Construction of the hull is done so only the turret is left to put together and then the build is done. It has been relatively painless so far except for the etched headlight guards which were a complete pain in the arse to put together.
Looking at pictures of the real vehicle there is no easy way to do these as they are quite delicate, however the four horizontal bars on each light guard needed trimming until they fitted and were superglued into place after a lot of bad language. The shape and height of the guard makes the assembly very flimsy too with only one positive location point on the side of the hull so gluing the other side to the top of the hull is a bit hit and miss;
Hopefully they won’t look that bad under a coat of paint. While finishing up the hull I decided to replace a couple of the moulded on grab handles with ones made from copper wire and glued them at an angle rather than flat;