MiniArt 1/35 WWII Motorcycle WLA
|REVIEWER:||Scott Van Aken|
|NOTES:||Includes photo etch parts|
Harley-Davidson began producing the WLA in small numbers in 1940, as part of a general military expansion. The later entry of the United States into World War II saw significantly increased production, with over 90,000 being produced during the war (along with spare parts the equivalent of many more). Harley Davidson would also produce a close WLA variant for the Canadian Army called the WLC and would also supply smaller numbers to the UK, South Africa, and other allies, as well as filling orders for different models from the Navy and Marine Corps.
Molded on one large grey sprue with a smaller one for the clear bits, the actual molding of the kit is very good. The detail work is right up to industry standards, with some of the small parts requiring some care to remove from the sprue. The photo etch fret is for the wire wheels, fender braces, rifle holder, and a few other small detail items. The kit cannot be completed without using the photo etch.
A neat addition to the sprue is a set of forming tools for the front and rear wire spokes. One simply puts the p.e. in between the two sections and presses them together to form the wheels. Another thing I like is that the tires are in three sections to properly form the circumferal portion of the tread.
Instructions are well drawn and easy to follow. Once again, no painting information is provided during the construction phase. Am I the only one that doesn't like this? The painting guide provides all the color information for one motorcycle using a variety of paint lines so no one should have trouble finding colors. The small decal sheet is well printed and should provide no problems.
Nice to see an American motorcycle done in kit form after a raft of German versions. While probably not a good kit for a beginner, anyone with the skills needed to work with photo etch will have no trouble with this one.
My thanks to www.dragonmodelsusa.com for the preview kit. You can get one at your local hobby shop or on-line retailer.
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