Friday, July 27, 2012

Progress on the Valentine

I have been working steadily so that I don't do anything silly. Then I take some photos and immediately start noticing things like grab handles not right. Still I am progressing.

Here is where we are.

One of the really interesting things about this kit is its innovative use of slide moulding. Slide moulding means that you have to 'slide' extra bits of the mould into place once the two main parts are mated. Normally, you could not mould some things without this process. It also means that these extra bits have to be removed before the mould can be separated.  This kit has working suspension using moulded plastic springs. These have to be moulded using slide technology. You can see the holes in the side of the main sprue where the rods were inserted. The result is as follows: Yes these springs are really moulded in one piece, are fitted individually around the main shaft and do work!

I have started work on the turret but I am now at the point where I have to start doing some spraying so I am leaving that until tomorrow. More photos this weekend.

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