MiniArt Scout Car Dingo Mk. 1A w/ Crew
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Company: Mini Art
Item #: 35087
Item name: Scout Car Dingo Mk. 1A w/crew
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Mini Art has released some Dingo Scout cars, a very unique and welcomed series.
This vehicle has not been available as plastic kit before.
The sprues are in grey styrene, which included 303 parts, including the ones for
the two British soldiers with desert uniforms. All parts are free of any flash,
only the obligatory mold departing lines are visible and easily removed. Some of
the thicker parts like the hatches show some slight sink marks. Ejector marks
are found either on areas that will be hidden after assembly or on the underside
of the vehicle. The only problematic marks are on the insides of the fenders,
but these should be manageable too.
Sprue A contains all main parts for the chassis and the superstructure. Sprue B
is included twice. It has all the smaller parts that are needed multiple times.
Sprue C is divided in sub sprues C, Ca, Cb and Cd, which contain superstructure
parts particular for this Dingo version. Sprue D is a small one with parts for
the rear fenders.
The four wheels are separate from any sprues and show some nice tire pattern.
The wheels come from a slide mold, which means that the detail is excellent, but
there are some mold departing lines that have to be removed.
The last srue has the parts for the two British soldiers.
The PE fret has some very small parts like bolt heads or levers for the hatches.
Also parts like the mud flaps that are depicted better in PE, because plastic
parts would be way too overscale.
The molding of the parts is excellent and show sharp very details. Some of the
smaller parts have those little plastic nodes, which help to avoid pin marks on
them. That makes cleaning up of the parts a little more time consuming.
The assembly instructions show 43 steps with many sub assembly groups for
Construction starts with the chassis tub, after that the very complete interior
The weld lines on the inside and the outside of the armor plates are slightly
raised. In case somebody finds them too prominent, they can be a little sanded.
The interior is quite complete and should be sufficient for most modelers,
especially when the hatches are partly closed.
After that, the main body parts are put together and mounted to the chassis tub.
When this is done, the steering mechanism is installed.
The assembly of the fenders is next and the last steps show the placement of all
the smaller parts like hatches, etc. This final part of the instructions is
quite busy and care must be taken when the parts are mounted.
You have the option to depict any of the hatches opened or closed.
The kit contains markings for three vehicles. The decal placement and painting
instructions are in full color. Also shown is a painting suggestion for the two
soldiers. The paint charts includes, as always from MinI Art, paints from
Vallejo, Testors, Tamiya, Humbrol, Revell and Mr. Color.
The marking options are
1. Unknown unit, North Africa, 1942
2. Regiment HQ 4th/ 7th Royal Dragoon Guards, 27th Armoured Brigade, 9th
Armoured Division, 1941
3.HQ- 22nd Armoured Brigade, 1st Armoured Divisio, UK 1941
Mini Art has also released several other versions of the Dingo, which are
similar to this one. These are so far the Mk. I, Mk. Ib, Mk. II, Mk. III
Conclusion: A beautiful kit with many details. The only drawback is the omission
of clear parts for the head and rear lights. A welcome release for fans of
Review by Thomas Voigt for Prime
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