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#strProject# Instruction Set © Neal Crankshaw
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The components for the kit are cut by a laser into the card and MDF. To keep the parts on the card there are some small tabs that you will need to cut.

When you want to remove a piece from the card, cut through the remaining lines to release the part.

The MDF pieces only need to be pushed out of the frame. Some of them are quite thin so be careful with these pieces.

I use superglue for construction as it bonds fairly quickly (within 3 seconds) but feel free to use whatever glue you are comfortable with.

In this image, the BLUE lines are folds, the black have been cut all the way through

Part 1 - the cab

Begin by removing the main cab part shown.

Most of the folds bend down but if you flip it over you will see two folds that are perforated that are intended to fold the other way. Lightly score these so that the card can bend easily but do not cut through.

Once you have done this, flip the card over again and bend all the joins slightly to get them started.

Pinch the sides of the model around the back piece (do this without glue) until you can align it nice and neatly

Once it is lined up, glue the sides to the back piece.

Pinch the front together as shown and glue together

Pinch the front together as shown and glue together

Once this is done, your casspir cab should look a little like this, sort of like a barking dog.

Push the top of the cab down against the sides, hold the pieces in place and then glue.

Make sure all the sides are glued to the top.

Remove the front window frames

You have a choice for the passenger side... you can either use a plain window frame or you can use one that has an insert for a machine gun.

Choose the one you want and glue them both in place.

Remove the side window frames and glue them in place (1)

Then assemble the side mirrors as shown (2)

Next glue the side mirrors into the slot in front of hte side window (3).

Bend them back slightly along their fold line.

Next remove the top hatches and glue them in place

Next up is the turn of the mud flaps.

The little supports for the mud flaps are all different lengths and must be assembled correctly (A, B and C)

Remove the pieces and glue them onto the mud flaps as shown

Attach them to the cab like this:

First, check that you have them the right way. The two struts closer together go at the back (1)

Slide them into the cab WITHOUT GLUING THEM so that they are all the way in (2)

Then wiggle them out a little bit until they are perpendicular to the ground (3).

Once you are happy with the alignment, glue them in place.

Next remove 4 of the small suspension mounts from the MDF parts frame

Glue these into the holes as shown

Assemble the bumper as shown

While you are doing this, assemble the differentials as shown. These will slide on to the axles later.

Remove the grill from the frame and glue it to the front of the cab as shown

Attach the bumper to the cab as shown

Remove four of the suspension pieces from the frame (2 with details and two without) and glue them together.

Glue the plain piece onto the back of the detailed piece.

Then glue these onto the suspension mounts, with the detailed sections facing out.

These last few pieces of detailing are optional. They represent straps to keep the bonnet shut and a cooling port on the side of the engine.

Part 2 - The rear cabin

Remove the main piece of the rear cab from the frame and familiarise yourself with the folds

Fold down the fron and rear and then fold the sides down around it so that they wrap around the front and rear.

Dry fit these and then glue them in place once you are happy with the alignment

Remove the edges and lids for the top hatches and glue them in place.

The long top hatch lid is optional. The real Casspir did not have this piece. It had a taupaulin that was lashed in place with rope (which you might want to scratch build using tissue and white glue)

The smller square front hatch can be modelled open or shut.

Remove the window frames and glue them in place.

Do the same with the rifle ports.

In the real casspir these little rifle port covers are spring loaded, so that someone inside can force the rifle through.

Assemble the rear mud flaps the same way you did for the front cab (refer back to that step if you need to

Glue them in place so that they are level with the ground

Assemble the rear leaf springs and then glue them in place (with the detailed part facing outwards)

Remove the transmission box and glue it in place underneath the cab.

Remove the rear step and glue it in place underneath the cab.

Remove the spare wheel mount and glue it in place.

Remove the rear doors and their window frames, glue the frames to the doors and then glue the doors in place.

Fold down the hinges after the doors are glued and glue the hinges in place

The real Casspir had no detailing on the rear door but an extra optional piece has been included if you want to add a slightly more sci-fi touch to the rear doors


Now glue the front cab to the passenger compartment. Line them up at the bottom as the front cab is not the same height as the passenger compartment

Part 3 - the wheels

The casspir has 6 wheels included in the kit - 2x FRONT wheels, 2 x REAR wheels and 2 x SPARE wheels

Building the wheels means gluing these layers of card together in order.

Start by removing the FRONT WHEEL parts as shown. Keep them in their order.

In this picture, the back of the wheel is on the left and the front of the wheel is on the right.

Use the plastic tube as a guide.

Glue pieces 1, 2 3 and 4 together.

Make sure that the bumps on the wheels DO NOT line up

They should be offset as shown in the diagram below

A - Glue the small part (8) to part (5)

B - Glue 5, 6 and 7 toggether

C - Glue the two halves of the wheel together

Now do the second front wheel.

For the two rear wheels, construct as follows

Remove the parts 1- 7 as shown.

Glue the three small parts together as shown

Glue parts 1, 2 and 3 together (the rear of the wheel)

The glue the small hub part to them as shown

Then glue the 4 other layers together as shown on the left... parts 4, 5, 6 and 7

The SPARE wheels are exactly the same as the REAR wheels except they do not have the same hub parts.

Cut two lengths, each around 45mm, from the plastic rod included in the kit. The 45mm lengths are the axles

Dry fit this first in case you want to change the length of the axle

Attach one wheel, slide it through, slide one of the differentials over the axle and then attach the other wheel.

Cut two more lengths of the plastic tube... one 40mm long and the other 30mm long

Slide these into the transmission box, then slide it out and put it into the differential as shown

Finally, if you want to, follow the instructons to build your two HEAVY MACHINE GUNS and attach them where you want.

#strProject# Instruction Set © Neal Crankshaw
Available from http://www.lasercutcard.co.za
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