Heller 1/35 VBCI WIP

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I've been persevering over this for a while. The Model itself isn't too bad, but the netting armour is a real pig - the material provided by Heller is not usable, and the supports are fragile - it's got to the stage where it's difficult to pick up.................... prewet 01.jpg prewet 03.jpg
Still not sure about whether this will be finished - it's got to the stage where I'm losing interest...........
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Nice build!
I like your work on the camo.
Thought only need a pin wash and you have it!!!! :smiling:
 

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Looks are deceptive! The mesh armour keeps on coming away from the supports ( Tried CA, PVA......), and there should be an edging strip around the bottom of the side skirts. The problem is that every time I repair one bit, another two pop out, and handling it makes it all worse! I think I'm going to give it an overall dusty spray, and call it a day, before I juggle with it, and drop it!!
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This is what the box looks like, not that you can build the model from the bits inside! The mesh supplied is pentagonal, not square, and far too small - I'm not surprised I haven't seen this finished on any modelling sites!!
 

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Dave

It looks pretty good though, pity it's so fragile, probably a good call to dust it up a bit and call it a day.

cheers
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Like the rest say Dave it does look good. pity about it being so fragile.
 

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Going by the box art, the real netting seems to be attached by sand-coloured straps. Maybe you could emulate that? Put, say, a thin metal strip around the frame and through the net, like on the box art. The metal can be glued to the plastic and should hold the net in place.
 

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Jakko,
If I was going to attempt this model again, I'd replace the supports & frames with metal rods, and attach the netting the way you say, but it's too far down the line now. Even using the airbrush to do a dust coat, the net is flapping. I'm afraid this has reached it's conclusion - I'll put up a few final pictures tomorrow
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Well, that's it - I can't do any more to this it's soooo fragile
vbci fin 01.jpg vbci fin 02.jpg vbci fin 03.jpg vbci fin 04.jpg

The Heller VBCI isn't a bad kit - the fit is good. The net armour, though...........................!!!!!
I've run out of patience with it! As I've said before, I'm not surprised I haven't seen any completed models around. The VBCI isn't a standout vehicle - only the Q-Net mesh armour raises it out of the ordinary, and that is very difficult. I'm now going to have to find a place to put this!
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Dave,
Given the problems you have had that is a great result mate.
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I agree with Paul, Dave. It's a great result even if it's very fragile.
 

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Dave,
The damage to the nets are to be expected when in service, some of these drivers, well..........
You have done a great job there, persevered and overcome, take a bow, dust it up and put it on the display shelf - well done.
Cheers,
MikeC.
 

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Hi Dave
To be honest I think the damaged nets make the model more realistic. The nets must have been regularly damaged in real life. Well done for sticking with it and getting a nice result. Now put it somewhere safe out of harms way!!
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Hi Dave I agree with the last 3 posts the damage to the netting adds to the realism of a good build
 
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Looks a really good model.Glad to see it finished.I think all the hard work has really paid off.
Jon.
 

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Gents,
many thanks for your kind words! :thumb2:. It's a odd kit from Heller, they produce some very strange models - I have the 1/24 Ferguson Tractor ( little grey fergie ), which looks a nice simple model. I'm still debating about where to put the VBCI, with the nets, it's a magnet for dust............................
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My experience is that Heller is completely hit and miss, and they make strange (or at least unconventional) choices, in the way parts are laid out or kits go together.
 
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