Airfix Chieftain turret

The turret is one of the distinctive visual features on the Chieftain and on the kit I’ve got the front top surface wasn’t particularly good, especially along the join.  Quite a few layers of filler followed by smoothing were needed to get a smooth profile.

Airfix Chieftain turret

There were a few other bits of filling required, the tops of the smoke grenade dischargers and the seam round the top plate being the most obvious.

By modern standards this was quite a bit of work for a plastic kit but it’s 40 years old and the tooling is nearly 50 years old so I’m not going to complain, in fact it adds to the satisfaction of making an old kit and having to deal with the problems of a modeller at the time when this was a state-of-the art kit.