|Left to Right: S&S NZLAV, Ersatz NZLAV, and a Maisto LAV-25.|
To do this with the excellent S&S Models kit would work out at around over NZ$450, not including postage for them from the UK to NZ. Given this I needed to find another solution. The most logical and immediate solution was to get 3D printed vehicles.
This option was pursued but would ultimately take significantly longer than expected to produce results due to a number of false starts.
|Left to Right: 2x Maisto LAV-25s, (the middle one is starting the conversion process towards becoming a Ersatz NZLAV), and a Bravo Team Stryker.|
|The large plastic gun barrel is replaced by a metal pin.|
The process of getting all these diecasts together for conversion took time, so I had to find an immediate substitute, which I found in the form of 1/72 Strykers, a number of which were provided by Kirk. I am going to continue work on the conversions, as this will mean that I will have another squadron of LAVs available.
Despite the problems with making ersatz NZLAVs, and having the Strykers available, I continued to pursue getting 3D printed NZLAVs, and finally I managed to get some produced.
|From Left to Right: Freshly printed NZLAV, assembled and unpainted, and final painted model.|
|3D Printed NZLAVs and the S&S model NZLAV|
The biggest hurdle with the printed models is to remove them from the cocoon of plastic that they are printed in. This is a very time consuming process, but certainly less than the 4 hours it takes to print a NZLAV hull.
|S&S NZLAV is flanked by two 3D printed models.|
The plastic used is the same type as used in Lego, so it will put up with a great deal for handling. It also takes paint well.
|3D printed NZLAVs and a Javelin team from Wartime Miniatures.|
I have added some extra details, such as coils of wire and jerry cans to the models, and am going to add spare wheels to some of them as well. I might even add a light obstacle blade, and I am toying with the idea of painted one up in a MERDEC scheme - such Paul at Plastic Warriors has done here.