Built and Reviewed by Steve Palffy
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Steve Palffy has finished basic construction of Maquette's brand new, all
resin 1/35 scale Daimler Dingo Mk.I. This is an earlier version of the vehicle
that Tamiya released all those years ago. Maquette's new model is vastly
superior in terms of surface details and finesse.
The kit comprises 52 parts in finely cast pale grey resin. There are
virtually no casting imperfections, but the corner of the rear lower hull was
broken off in transit. Casting blocks are not especially intimidating, and
construction can proceed quickly.
Detail on the kit is very nice, with weld beads, bolts, hinges and other
structural features moulded onto large castings. The wheels are especially
impressive after some light flash is removed from the lightening holes. The
detail extends to screw head detail on the bottom of the hull!
Perhaps the biggest surprise and disappointment about this kit is the sealed
superstructure. All hatches are moulded shut, including the big top hatch. This
is a shame, because photos almost invariably show the top hatch open on this
crowded little vehicle. Also, there is no detail at all on the inside surfaces
of the hull and superstructure either, so adding an interior will be a very
Steve got the model to this stage in around three hours one evening.
Steve commented that, although construction was fast, the lack of any
locating pins or marks makes the project best suited to an experienced modeller
with plenty of reference. This was especially apparent when assembling the
impressive looking suspension. The vague instructions alone would not be enough.
Fit was not good in some places, with sanding and repeated test fitting
required before gluing parts.
The 1/35 figure is present to reinforce the small size of the vehicle, and
is not included with the model. This figure is from the Wolf range.
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Model by Steven Palffy
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Page Created 16 October, 2003
Last updated 03 November, 2003
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