This resin kit is considered by many to be the one of the more challenging kits ever produced by Sunshine.
3 different tank saddles/supports, 14 handrail supports, 4 handrail corner fittings and 44 tank band couplings along with many other detail parts. You get the picture.
To date I've built 3 of these kits, my first one is pictured above. I like to think that I've gotten better over time with these kits and have figured out the most challenging part of the kit construction. The actual tank.
The tank is built using a cast resin wrapper, but no core is supplied. I always found that it was a bit of a fight to get the tank to the right diameter, and adding weight was a challenge. So for this time around I tried a different tack.
I had my local machine shop dress down a piece of steel pipe to 0.965" dia x 5" long.
And then use the finished tank as a guide, I could sand the saddles to the final shape and get it all to fit properly.
Tomorrow it's tank band time. About 30 bands per tank. Who has more fun than us?