"The optimum operating crew of an MG 42 for sustained fire operation was six men: the gun commander, the No.1 who carried and fired the gun, the No.2 who carried the tripod, and Nos. 3, 4, and 5 who carried ammunition, spare barrels, entrenching tools, and other items. For additional protection the commander, No.1 and No.2 were armed with pistols, while the remaining three carried rifles. "
This figure is the guy that carried the tripod. The kit differs from the description in that the figure here is No. 2 and should be carrying a pistol. However, in the kit he is carrying a rifle. This is the box art so you can see what is supposed to come out of this.
This is an image of the parts to make up the tripod itself:
As usual, there are large resin moulding blocks to be removed from each part. Once there are cleaned up, it is still a bit of a mystery how they go together to make the finished article. Here are the only instructions that you get!
After some time pondering, I did manage to get the whole thing together such that it looks right and fits into the depression moulded into the back of the body.
The body is fantastically moulded and looks so good that I cannot wait to start painting.
More news as I progress.