Built one many years ago and recently finished the Road Roller. Take your time and paint as you go be sure to allow all the rods on the crankshaft to move when assembled, it won't turn once fitted but if the shafts won't move it won't go in. Be aware that the metal stickers for the boiler bands can stretch so don't trim any excess off for a couple of days to allow them time to settle. Enjoy the build, fantastic model. One other thing the decals in my road roller had become brittle with age and some went on in several pieces but with care and a good dose of micro sol and set looked OK.
I built one of these back in the 1980's. It's a bit of a long ago but I seem to recall it was a reasonably nice kit to assemble, although I do remember that painting of the detail was somewhat time-consuming, but the results can be well worth it if you stick with it.
This thread on ATF shows a couple of completed builds and might give you some idea of what can be done. There was also a nice example displayed at this years Bolton Show.
I've done the road roller and have the showman's engine in my stash. Its an old kit with brittle plastic, just take your time as every piece will probably need sanding to remove mould lines etc If the decals are getting old and fragile it may be worth giving them a coat of liquid decal film to give them strength and conherency.
There is an old friend of mine who moved to the IOW a few years ago named Peter Park (also retired). He is an excellent model maker and keen on old vehicles. I don't know his address but I believe that there is a model shop in Cowes that is owned by a French chap, and that there is a model club that holds monthly meetings at the shop that Peter attends. Hope this is of help.
An IPMS member since 1974. Also branch secretary Berkshire branch in 1975. Edited IPMS magazine late 70's 2 years, serving the National Committee. Judged at SMW recently some car classes. Main interests are cars and and sailing ships. Still trying to convice people that IPMS is not just aircraft!
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jay16: hello i've recently returned to the hobby i mainly build motor bikes from the 60's-00's kit all 1/12th scale and would like to thank the fellow members at the harrow club for helping me improve my builds
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dc: I'm trying to get in touch with Mike Verier, I spoke to him at the Tyneside show but I've lost the e-mail address, please could you reply Mike if you see this or pass it on to him if you know him,
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modelmotab1: hello everyone. off on hols to hanoi and phuket. does anyone know if there are any model shops in either of these places?
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jeeves103: Hi, i’am Looking for instructions and decals for the old Revell HH-53 Or CH-53 USAF / MARINES in 1/48 Scale. Can anyone help please. Thank you in advance. Regards, Dave
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bannyjunior: Glad to report that I stumbled across this site: www.spotmodel.com who offer free copies of instructions for lots (all?) Tamiya kits - including my missing ones!
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