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Leuchtfeuer/Funkfeuer dio (part 7 - Einheitsdiesel Kfz.61)

 Here's another update on the Einheitsdiesel Kfz. 61. Work is continuing slowly. In the meantime I've finished the engine of the truck and have been working some more on the chassis, mainly the suspension. As I'm progessing through this build I'm more and more convinced that this isn't a kit for beginners. Several parts have no distinguishable locating pins/holes and the instructions are sometimes vague to not helpful at all. It's quite an undertaking. Although this is my first AFV build in many many years, I wouldn't call myself inexperienced or a beginner. But I've had some head-scratching moments along the way. And I'm seriously doubting whether the suspension parts have been constructed correctly by me. Problem is that the instructions are no help whatsoever and leave me with a lot of guesswork along the build. For an out of the box build, it's keeping me more than occupied... Let's start with the engine. The engine halves don't have

Leuchtfeuer/Funkfeuer dio (part 6 - Einheitsdiesel Kfz.61)

 It's been a long time since I did any work on this particular kit (or project for that matter). Odd really, as the Einheitsdiesel will be the most "out of the box" built of this dio. So progress should have been swift as there's no scratchbuilding to be done. Well, at least that was the plan. But more on that later in this post. As I'm assembling the kit though, there are a few things I've noticed. And it starts with the instructions. What is immediately apparent is that there are almost no paint call-outs. Only late into the build the required colors are mentioned. Not something I'm used to. Another thing that caught my eye is the fact that the instructions for the most part are concerned with the building of the chassis of the truck. The chassis which is very detailed I must say. Of the 29 building steps, 15 steps are dedicated to the building of the chassis... Sadly, most of this detail won't be seen once construction is complete. Which is not so b