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Roden Rolls Royce AC

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This is the unrefined Roden kit of the Rolls Royce armoured car, with photos from the workbench. A bunch of the usual complaints; sink and milling marks, poor fit, massive seams and tons of pin marks. However, it's a super cool subject and I've never seen one built at a show, so here's mine. Fictitious paint scheme. Added MV lenses, wire handles, new rear steps, wing nuts and tons of putty.

I added a pic of the spectacularly cast figure from Tommy's War. He's a driver and one of the best I've seen, but he scales out to 7 feet 3 inches! I was going to use him, but he dwarfs the AC.
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About the Author

About George Stray (gstray)

Been sniffing glue since I was 6 or so. I am now 44. I became obsessed with armor when I saw Tony Greenland's work in FineScale Model Magazine. I try to get better with each model. I am thankful for having a wife who really allows me to get in to my hobby!


George does super work, and I've had the priveledge of seeing some of his other dioramas and vehicles in the local IPMS show-- this is an outstanding example of his work. I think the Tommy's War figure is actually 1/32 scale to go with the 1/32 scale white metal kit offering from Scale Link. I've had the good fortune to own all three of the available RR kits, and but traded the white metal and Roden Plastic kits away, deciding to keep the resin Resicast version. My hat is off to George for creating another fine model out of this difficult Roden kit. VR, Russ
SEP 27, 2017 - 05:37 PM
Outstanding work...will reference this piece for future builds!
SEP 28, 2017 - 05:36 AM
Very nice work and display. I've had this model for several years on the 'waiting list' Your work is very inspiring. Cheers, C.
SEP 28, 2017 - 07:02 AM
I've heard negative comments about the Roden RR before, and I just don't get it. I built the 1920 pattern kit a couple of years back and had very few issues and certainly no major problem. Its not a Tamiya, but I thought it was a pretty nice kit. Maybe I just went in with lowered expectations, which made me think more highly of it after I was finished.
SEP 28, 2017 - 08:09 AM
Excelent Model!!!!
SEP 28, 2017 - 12:28 PM
You're right in certain respects-- it's not a bad kit, but it has typical Roden issues, the plastic is hard, overscale in thickness, there's a rough bumpy finish on it in places and some flash. There are a few fit issues too. The 1920 RR kit is different from the 1914 pattern in that the wheels are PE, and are difficult to shape, but all these issue can be overcome, and a great model can be made-- as George has done. I personally like the Resicast kit best. The fidelity of scale is better, even though it's resin and more difficult to work with. Side by side, you can see the difference in the "finess" of the parts. The Scale Link kit is in 1/32 (54mm) scale and it's very nice, but it's a little more difficult because it's done in white metal, but it too is very detailed, even though the parts are also a little heavy and thick. VR, Russ
SEP 28, 2017 - 05:21 PM
Its a great subject ,too bad its such a bad kit ! I don`t have the time or patience for it . the Russian hobby craft car is the same thing ! why doesnt Tamiya or Dragon , or any "better" manufacturers make these , instead of endless tigers!
SEP 28, 2017 - 09:55 PM
But you did a great job on it !!!
SEP 29, 2017 - 01:49 AM
I love what you did with this kit. Very nice detail work on the model. Thanks for sharing your work with us.
SEP 29, 2017 - 07:24 AM
Fictitious paint scheme? Whyzzat? Paints to do an accurate scheme not available?
OCT 01, 2017 - 11:39 AM
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