Whilst the design of the tracks, which clip onto the wheels in certain places, is brilliant, they are quite fragile. Whilst determining the correct orientation - they only work one way round (which is a good idea) - one of them nearly snapped as I bent it around the idler wheel.
After ages of inactivity on the model-making and figure painting fronts, it's nice to be getting back in the saddle. And the two models I've returned to. The ICM Krupp Protze, and this, are particularly good kits, making the return to gluing even more fun and rewarding.
One thing this and the previous ICM build have in common is the presence of some very finely detailed and therefore fragile parts.
I added Miliput zimmerit to the Fujimi model, because almost all photos of these beasts appear to sport that distinctive textured anti-magnetic flesh finish. Doing that on this assembled kit would probably be a bit too fiddly, what with having to work around the stuff attached to the body. Hmmm? I could - as I did at the rear of the Fujimi Elefant - use the heated implement technique, and work directly into the styrene. But I don't want to wreck a beautiful model. Bit of a poser, this one... as in what to do!?
I'm very tempted to search out and buy a book dedicated to this terrific tank hunter. But I think instead I'll try to restrain myself (I have my annual freelancer's tax bill and accountant's fee, plus sundry other expenses to meet), and instead scour the interweb for ref.* I may even add a new segment to this post, composed of the fruits of that research. The Bundesarchiv is always a great resource...
* There are lots of great pics of this beast here