Finally I've made a start. My computer went belly up at the beginning of Feb and has been with my dad until now being fixed. Lets just say he didn't attach a lot urgency to fixing it. I'd held off starting the Sdkfz 251/9 until last weekend so I've only had a few days of building. Here's where I'm at now...
After I'd made a start I was a bit curious as to why there were two radios to be fitted that were the same, one for the co-driver and one in the crew compartment so I did a bit of digging on the internet. It turns out that DML were completely wrong. There was no seat fitted for the co-driver/radio op on the 251/9! I had to cut out the seat mount which left a big hole but fortunately I had a spare floor. I cut a square out of that so I had the same pimpled floor and filled the hole in the gearbox with Humbrol filler from the underside, smoothed it flat and sanded it. Voila! No signs of a seat. You probably won't see it once the main gun is in but I didn't want to risk it.
I bought a box of 251 spares off ebay a couple of years ago to go with my own DML spares from the 3 in 1 251's and other 251's so I had 3 extra brass shells (for some reason there's only 3 in the kit) so instead of using the plastic ones I was able to put a full ammo rack of brass shells. I just need to paint the fuses now.
I need to weather the panels before I glue them on, just for ease really but I need to wire the radio up (not shown here) so that's better done while they're off. If anyone knows of a decent picture of the wiring going to and from the radio I'd be very grateful if they could share it as I want to have the power cable going to the radio also going to the antenna.
The most hated part is out of the way ie painting the road wheels and adding the individual tracks and rubber track pads. I love 251's just hate doing the wheels and tracks lol.
So that's where I'm up to now. Hopefully over the next few days I'll get the hull together then I can build the main gun. Some nice builds coming through on here. Three months without a computer gives me a lot of catching up to do.