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C15TA Ambulance Review
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Posted: Friday, April 19, 2013 - 06:20 AM UTC
Mirror Models continues to add to the CMP Series, this time expanding on the C15TA with an Ambulance variant. Kevin Brant takes a look at what is in the box, and how it looks.

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Posted: Friday, April 19, 2013 - 02:39 PM UTC
Kevin, Thanks for the nice review. I wouldn't mind building up one of these kits, the CMP family has always been a favorite of mine.
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Posted: Friday, April 19, 2013 - 06:58 PM UTC
I had this kit in my hands this morning and was all set to buy it, then after looking at it closely changed my mind. Because the canvas top is so smooth and firm looking, it looks more like metal than canvas. Absolutely no sag or texture to it and I couldn't imagine a way to improve it without making a major effort. Also, the photos in the instructions don' show the tie-downs on the sides for the canvas top -- they've either been sanded away or they used a different version of the kit for the instruction photos. I don't regret passing and will now wait patiently for the wrecker and hope that they do a better job.
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Posted: Saturday, April 20, 2013 - 01:20 AM UTC

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Because the canvas top is so smooth and firm looking, it looks more like metal than canvas. Absolutely no sag or texture to it

Actually if you look at the actual vehicle, there is no real sag in the top. This is due to a sheet metal roof under the canvas. And the kit does have decent looking tie downs molded on to the sides.

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Posted: Sunday, April 21, 2013 - 03:59 AM UTC
Kevin, many thanks for the nice review.
Brian, like Kevin says, this canvas does not have much that could be reproduced by plastic molding technology except the tie downs, which were added as a feature to production parts. These were not molded on test shots used for instructions or box images done in advance for printing, but somehow I really dont see your point, and what is wrong if the kit offers something more than is shown in building instructions - except things which could affect building of the kit as it is, but that is not this case. But sanding these off and replacing them with tiny rope would improve the kit look though. Canvas patter - it is simple thing, minimal detail that can be produced on injected plastic is 0,15mm, that means over 5mm in reality. I am not canvas specialist, but I have not seen any with pattern 5mm deep or so. In my opinion it is rather subject to painting and finishing technique, like masking the roof with very fine mesh and spraying few coats of paint as a base and they spraying final coast over it - it would certainly make nicely looking pattern I believe. Just a thought