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Posted: Sunday, January 04, 2009 - 08:13 AM UTC
Hello All,
I wonít go into the quality of the kit, since I did a review on Armorama, In- Box Review: LAV III-TUA by Andreas Elesky Box Review: LAV III-TUA by Andreas Elesky. All I can say about these kits is wow.
I started working on Real Models LAV-III TUA Conversion RM 35129 for AFV Clubs Stryker. I decided to tackle most of the photo etch first before starting work on the resin.
The first step is to work on the brackets for the Stowage bin thatís mounted on the rear of the hull. I havenít quite decided yet if Iím actually going to mount it on the vehicle but I thought itís best to just go ahead and build it. This is also going to be my first serious attempt at soldering the major joints of the photo etch. An excellent reference for soldering photoetch is soldering photoetch by INDY-AMPS. Parts 33 and 24 where put together using the soldering method described at the link above and look good after a little clean up. Part 14 needs to be bent down where it goes underneath the upper bracket. This isnít clear in the instructions but it makes it a little easier to attach to part 23.

Figure 1 Left Side Right Support Bracket

Figure 2 Right Side of Right Support Bracket