A quick update.
I got the main landing gear done. I kept it pretty simple. I used lengths of sprue for the main arms. The suspension supports are from the spares...some sort of suspension pieces. The wheels are from my aircraft spares box. The idea was to use a smaller diameter wheel that was twice as wide...but I couldn't find both. Anyway, these will work.
Sitting on them. This kit has some weight to it so the landing gear has to be strong. I like the stance.
I still have to do the rear landing assembly...I don't want it to tail-dragger.
I still have to do something with the original articulated arm/leg things. I might try to use them as weapons mounts or just cut them off.
Speaking of weapons....I'm sort of working through that at the moment. The biggest obstacle is working around the pair of engines.
I'm planning on mounting two guns, using some old Tamiya 2cm flak guns from the spares. I have an old 1/48 Hasegawa bomb set there's a pair of towed target arrays. The tank loking parts might become gun pods. There's also a pair of test bomb (I think) that I might use as bomb pods. I'm got some 1/35 and 148 rocket pods as well as a few 1/72 missiles.
And then there's the kit's belly gun. Sitting on the landing gear, it won't fit. And the arm for it is fixed so I can't position it folded. I'm thinking about using the arm as the rear landing strut. The size is about right. If I am lucky I might be able to use the kit's mount for it.
Anyway that's it for now. Once I sort the weapons out, I should be in the home-stretch.
Some great builds by all.