German Land-Wasser-Schlepper (LWS)
The first observation when opening the box is the size of the kit. Though not the largest kit ever it is fair size.
So you’ll have this to look forward to as you do this build.
Steps 1-2 are building the lower hull and suspension. Normal cleanup is needed on the parts. For the size of the vehicle it seems like the suspension isn’t very robust. The overall fit is very good.
These are some of the lower suspension arms. There are 8 sets of them.
The road wheels had a few pin marks on the inside. Most of them sanded down.
This is an underneath view showing the propellers and rudders installed.
Parts B9 are the two rudders. They ask for the builder not to glue them in place. They’re fully moveable and can be posed in any position when you are at the ending point of the build.
This photo is showing the suspension and front idlers mounted. The suspension fits well but be careful with the alignment. There is just enough movement to get it misaligned.
Step 3 is the tracks. I skipped that until near the end. They are a rubber band type affair. More on them later in the comments
The tracks are twisted up in the packaging a little. It does create a little issue during installation.
Step 4-5 also has the installation of the tracks but as I mentioned, I waited on them. The rest of the steps are the building of the upper hull top which is the interior.
It’s not very busy, but seats for the operators and some steering levers are supplied.
Some compartment covers and a winch of sorts with some rope is included. A pet peeve of mine is companies that supply items like the winch and rope, but it just goes nowhere.
It appears on the aft deck there are a pair of winches. They have guides that look like more ropes could be used to tow or pull at different angles. The fore and aft outer decks have spotlights, vents, and other nice fitting details. The engine vents etch covers are supplied with the kit.
Step 6 combines the lower hull and upper deck.
The rear hull panel is added to complete the sealed assembly.
Steps 7-9 assemble the cabin area.
The inside of the cabin has a fair amount of injector marks. With the windows installed you can’t see them. I left the windows out until the painting was done.
A right side view.
The cabin has the most parts of the whole kit!!! There is a fair amount of parts to put on it. Parts like the railings cut off the sprue nicely without any breakage. Only the usual cleanup of the mold seam was required.
Step 9 finishes the cabin and adds the rear entrance bulkhead.
These are a few photos of the rear inner bulkhead.. It fits really well when the cabin and hulls are connected. If the cabin hatches are open, you'll need to do some filling.
Step 10 This step combines the cabin to the hull assembly. I would have done this but this is where I started painting as sub assemblies. It works perfectly.
Step 11 is the final step. It adds just a few more detail parts to the exterior for the grand finale.
The left side view.
The top view .This shows the rear winches and a view into the rear cabin entrance area. The top hatches can be posed open if you wanted to put something in the interior to show.
The front view clearly showing the boat type hull. It also shows the narrow track width compared to the size of the vehicle.
I used Tamiya paints throughout the process. I primed it with Hull Red. I then painted it Dessert Yellow. I then sprayed it with Tamiya semi-gloss clear. The decals went down perfect. Micro-Sol decal set held them in place. I then used Tamiya Flat clear to seal them in. I did a quick panel line/pin wash with the Tamiya brown accent line color. The tracks were painted a brown base. They were dry brushed with some silver Rub and Buff to pick out the grousers and track guide horns.
This kit didn’t have a lot of parts or many steps. It was very easy to follow the instructions as far as building it went. With the exception of the tracks, the overall fit and quality of the kit is very good. The clear parts also fit very well with only one window having to need a light sanding. The rivet detail, and there is a lot of it, is very well done.
The issue I had with the kit is the tracks. This could’ve been just me but it bears mentioning. Hobby Boss says the tracks may be connected using plastic cement. Well I used Tamiya thin, Tamiya quick set, and super glue.. None of these held for more than a light touch. I used the tried and true hot knife and melted them together. They’re a long run of track and even trying to hold them to the upper rollers was met with the same result. I tried white glue.. That held for awhile. So I scratched them on the mating area a little with a knife and used the CA glue again. For the most part they have stayed in place. The good news is for rubber tracks, they have pretty good detail.
Another thought I would like to share is that I felt the color guide for the kit was very sparse. The hull had colors listed but that was basically it. I think for someone like me who isn’t familiar with the kit, it generated a little frustration. I think this would be the same for a beginner.
Due to the tracks, I will give this a recommend rating. I also recommend this kit for all abilities and age levels. It was a fun build.
Recommended for Beginner to Advanced builders.
Thanks goes out to MRC for this review kit.
Reviewed by Merrick "Mac" Johnston
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