11 years ago
vehicle model. Yes, it's not a particularly well detailed model, but
my paint job and weathering turned out actually nice (for me anyway -
it's not 1/87 Vehicle Club quality level, I'm afraid).
One glaring omission in the Roco kit (at least the one I have) is the
rather large X-shaped bracket that 'lies' close to the top of the boom
- the mast support cables from the rear of the vehicle lead into the
bottom legs of this bracket, then cables lead out the top legs of the
bracket to connectors bolted at the top of the boom - the image of the
German Army M88 museum exhibit accompaning the Wiki M88 article -
- illustrates this
well, in a general sense.
While there are a large number of M88 images floating around, I could
find no real close-ups of this bracket, and while I can get a rough
idea of how to fabricate a bracket like this out of styrene, it would
nicer if I could get some more info:
1) It doesn't hurt to ask - any diagrams of this X-bracket on line
2) Failing that, any dimensions? I can sort of roughy guess the
dimensions using 'photo-analysis', but real numbers are better
3) Somebody had a YouTube video where they assembled a M88 kit fast
time, (the one where he labels 20 indivdual actions as Step 1 and so
on), and on assembling this bracket there seemed to be pullies (or
maybe pin connectors) in each leg of the bracket - is this correct?
4) I see in some prototype images chains from the mast to the bottom
legs of this bracket - common?
5) The color of this bracket in dozens of images I have seem seems to
vary from black, to the body color of the recovery vehicle - was there
any sort of standard?
This may not have any bearing, but the Roco is clearly an older M88
model, not the M88A2 Hercules (nor even the M88A1 it seems, just the