I've been working on this for about 3 or 4 weeks now while I was waiting for glue or paint to dry. It's a Lindberg model and I don't think I will ever learn with Lindberg, this is the third model by them I have had problems with. Has anyone else had problems with Lindberg models?
The kit is interesting and other than the problems I am enjoying it.
On the horses, which I haven't pictured, I have gaps you can drop a nickel into they are so wide and some of the parts are warped. I had to heat some of the limber and carriage parts to straighten them.
This is the third kit from Lindberg that I have these issues with, and I've only put 3 together.
Lindberg is an old classic American model-making company, and we need to remember that, when we consider their kits. This set was first made about 60 years ago. For its time, it was quite the sensation. The average modeler was different, the average modeler's expectations were different. If we're looking for a shake-and-bake kit a la Tamiya, or the kind of detail we see in kits today, we'll be disappointed. If we approach the kit with that in mind, or as a bit of modeling nostalgia, then we're not disappointed.
Some of their kits weren't bad, for their time. And it depends on the kit and subject. Lindberg acquired kits from other makers, like Pyro, whose catalog has its own spectrum of quality.
Think of a Lindberg kit as a blank canvas, a starting point for a project in which you can use your imagination to add detail, and stretch your skills.
Got the first horse done finally, except for painting, the others have more detail with the harness. The harness pieces have alot of flash and small pieces that I have discovered must be assembled in a certain order or it will not go together.
In the mean time, when I get frustrated with this model, I am working on a fire truck custom pumper by AMT. Believe it or not the custom pumper actually has more pieces and it is a 1/25 scale.