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Michael McLaughlin16/08/2008 21:18:00
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Finally the Landwasserschlepper is out in plastic. I got the Bronco LWS and the superb Thachweave Bumpers within a couple of days of each other.

The Bronco kit is very finely detailed, it reminds of when I first saw an Italeri kit in the 1970s. Compared to the Tamiya and Monogram kits on the market at that time the Italeri kits were a revelation. The Bronco kit has many finely moulded parts, photoetch and even a flag printed on very fine cloth. The rivet detail on the hull has to be seen to be believed. This is not a kit to be rushed, rather to be savoured.

The Thachweave bumpers are handwoven and come in four sections; bow, stern and sides complete with fine string, thick string, two sections of florists wire and two pages of colour instructions. If you want the ultimate in realism, look no further. At CDN$60 they are not cheap, but for my money they are the best.

The contents of the Thachweave set with a one penny coin

This picture shows how finely woven the Thachweave bumpers really are!

The first job is to drill holes on either side of the rectangles moulded along the sides of the deck for the attacment loops. I discarded the florists wire included in the Thachweave set in favour of 0.5mm copper wire, for a more in scale effect, purchased from a craft shop. This was bent over a steel ruler to form the attchment loops for the bumpers and glued in place with CA glue:

With all the loops in place, construction can proceed.

More progress on Monday.



VB16/08/2008 21:22:00
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Hi Michael,

Great start!  Those bumpers look good. I'd expected them to arrive more sort of 'complete' if you know what I mean?  They'l look great installed though!


Mark King16/08/2008 21:52:00
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Excellent start Mike, and those bumpers do look fantastic too but for £30 so they should! Cant wait to see this come together.
Darren Bryce16/08/2008 23:18:00
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Nice one Michael Have been looking forward to seeing a blog of this kit - am getting it soon but I think I will wait and get the resin bumpers for it though......


Mence Wilkinson17/08/2008 07:14:00
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Interesting kit this.

I'm in...............


AndrewDowns17/08/2008 09:44:00
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These look great.

Those Bumpers look superb - I promised myself "no more kits till stash is reduced" but I think I may need to make a liar of myself for this one.

Will be watching with interest.

Nick Lloyd17/08/2008 10:26:00
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Them bumbers will be ace count me in.


Michael McLaughlin18/08/2008 11:48:00
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Hello again,I’ve had to write this part of the blog again after my last post was eaten by the ‘your post is too long’ monster.

Anyway, on to my first, (of many, no doubt) mistakes. This is very finely engineered kit with very snug fits. After fitting the loops for the Thachweave bumpers, I dry fitted the access panels to the crew compartment floor and they appeared too tight and sprang up. So I sanded them down to fit and glued them in place. When I glued the deck/crew compartment to the hull (while the glue holding the access panels was still wet) all my careful sanding showed up as uneven gaps as you can see in the pic below:

If I had followed the instructions and fitted the panels after the deck was glued to the hull I’m sure they would have been a perfect fit

Thachweave advise painting the hull before attaching the bumpers. I attached only parts which would not easily be knocked off later such as hatches etc.

The bump stops (above) were the only sloppy fit I have found so far.

The hull was masked off, primed and painted with a mix of Tamiya XF63 German Grey and X19 Smoke:

When this was dry the thin thread from the Thachweave set was cut to 3 inch lengths and threaded through the wire attachment loops:

To be continued.......................
Michael McLaughlin18/08/2008 11:54:00
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Whilst waiting for the paint to dry, it may be a good idea to make up the road wheel sets. These are fiddly and care should be taken to ensure the correct parts are used for the left and right units. When assembling these units I found that the less glue I used the better. Once assembled the units articulate as can be seen in the pic below:

This opens up a lot of diorama possibilities

Nick Lloyd18/08/2008 12:00:00
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Ace start mate them wheels look great whats the detil on them like? and are you going to putting this in a dio?


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