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Something very out of my comfort zone: Mercedes G4

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Climbing out of our comfort zone is the best way to advance :thumbsup:

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On 5/10/2024 at 8:18 PM, Corsairfoxfouruncle said:

Welcome, it’s a long build so you have sone time to do other things. 


Thank you @Corsairfoxfouruncle!

The start is not so brilliant.... would you believe this is three evening's work of cutting, cleaning and glueing a gazillion little pieces just for that??




Hope to gain some pace or it will need at least two years to complete!

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On 5/23/2024 at 9:34 PM, Corsairfoxfouruncle said:

Well take your time, builds are always more about the fun and relaxation than finishing. 


Agree on that, I'm doing some assembly here and there between other builds.

Overall I find this kit quite boring and unnecessarily complicated though. See for example the wheels: there is a joint in the inner face of the tire which will need some filler and it is a very awkard place to fill and sand, then multiply that for eight times... 

I understand the need to split the wheels in two parts to avoid the risk of sink marks, however a joint in the tread is a better solution in my mind: in any case you have to remove a mold line and a joint wouldn't be much worse.




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More progress over the last few days:




Then I started looking at the body parts and found a bad surprise:



The fenders are short shot in two points.

Unfortunately I bought this kit a long time ago, so there is no point in contacting the retailer. I tried instead writing to ICM for a replacement, but I'm not holding my breath. Anyone can report their experience on this matter?


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9 hours ago, Whirly said:

The fenders are short shot in two points.


Oh no, that looks pretty serious.  I hope ICM can help you out.

If not, the parts may be repairable by backing the gaps with thin plastic card and then building up the surface using a two-part epoxy putty (like Milliput)?


Good luck.

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