Thanks Tony! I've just been watching those episodes, I think I'll go with the "City of Fire" version despite my daughter's love of "Pit of Peril" because it has a yellow end-cap, whereas from what I can make out in the earlier episode the entire end-cap is silver. It's a pity I can't take screencaps from the Blu-ray
There seem to be quite a few different versions of this kit - if yours has all the gear + shaft bags and things, but no motors, then it only needs a couple of 130-type motors to make it run. But there might be an entirely-static version too?
I've got some primer onto the Mole itself, and primer and paint on the base components:
I'm going to attempt a pre-shade on the mole (my first one!) and see how that goes. The base is painted in Gunship Grey 2, which isn't blue enough but the shops are shut today (ANZAC day) so I'm going to try and change the tone with a blue filter and see what happens.
Perhaps more interestingly, I assembled one of the tracks. This requires cutting out and cleaning up 40-odd track links and supergluing them to the supplied rubber band. I think this one took a couple of hours, and there may still be loose links. I think the next one might go a bit faster.
I'm going to wait until I've run the base and attached any detached links before giving the ends a final spray of black where I clipped them from the sprue, and painting them properly.
One interesting question is going to be how to weather it - the originals appear to have had some black wash and dirt added, but it's a bit non-scale looking, and I think doing a "modern AFV
" weathering job might be more fun. There's also the question of yellow - the studio models are a lemony yellow, but I despise lemon yellow so I think I'll have to go with something warmer.