MERCEDES ACTROS MP3 COMPLETE
Having described the chassis in a previous post, here's a selection of images of the finished Actros MP3. The native American decals were supplied with the Revell kit and are, perhaps, a little incongruous on a German truck, but they do look fabulous. As someone with a passion for horses, the imagery definitely appeals to me. The decals took the best part of a day to apply, having to be cut into sections to cope with the door panels more effectively. I also flirted with disaster at one point, as the final clear coats were applied using a formula that I'd never tried before - never a good idea - and the medium didn't behave as anticipated. Thankfully, I managed to rescue the situation and, helped by Tamiya's range of polishing compounds - which I intended to use anyway - the cab's finish is virtually flawless.
Oh, and don't ask me about the windscreen that snapped in half during installation. Thank heavens I had a second kit in stock.
Given the challenging circumstances of the UK lockdown and interrupted access to my workshop, I'm extremely pleased with how this project turned out. The small enhancements to the Revell kit, such as the resin tyres and customised tread panels atop the chassis, plus the home-made suzie cables and plugs, have added an extra touch of class to what is already a top-class kit.
Now I really must finish those other truck kits...