Builds Gecko 1/35 Bedford MWD 15cwt for the North African Group Build

Good morning folks, after jumping the gun with the A9 Cruiser I have raided My retirement stash and pulled this little gem from the pile. After ogling the instructions I finally plucked up the courage to slice open the various bags and lay them out for your perusal.

A very sturdy box

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As you can see, lots of little bits that are testament to the mould makers art, lots of slide moulded parts and already I have managed to break off some detail on a chassis rail. Photo etch is very thin, as in other Gecko offerings and is easily snapped. Sometimes I think they go out of their way to use photo etch when a slight rework of the mould would do

So far I love this kit and hopefully can turn it into a thing of beauty, if you like British/Commonwealth softskins (perverts) then this is the kit to get. I hope Gecko continue with this trend and feed our need for more Bedford, Austin, Karrier, Commer, Morris and even Leyland trucks in the future
 
First day of building and I managed to do some sub assemblies
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Chassis rails, six pieces here and note the missing handle? on the top rail. I hope to replace it with some wire.

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Chassis together with engine block radiator and wheels.

Day two
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Springs and fuel tanks added.

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Few more sub assemblies put together
 
Bit of an update
Front wheels can be assembled in whatever position you like (this seems to be the bugbear of one of the regular reviewers on Armourarma, so should please him) absolute bugger to do with my sausage fingers.

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Close up of the tow hitch and yes the pin is separate

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Rear tailgate fits snugly in place

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Finally got both disks on

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More progress made but slowly loosing my sanity with the photo etch.

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Bit of a ding on the nearside bracket (or my shit folding skills)

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Rolling chassis

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Wings on

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Not glued together yet

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Bit more progress, might leave the bonnet loose to show off the engine detail but gave up on the tie downs as i don't work to microscopic level like some on here :D

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I'll be right behind you with my Gecko Bedford. Anything you would do differently if you had to start over?
Get thinner fingers for one, maybe do the photo etch bits on the base of the body before mounting it on the chassis and definitely fit the wheels on last. The engine went on first with gearbox fitted but when it came to fixing the cab in place there was a bit of a mismatch so I removed the box from the engine and mounted it to the cab, at the moment I still have to link the box to the rear diff. I fitted the wheel arch supports to the chassis first and let them get solid before fitting the arches and held them in place with the front bumper. Hope that helps :D
 

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