I built this kit about 10 years ago from a copy of the "Revell History Makers" series. Go ahead and do it.
First: you are looking at 1950's/60's injection molding technology; that said, there are a lot of moving parts, flash, and general fit issues. Certainly it has accuracy problems, but in the end it's a modellers kit! Originally released as a Renwal item, it's one of a kind. It's also big. Plan to provide a shelf for it. (Much like it's cousin, the atomic cannon in the same series and scale).
Does it look like the real thing? Based on pictures and no tape measure to run around one, Yep. IPMS USA had an article around 1999 (That I am trying to find) on building the kit from the perspective of a gent who was a former Sembach AB, GE AF techician who actually worked on these things. (I was stationed at Sembach in 1986-1990, so I was interested from a historical perspective). It's terracruiser tires, mobile "cruise missile" technology, and overall cool factor were high. Unfortunately mine was destroyed later, but I'm contemplating purchasing the new version. Have a History Maker version sittin' in the attic now that nobody will buy, so have to decide if I want to go with the old decal sheet and all that, or buy the new "re-release" to get new decals and then use the attic kit to work things out.
Go ahead. It's a Hobby and supposed to be fun.
I was stationed in Germany from '67 to '69. Although I was in
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the Frankfurt area, my parent unit (601st SOS) was headquarted at Sembach, and I drove down there a few times to pick up gear or parts. The Lt. I was a ROMAD for took us over to the Matador site, while they were still there. They were very cool looking, but I kept thinking to myself "So this is what the Renwall kit looks like in real life." Unfortunatly, there were no Terra Cuisers, just the missles & trailers. I was impressed with how big they were, although there were only few - 3 or 4, I think. Not even sure if they were fully operational, but still looked cool. Got to see a transient G-91 up close that day, also. Still tempted to buy that kit, built it as a kid, and was impressed with the size then, too.
One part covered fixing up the MM-1 truck and the second dealt with the missile. The kit is not "bad" given its age, but needs a lot of work. Overall there is more and better detail than the Atomic Cannon, but it is still a 50 year old tool. The appropriate and mandatory articles appeared in IPMS USA Quarterlies V21-3 and V21-4
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