Yes, I think you are certainly right about losing the rivets (although those I can replace) but the ball mount for the Lewis is another problem altogether. Do I attempt it or just live with the problem? I notice on Loe Stener's excellent model shop website that there is a company that makes aftermarket resin parts for Emhar WWi tanks (can't remember the name of the manufacturer at the moment) and they seem to do everything but replacement sponsons.....I cannot believe that no one has thought of doing these in before in 1/35. Andy
It starts as a trickle of sand. Little by little it turns into an avalanche!The number of changes that have to be made to the Emhar male sponsons almost add up to a total scratch build. It's been fixed in 1/72 with the Matador sponsons, but in 1/35 I think there isn't anything.
Maybe you could live with, and learn to love, the faults.Maybe you could get the Interus Mark V kit, just for its sponson. (But wouldn't that leave...)
Or, maybe you could scratch build two 1/35 male sponsons, and then make a mould from them and go into business selling good sponsons!
Best o' luck!