Great excitement - the postman finally arrived and had my Batman delivery with my Joker models. Just couldn't wait to get stuck in.
The first thing to say is that each model comes with its own game card which is very useful indeed and was unexpected.
So - I reckon that the makers of models have a couple of choices when it comes to assembly.
A. They recognise that the model will need pinning so they make sure they present the buyer with two nice big flat surfaces for ease of drilling.
B. They are confident of there modelling skills and design a male a female joint so the the pieces slot together quite easily and can be glued.
It is clear that Knight models have chosen option B above. It is also clear that confidence in their modelling skills has been misplaced (at least with this box set). Not one of the male, female slots is a tight fit. I have tried gluing all four models and am an unhappy chappie.
Pinning is going to be required and without flat surfaces it will be a pig. Not only that, but why oh why does anyone choose a wrist joint for a joint. It is the narrowest part of the arm and drilling will be a nightmare ... actually probably impossible. I might be able to cut the arm off at the elbow to form a pin surface and then use green stuff to remodel the arm. How absolutely dreadful!
Mr Hammer is a bigger model so I move on to him with hope in my heart. It would be nice to be able to assemble him.
But ... no, it is just the same. This time there is a great big shoulder joint which would be easy to pin if given two flat surfaces again we are presented with a male, female joint. This time it is quite large which should be a positive as the hammer is heavy but ... it is not a tight fit and wobbles. God I hate it!!!
I will have to carve out the shoulder joint and then come back with green stuff to remodel the shoulder in some way. Going to be a complete pain. Really, really?
I have two more blisters to open but am going to leave them for another day.
Customer experience opening this: -
Initial excitement - 10/10
Finding the card - 10/10
Model assembly - 3/10 and feeling very cheated.
Don't get me wrong the models themselves have lovely detail and I am looking forward to painting them but.... I wanted to assemble at least one of them (probably all of them) and get a base coat on so that I could start painting tonight - not going to happen and I am very disappointed.