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It's pretty interesting to see how the the cab mounts to the frame. There are large sheet metal shrouds which drop down from the cab floor, that box in the engine (not shown).

 

Test fitting shows really good fit of the the cab elements and everything easily drops right down on the chassis.

 

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In the following pictures you can see how the cab, fenders and hood come together.

 

The hood tilts forward so the engine compartment can be seen but strangely, Trumpeter does not include a engine in the kit. The M1070 builder will be looking to the aftermarket for something behind the radiator.   

 

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The fenders have a variety of nicely rendered details. 

 

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I particularly like the way Trumpeter does the lights for its military vehicles. They are crisply molded, super clear and to me, look like quite realistic. An option is often given for different styles of marker lights too. 

 

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I start by painting the back of the lights with Testors 1146 gloss silver enamel.

 

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After drying overnight, the lights are flipped over and airbrushed with Tamiya tinted clears like X-27 clear red. The lights pictured below, received a mixture of mostly X-24 clear yellow darkened with a little X-26 clear orange. I will change the mix, to make the color more yellow, orange or amber, depending on the color of the light on the vehicle.  

 

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These will dry overnight and tomorrow, I will mask the clear lens portions with tape and spray the exterior color.

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Below, the lights painted and fixed to the fenders and the fenders permanently glued to the chassis. The kit comes with pre bent steel wire which replicates brush guards for the front lights. A nice touch.

 

The fenders are really tricky to fit, so be forewarned. I spent some time aligning the fenders and making sure the gaps between the hood and cab were even. 

 

I felt the plastic tow shackles looked to small, so they were replaced with RB Models 4mm brass shackles.

 

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