Michael, I'm going for the "full fat" version with the armoured commanders turret & am loosely basing it on a Royal engineers version seen in Iraq in 2008. Pat, I have never used the paper netting for thermal blankets, only ever used it for stowage etc. The tetra stuff is much more robust and you can't rip it like the paper netting.
I'm romping along with this at the moment and it's just so much fun to build. Hat's off to Takom for a really great kit. Let's hope they release more versions in the future, I would definitely buy them! All the thermal blankets have now been sorted, again using the post it note method for templates. It was pretty easy to do as well. Most of the details have now been added as well with a few enhancements and scratch bits here and there.
With the gun mount & rear slat armour plus all the antenna, glazing and tow ropes prepped for priming the build is now done. For a complicated looking build it's actually extremely easy and most of the armour can be left off until after paint & weathering. Now working on the base idea and a figure. As ever more on my blog.
I've now worked out the bones of the base for the model and will be using a very nice reality in scale shop front as a backdrop which I think will work well. A figure is also sorted and the models had a coat of primer too.
The kit looks amazing Pete, I'm curios how you have done the barracuda look so natural? Did you glue it directly to the kit or have you put something under it first as it look so nice ..
I'm very interasted in this to put on my cv9040c
Looking forward to see more from it..