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3 - Assembling the Predator

MkIVb Predator
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$34.99 USD


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29 July 2002page first published

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Leland Erickson of Miniatures Dressed to Kill writes:

I built it! And a great pleasure it was!

assembled components of the Predator

This is the best plastic kit yet from Games Workshop.

rear view of assembled Predator, with ramp down

It is cleanly moulded with a superb absence of flash. The part fit was cleanly precise, requiring a minimum of effort and no part fit corrections.

side view of assembled Predator

Assembly was very straightforward - I just followed the instructions on the side of the lower box half.

three-quarter top view of assembled Predator

This kit takes the original Rhino/Predator kit to the next level, dramatically improving on the original kit in terms of ease of assembly, level of detail, optional parts, and (for the conversion-minded) flexibility usually found only in the best 1/35 scale tank models.

interior of the passenger compartment, showing interior access hatch, C-cubed console, and spare crew bolter

The hinged rear access ramp and interior details such as troop seating, C-cubed console, and extra bolter carry this model to a whole new level the original models could only dream of (and only if the purchaser had the necessary modelling skills and extra bits).

extra armor was built from surplus kit parts

The photo above shows the extra armor which I built up from the redundant roof doors (intended for the Rhino) included in the kit. The doors were attached to the hull front with two pieces of sprue cut from the parts runners.

The rhinestones were added to the resultant shield, completing the "reactive armor" effect.

top view of assembled Predator, with turret removed

Coming Up: Priming...