My first thoughts are "not bad". they are sizeable beasts, and for around £10 a go they are a really good price, a third of the official model's cost.
|The main assembly of the body-3 pieces|
The model comes in several pieces, all of which slip together easily; there are no instructions but to be fair, the model is simple enough to build. No options though which is disappointing. The parts were not on a sprue, but did look like they were at one point and were ripped off, rather than cut. This has left some slight damage where too much of the sprue was ripped off and took some of the model with it, leaving a puckered dent or chunk of mauled plastic/resin.
I was disappointed about a few more things. First off, the design is a tad...basic to what I'm used to. Quite a lot of the model is chunky and simple, with a number of 'soft details';apart from the treads, they're well done. Of course I can add my own details and change the model about, which is one good thing. I do have to saw off the seat for my conversion, as the whole middle body is one piece. Parts of the model were warped, some of them the really thick pieces like the track units. One of the gun-shields was quite badly warped, it's a good thing I don't need that part.
On one of the models, I was also missing something, the tip of one of the gun batteries. I won't need it in my conversions, but it would have been nice to have got the full kit (I know, it's probably a one off).
Overall, a 6/10 for this model, for those who like a number. It is cheap and has potential, but the quality, whilst not appalling isn't the best I've been blessed with lately. Here's a summary of the good and bad things about the Hailstorm gun:
-Simple to build
-Free "Mantic points" (collect them to get free mantic stuff!)
-Basic Design-limits customisability without serious hacking/slashing
-Some details not as well-defined as they could be