Santa was very generous to me this year. I have a lot in front of me:
I had been told by a few people on this site that this kit was overwhelming, and perhaps too much for a first attempt at 1/32. I went out to my garage workshop tonight, eager to prove them wrong, and was immediately overwhelmed. I pulled the box open and just stared at the sheer amount of plastic, not to mention photo etch, in front of me. After wading to the bottom of the box I found the very nice instructions and reference booklet, but was again overwhelmed at the thickness of the instructions. When feeling overwhelmed with a project, I feel it's best to dive in and get started with it. After reading some from the "How to Build" book, I followed the instructions of building subassemblies, with a plan to paint later, but before things get too put together as to impair painting. So here is the pilot's seat with armored bulkhead.
I had read this truck somewhere about coloring the sprue labels to make big kits easier to sort. Just makes it easier to see which sprue you're dealing with at a glance
I stopped for the evening at the point where the instructions called for installing the harnesses. I'm going to be trying out these HGW fabric jobs for the first time. I can't imagine trying to do these in 1/48 or god forbid 1/72!
I also apparently need to decide already if I'm going to be using the figures or not. I'm leaning towards yes. In the meantime I'll keep plugging away at the cockpit and posting photos. Thanks for looking.