Just as a quick FYI, this post is going to be a little bit different from the others. Instead of finishing the entire boat and then publishing the post, I'm going to publish it now and add to it as the construction goes on.
Armaments in Miniature (or, AiM) is probably best known for their 15mm aircraft from various eras. However, while going through their website one day I found this model, and decided that I had to have one. The boat appears to be made from the same white resin that their other models are made from. There is the slightest hint of a mold line on the starboard side and rear of the hull, but it is easily shaved away with the back of a knife blade. For any other company I would be raving about the cleanliness of the hull casting. As a long time AiM customer though, I find myself simply nodding and going, "Yeah, about right for them." That's probably unfair to AiM, but they set very high standards for themselves.
For step 1 of the assembly, I did nothing more than take the hull out of the bag, take a few knife swipes to remove the mold line, and then drill a hole in the tub so that I could magnetize it. The magnets aren't really necessary, but I think they will make the boat travel a little more safely along with adding some 'gamer protection.'
|Yes, the hull is that clean, right out of the package.|
|The casting may look rough, but remember the picture is much larger than life size.|
|So, there's the air bubble. I appreciate the fact he appears to be wearing goggles or sunglasses.|
|Yep, he's gonna have a headache all right.|
|The right side bulkhead is a separate piece that I've already glued in.|
|Obviously, a little cramped once it's all together. But it's very nice!|
We're gonna put this guy:
I'm so impressed with the coxswain figure, that I want to show a couple of pictures of him before he's painted.
What's interesting about the figure is something that isn't noticed while you're painting him. When you put him in the cockpit, you'll see that along with having his hands on the wheel and throttles he is leaned back against the armor behind him. In other words, he's ready to GO if things suddenly get bad. That is a very nice touch.
|Definitely ready for trouble.|
|The tab on the back is where the gunner will go.|
|The knife blade is a #11 X-Acto|
|The patch is made of .01 thickness plastic, and is 4 x 4 mm.|
|Not as clean as I would like, but it works.|
The gun looks like it might sit a little high, but that's because the stern rail hasn't been glued in place yet. Yes, the stern rail is a separate piece. Also, once the gun and gunner are painted and the rail is in place, I will post some action photos.