the last ten years. But I think not. The engineering in this kit is comparable to a bad 1970s era kit, or some of the kits we saw come out of Eastern Europe ten years ago. Iíll be putting my kit up for sale on ebay at a cheap price and wait for Hobby Bossís Diamond T. Though not announced, Iím sure it will follow after they release their M19 tank transporter. Besides, Iíd prefer the hard top version anyway.