Valerons Mk. A Whippet - Meng 1/35 scale

Valeron

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My modelling has not been going well of late and I've failed to complete numerous builds. I've had a rest for a few months and will now give this one a go.

I've never made Meng model before. The sprues look nice and clean and this will be my first time with so many track parts.

Wish me luck and hopefully my mojo will return.

Mike

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Meng kits are generally pretty good (I say that even though I’ve only ever built one of them, and the tracks of another :smiling3: ) and in any case, you can be glad you didn’t buy the old Emhar kit of the Whippet instead …

If you’re in need of photos of the real thing, I’ll plug my old PDF about the Whippet here as well :smiling3:
 

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I've made a small start. The fit so far is good with limited cleanup required.

The top compartment was a little fiddly as parts needed bending and squeezing in. I'll need to make a few adjustments before attaching the compartment to the Hull, but that's for another day.

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Andy T

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Looking good.

I built this a few years ago and also found the top section a bit fiddly to line up but thought it was a great kit overall.
 

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Have one in the stash awaiting the inspiration to build it, so will pull up a chair and watch with interest.
 

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I'll just drag in my chaise lounge if okay. Anybody mind if I take off my shoes and socks to get comfortable ?
 

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Count me in Mike. Mojo is a funny thing, comes and goes. Good luck with this one.
 

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Haven't had bench time for ages as my modelling room (the spare bedroom) has mostly been occupied by visitors. That's the problem with having an Australian wife. Her friends and family come en mass and stay for quite a while. And they haven't gone yet. Not that I'm complaining as we have loads of people to stay with when we go down under.

I suspect this build will be a slow on. Anyway, the tip part of the tank is now fully build. I'm going put this aside and now work on the lower part.

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Its certainly not a tank i could imagine actual being in. Even from the model, it feels like conditions inside it would have been incredibly basic and harsh.
 

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I'll be watching with interest. Sounds like a good kit and you've made a fine start. Although I've never built a WW1 tank I've always fancied tackling one.
 

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Its certainly not a tank i could imagine actual being in. Even from the model, it feels like conditions inside it would have been incredibly basic and harsh.
And then imagine it was probably better than inside British heavy tanks of the time :smiling3: Here at least the engines are out in front of the crew, even if there wasn’t a firewall. In the heavy tanks, the engine stood in the middle of the crew compartment, out in the open — and on the first models it didn’t even have an exhaust pipe!
 
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