With AFV Club
having released the Churchill Mk IV AVRE with Fascine Carrier Frame, but no fascine to go with it, it is no real surprise to see AFV Club
ís resin manufacturing arm Hobby Fan
release a very large resin fascine to go with the model.
This product is packaged in a good quality cardboard box. Inside the box you will find a single Ziploc plastic bag that contains the resin parts and this is further protected by a good quantity of polystyrene peanuts.
There are four parts to this fascine, basically four separate circular bundles. Two of the bundles are hollow and these fit together via a toothed connection ridge. The pour plugs present are easily removed; in my case I was able to break them free by hand. An examination of the four moulding did not reveal any obvious moulding faults that I could detect, but of course the design of this peace means air bubbles would have to be quite large to cause any concern. There is a small hole in the centre of each bundle that makes up a full ring, but I believe this is there by design.
Assembly is idiot proof being a case of little more than stacking the four pieces end on end. The real skill here will be the painting that is needed to portray a realistic bundle of wooden planks, working in different colours in a natural way, rather than just a monotone colour with a few washes thrown in for good measure. If this is done well you do have the potential for a realistic and pleasing result. I do intend to have a go at making a fascine from hard wood veneers I have laying around just as a comparison to this product, but it will take a lot of time and so this is a quick solution for those who donít wish to tackle the scratch building task.
A quick and easy to assemble fascine for the AFV Club Churchill Mk IV AVRE with Fascine Carrier Frame. The painting of this piece is where the hard work will pay dividends as it is the painting that will make or break this product. While this has been designed and made for the AFV Club Churchill I wonder if it could be used with one of the WW1 tanks that are proving popular at the moment.
Churchill Mk IV AVRE with fascine carrier frame