After a quick break from the bench to get a much needed holiday in I'm back at it and have made some good progress on the model. The front mud guards did not really fit any better with the fenders on so I've removed them and worked on the mounting to the hull. The result is a much better fit.
The turret has also had some work in the form of Mr surfacer for some cast texture and adding tie downs using lead wire. The smoke dischargers were also drilled out. As you can see with the texture added the mantlet cover now blends in nicely with the turret. Still a long way to go, as with most AFV club kits you need to take your time and test fit everything before committing to glue.