Review of the AFV club Scorpion model tank
This was my first AFV club model and is the smallest 1/35th scale model I have built. It has some unique features, mostly the metal mesh over the exhaust on the right hand side and the main gun also being made of metal. The metal was flat whilst in the kit and I shaped it into a curve by wrapping it around a pencil. Other unique features included replicated ripples in what would be a canvas top on the rear storage bin.
Despite its size, the turret had a lot of detail to build, such as the smoke dischargers and a number of periscopes in the cupolas and boxes. A very tricky part to build was the reel on the back box of the turret. It was a flat piece of metal that had to be folded around the two plastic half’s, but it was very hard securing it all together.
It was fun to build and I haven’t really got anything bad to say about it, except the antenna’s moved during the night and set wonky and it would have been good if some thin copper had been provided to put on the reel to replicate the rope, which you normally get with other manufacturers kits. The instructions were clear and easy to follow with a small amount of information about the Scorpion.
I painted this model in June 2008. I airbrushed Tamiya XF-61 (dark green) on to the hull and turret. I used Revell enamel 752 (blue) for the sights and 31 for the brake lights. I finally used Humbrol enamel 11 (metal) for the shovel and tracks.