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  1. Hi there, having put some material on Nigel's thread on the GMC 353 refueller I determined that it would be correct practice to start a thread on my own, and different, Deuce and a half refueller conversion. I was looking about for a vehicle to support my Cuban Sea Fury and found the CMK conversion. Being a bit dim on that occasion I thought I had ordered the complete thing, when the surprisingly small package arrived I realised my error and started looking for a '353 kit. I finally decided to go for the Academy model because: it was the one the CMK product was designed for and it appeared to be the only kit available - fairly sound arguments I think you will agree? It seemed to me that as the Cuban Batista Government had ex USAF A26s and P47s it would be not unreasonable that ex USAF refuellers would be purchased as well, so the above fitted the bill. My planned diorama is from the latter Castro period so by then the refueller would be some 15 years old (at least) and showing its age - a weathering challenge I must rise to. However, back to the model; unlike Nigel there was no mix and match as the Academy kit seems to be quite nicely made (I'll let you be the judges though). It certainly appeared a better model than my previous effort the Diamond T 980 tank transporter. So I got stuck into my second vehicle kit. I fear that my build progress is far ahead of all the initial deliberations you might expect as I only considered creating a thread as a consequence of finding Nigel's thread by happenstance (oh, and a bit of Google). So this is what I am aiming for: The kit and CMK Some views of the model so far: The sharp eyed amongst you will notice that the FAR emblems on the doors have gone, I wasn't happy with them and was fortunate to find that they could be persuaded to peel off without too much bother. The wonky wheels are apparent because they have only been lightly pressed onto the axles for appearance. The tyres need some work to remove the ridge line and will then be weathered off the vehicle. That's it for tonight, Think I'll go and do some work on the blessed thing now!!
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