I waited for a D7 kit long and patiently, knowing that Mirror Models will release it at some point. After constant postponements, and me losing hope that I will ever get it, Miniart announced that they will release the kit by themselves. That gave me comfort, knowing that the engineering of the Mirror Models kits is too complex, and in most of the time useless.
I got the MiniArt D7, and was quite happy, just until
I started building it. It appeared that the kit is very /if not extremely/ detailed, and it is obviously the same hassle of a build as a Mirror Models kits.
The fit is almost perfect, but there are so many and so tiny parts, that you have to spend couple of months just cutting them of the sprues and cleaning them. And the major problem with that was present. Almost every single thin and long part – like handles, fuel lines, long straight struts – broke at least once while detaching it from the sprue. Some of those, broke twice or even three times in different places, before I even managed to cut the off of the sprue.
That is NOT because I am inexperienced modeler. It is because the plastic is cracking almost everywhere you touch it if the part is thin.
There is a solution to most of that – changing the lines, handles and so on with scratch build metal parts, using thin wire, pins, or whatever you have available, just to avoid using the supplied plastic part.
I have no idea what is the case with Mirror’s D7, but if the plastic is not elastic enough, the build is a nightmare.
The bright side of the build is that everything fits perfectly. Well, almost. But this kit is one of the closest one to Tamiya’s fit that I ever encountered. You do not need any resin for it. It has so much inside, that if you manage to build it, and show some of it /because showing everything is simply impossible/, you will have state of the art kit.
Many of the parts inside the suspension, beneath the seat and so on, are left inside, without a possibility to catch a glimpse of what’s in there. That is cool, if you are 70 years old, with a good eyesight and a lot of time with no clue what to do with it. However, if we accept the fact that the average modeler’s age nowadays is 45 years, you can imagine that building this kit, and wasting so much time for things that are not gonna be visible, is absurd.
There are some mistakes in the instructions, but they are acceptable. Worth mentioning, that due to the enormous amounts of parts inside, some of those are pretty small, thus, they are depicted quite enlarged in the instruction sheet and this can and eventually will cause confusion.
If you insist on building it, after all I wrote here, I can suggest you to gather all the patience you have, put it a bag right next to your bench, and start with the build. As I mentioned, the fit is great, but that’s not all you will need to finish it.
Besides, if you have decided not to use all the parts, because they are hidden, be sure to study the instruction sheet thoroughly, because there are many things that can be skipped.
I must admit that the engine is a state of the art plastic representation, with all the bells and whistles, unfortunately, its not only that we have to deal with.
If you manage to make a good plan, what to add and what not, you will have a perfect kit. Or, we can assume that is the other case – you have way too much time on your hands to waste it adding a sum of useless, tiny, crappy parts.
Sorry for the bad review, but it is what it is. The kit is great, just it is very overengineered, and that is, at least for me – annoying.
I would recommend it, but ONLY for experienced modelers, and only if you have a lot of time.
Otherwise, just skip it.
Enjoy the build sequence. And trust me – it looks easier that it is: