Thursday, November 21, 2013 - 11:56 AM UTC
News in from Mirror Models has some sprue shots of the soon to be released Diamond Wrecker and the announcement of a contest.
Mirror Models has sent in some image of the sprues of the upcoming T969 Diamond Wrecker, as well as some exciting news of a contest for building this kit.

Join our Big Winter Competition!!!!
Build up our new 1/35 US Diamond T 969 Wrecker and win over 1000€ prize in total
The winner gets 500€ cash
5 our kits of your choice for second position
3 our kits of your choice for third position
1 our kit of your choice for 4-10 position

All you need is:
Our US Diamond T 969 Wrecker kit – you can order one in your own favorite hobby shop, or if you cannot find it locally, then let us know, and we will arrange a kit for your attendance

Your desire to build and show your finished model to all
Your appetite to join and win
Your pleasure to have a fun
Once done, you need to send us 3 nice photos of your finished build

We will post regularly received photos of finished models at our website, here at our Facebook site, where we will create a special photo album for this purpose, and also in our open group at Facebook, that will be created soon for this competition. So everyone can see and like your finished result – not we, but you will also choose the best build – more likes is the way to win! 28th of April all likes received will be counted, and photos with most likes have won!

We will also promote this competition widely to thousands FB members, so this should be a lot of fun!

Besides, as our FB group for this competition will be open, you can also post there your own work in progress pictures, comments and support your build by any other way

To join simply send email with subject “competition” and your name to
[email protected] or [email protected]

The deadline to join this competition is Sunday 15th of December
The deadline to finish your build and send us 3 photos is 31st March 2014
The deadline to “vote and like” is 28th of April 2014
All winners will be known, and prize given away on 1st of May 2014

We will be in a touch through your email and send you occasionally our newsletter with the competition progress and updates. Feel free to contact us with any questions.

Let’s have some fun!!!

Armorama would like to thank Mirror Models for the update.
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I have one of these on order with my local hobby shop, and after seeing these sprue shots I may cancel it. I see what looks like some significant sink marks and what's with that dashboard? I've seen better dashboards in 40 year old kits. And on top of that the detail looks pretty soft. Just my two cents.
NOV 21, 2013 - 04:59 PM
Good plan Brian. Just buy one of the others on the market. For my money, it looks pretty good, I especially like the louvers being moded open. The sink marks I see are pretty much on flat areas where they will be easy to deal with. It does look like a saw would come in handy to liberate the parts from the sprues and more cleanup will be requires than a kit from the likes of Tamiys, but I a still happy to see this one in plastic.
NOV 22, 2013 - 12:27 AM
Not sure what sink marks are talked about, but the kit has none as far as I know
NOV 22, 2013 - 01:18 AM
Anyways, I left the sink holes where they are and put decals into them, later I will add a drop of thick clear varnish on each, and that will create nicely looking glass lid over them
NOV 22, 2013 - 02:25 AM
[/quote] Libor, Like I said, I happy to have the kit. It looks to me that in photo 3 there are some sink marks on the bed sides, probably corresponding to the ribs on the outside. Simple enough to fill with a bit of putty. I also noted one on a treadplate area, probably the cab floor but I'm not even sure that one would show after construction. If so, it is small enought to hide pretty easily.
NOV 22, 2013 - 05:39 AM
Jim, sure, no worry, like I said, the kit does not have any sink marks to fill. For this reason some parts have bigger gates, otherwise they would not eject. These you mentioned are some shrinkage caused by different wall thickness and it has been modified and improved for production. Also many gates were reduced. What you see here are in fact T1 test samples I use for my test build. They still come with this kind of small issues, and these are then improved for kit production, according to my feedback. Unfortunately I am located at opposite side of the world than my kit producer, so all communication, samples etc. is not really straightforward, and while I am receiving samples sent from China a week ago, they are already working on issues spotted in images they supplied before, and then again on issues I find checking plastic received, so this all is quite complicated and time taking. I could have waited and sent to Armorama shots of modified production samples, but then you would see them here while the kit was already in shops. Probably I will do it next time to avoid misunderstandings. Personally I am happy with the kit, detail is very good and fit excellent. Few parts will need a little care to remove them because of thicker gates, but its not problem with small razor blade or sharp scalpel. I am working hard to improve this on my future kits, and it should be quite noticeable on my upcoming Ford F15 and Diamond T 968 coming soon. Unfortunately I cannot afford advanced molding technology and injection machines used by Dragon and other big kit makers
NOV 22, 2013 - 09:21 AM
Libor, sounds like you're elbow deep in the development of this kit. Personally, I thank you. Your eye for detail will ensure that this truck will be great.However it turns out, it is a giant leap forward as to what we have available at this time, I e-mailed the good folks at Stevens International and they said it was a few weeks out yet so I'm putting in my order right away before they all get bought up, which I'm sure they will be. Now it would be real nice if a set of maintanence pesonel without web gear and lots of tools, tool boxes ect. in plastic came out. The dio possabilities here are endless. And Christmass is just around the corner my dear family, hint.
NOV 24, 2013 - 04:00 AM
Nice dig Jim. I was just trying to make an observation. I thought we were allowed to do that here.
NOV 25, 2013 - 01:16 PM
Just found out the price, about $90 U.S. About 2 weeks for the release also.
NOV 26, 2013 - 02:19 PM

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