Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Assembly instructions

This post provides some instructions for assembly of the Plastic Soldier Company 6-pounder anti-tank gun from the British 6pdr Anti-tank Gun and Loyd Carrier Tow kit (WW2G20004), and some Verlinden fuel and oil carts from the Airbase Flight-line Accessories kit (2627).

For whatever reason, no instructions were provided for the assembly of these models, so I put them together as near as I could figure after doing some research.

The 6-pounder is actually pretty simple to put together, but some actual instructions would have saved a lot of time that was spent fitting parts to see how everything was supposed to go together.

In typical PSC fashion, the diagram showing the layout of the parts is somewhat different from the actual layout on the sprue.

The critical piece for the 6-pounder is part 16. Be careful when removing it from the sprue because the plastic is rather soft, and the piece can bend or break.

This side up

I used a 1.15mm drill to widen the holes in the carriage chassis (part 16) to allow the trail legs and cannon to fit in place without having to use too much force. The increased diameter seems to be just about right, allowing the parts to move without being overly loose.

1) Attach part 16 to part 7. Glue is probably not necessary because the fit is pretty secure, but I used some liquid cement anyway.

Make sure part 16 is in the correct orientation.

2) Glue part 17 to part 15. I positioned the sight parallel with the barrel.

3) Glue the barrel (part 15) to part 9.

4) Insert the trail legs (parts 1 and 2) into the corresponding [left and right] holes in the carriage chassis (part 16).

5) Attach the cannon (part 15) and wheels (part 14) to the carriage chassis (part 16). Glue the tow hoop (part 6) to the trail leg.

Part 6 glued to part 1

I wasn't sure if the tow hoop was supposed to be attached to the left or right trail leg. In the 1/35 world, Tamiya and Bronco 6-pounders have the hoop attached to the right trail leg, while the AFV Club and Riich kits have it attached to the left. Maybe it can be on either side, who knows?

Anyway, the model is rather simplified, but it looks decent and assembles quickly.

For resin kits, I've become pretty accustomed to having minimal to no instructions. The problem with this particular set from Verlinden is that the models are very obscure, and I was almost unable to find any good pictures of the assembled models, much less pictures of the actual oil and fuel carts they are supposed to represent.

The set includes one fuel cart, and two oil carts. I assigned some part numbers in the picture below.

Fuel cart assembly:

Used pin for front axle to allow wheels to pivot.

* indicates location of hose reel which needs to be scratchbuilt.

Oil cart assembly:

* indicates location of lever that needs to be scratchbuilt.

Used pin in front axle.

Oil drum trolley assembly:

* indicates location of tow arm that needs to be scratchbuilt.

The Verlinden models are nicely cast in a firm resin that is very easy to cut. Once all of the parts are identified, it's actually pretty intuitive where each of the pieces are supposed to go.

The only unclear part is with respect to the location of the rear axles of the carts, since there are no guides as to where they should be positioned.

Hopefully these instructions will be of some use to someone out there.


Service Ration Distribution (Hobby) said...

Very helpful indeed. Thanks for posting.

Bradato Kopele said...

This was really useful (bet you'll be shocked to receive a comment 3 years later but yeah). I was struggling with the 6 pounder and your superb explanation made me see that I had the carriage chassis upside down and had to drill out the holes better. Cheers!

EY said...

Hi Bradato,

Glad the post helped you out. Cheers!

Richard said...

I found your assembly useful - oddly the 15 mm set has a/t gun assembly instructions but not on the 1/72 scale sheet!

Many thankshe PSC instructions leave quite a lot to be desired.
My particular problem, even with your diagram is assembling the chassis 16, with the front shield 7 - as I've done it the shield has the little eye protruding which seems to be obviously wrong. Any further enlightenment would be most welcome!

EY said...

Hi Richard,

Sorry I didn't reply earlier, but for some reason Blogger is not sending me notifications of new comments any more. If you are saying that the eye ring (on part 16) is sticking through the front of the shield (part 7) it's actually correct. You can see a picture of the front of the real thing here.