M42 Twin Forty Duster 1:32 Scale Renwal Model Kit #85-7822

2015 July 10
by Doug

Right On Replicas, LLC Step-by-Step Review 20150710*
M42 Twin Forty Duster 1:32 Scale Renwal Model Kit #85-7822 Review

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The M42 was a self propelled anti-aircraft tracked vehicle developed after World War II. It was based on  the M41 light tank chassis.  Armament consists of fully automatic twin 40 mm M2A1 Bofors with 365 rounds and either a .30 caliber Browning or 7.62mm M60 machine gun.  There was about 3700 of these tanks made between 1952 and 1959. The M42 earned the nickname “Duster” during the Vietnam War when it was used effectively on ground troops.

For the Modeler: This is the M-42 Twin Forty Duster 1:32 Scale Revell/ Renwal Model Kit #85-7822 Review.  It is a Skill Level 2 kit for the intermediate modeler. Revell reproduced this kit in 1989 (Renwal’s original release date was from the sixties) and now 000b Revell brings it back in 2014. This kit features highly detailed plastic pieces molded in olive drab and black vinyl, five crew figures, interior details with separate hatches and engine cover, and side storage bins and a tool pack.  There are 175 pieces to this kit and very well laid out instructions.  Completed dimensions are; 7 1/16” L  X  4¼” W  X  5¼” H.

Covered in this Review:  If you want to perfect your build; basic construction; preparing parts for better finishing; alternate assembly sequence suggestions for fit and ease of finishing; complete paint and adhesive selections and applications; test fitting; removing unwanted copyright script; complete road wheel and suspension construction; detailed gun cradle construction and finishing; color scheme for the crew figures;  how to connect the track pieces together; flash, seam, and sink identification and repair; turret and hull assembly; decal application considerations; are all fully examined in this 18 page, full-color Step-by-Step review in PDF format.



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  1. 2017 June 4
    John Staehle permalink

    James, thank you for the honest review of this classic kit that stands out with the rest of Renwal’s collection, I had this one years ago and as a kid the Self Propelled Howitzer. Now at 66 yrs old and hundreds of various kits and dioramas I like the oldies as well as the newer kits. If you have a chance check out my Facebook pages for a better look at what I do now.

    All the Best,


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