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Posted: Tuesday, August 24, 2010 - 02:28 PM UTC

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This is another possibility



This one looks even better. You guys have some great imagination when it comes to these ribbons
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Posted: Friday, September 10, 2010 - 05:57 AM UTC
Scott,
Just made a deal for Dragon #6361 M4 81 mm Mortar Carrier, is this allowed in this campaign even though it is only a half track? If not I also have Dragon # 6462 US Marine Sherman and a Tamiya M-3Lee in the stash.
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Posted: Friday, September 10, 2010 - 05:48 PM UTC
Good question Sal, looks like there is a bit of a loophole there. I wouldn't be opposed to it, but I'm not sure that's the direction Scott wants to go with this campaign. Looks like it would be a nice kit, I just added the M21 to my collection

I just realized that I really have no idea what I'm going to build for this campaign
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Posted: Friday, September 10, 2010 - 11:12 PM UTC

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Scott,
Just made a deal for Dragon #6361 M4 81 mm Mortar Carrier, is this allowed in this campaign even though it is only a half track? If not I also have Dragon # 6462 US Marine Sherman and a Tamiya M-3Lee in the stash.



That is an interesting loop hole?I did not think about half tracks.. But I suppose since it has tracks i will allow it
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Posted: Saturday, September 11, 2010 - 02:04 AM UTC

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That is an interesting loop hole?I did not think about half tracks.. But I suppose since it has tracks i will allow it
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Yes, this is a loop hole, It has tracks, armor and an 81 mm tube, but if you guys what to keep it at American Tanks I can certainly roll with something else. What is the consensus
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Posted: Sunday, September 12, 2010 - 06:35 PM UTC
As I said before, I have no objection to it. It has tracks, is armored, and has a fairly good sized weapon
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Posted: Sunday, September 12, 2010 - 07:55 PM UTC
I'm cool with allowing halftracks. It just needs tracks and armor, right? Not necessarily a (big) gun. So an M2 or M3 halftrack would fit fine. I'll probably be doing a halftrack myself or an M47.

Cheers!
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Posted: Monday, September 13, 2010 - 02:02 AM UTC
Thanks guys for that vote of confidence. The old Tamiya M-3Lee kit that I had in the stash just wasn't doing anything for me
Now to do some research on this vehicle since I don't know much about it but it looked cool on the box art
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Posted: Thursday, September 16, 2010 - 05:15 PM UTC
That Lee wouldn't be doing much for me either
Looking forward to seeing some pre-build pics, it'd be nice to see some of the research you find if you wouldn't mind sharing with us.
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Posted: Thursday, September 16, 2010 - 11:24 PM UTC
Hey Sal,

That half-track is fine by me, but could you post lots of "in progress" shots? I've got the old Tamiya version in my stash and I'd like to see how different the Dragon one is.

That Tamiya Lee isn't much good unless you throw AM parts and effort at it. Even then it'd be best used as a kitbash for a TRV or an artillery tractor rather than a gun tank. (The recent Academy one is miles better, although you still need an AM set of bogies because Academy got them wrong...)

Tom
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Posted: Friday, September 17, 2010 - 12:37 AM UTC

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That half-track is fine by me, but could you post lots of "in progress" shots? I've got the old Tamiya version in my stash and I'd like to see how different the Dragon one is.



Tom, Tamiya's is the M21 MMC, a vehicle based on the M3, whereas the M4 is based on the M2 Halftrack. Dragon did both, see the reviews here:

M4 MMC
M21 MMC

HTH! Cheers!
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Posted: Friday, September 17, 2010 - 03:11 AM UTC

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Hey Sal,

That half-track is fine by me, but could you post lots of "in progress" shots? I've got the old Tamiya version in my stash and I'd like to see how different the Dragon one is.

That Tamiya Lee isn't much good unless you throw AM parts and effort at it. Even then it'd be best used as a kitbash for a TRV or an artillery tractor rather than a gun tank. (The recent Academy one is miles better, although you still need an AM set of bogies because Academy got them wrong...)

Tom



Hi Tom,
Yeah as I look through the box of the Lee I get this like there is not mush to this kit feeling. Do you have the Academy kit, would a kit bash work between the 2?
I'll try and post as many shot as possible once we get rolling. I thought I read some where that the Tamiya half- track was lacking as well Don't know maybe it was at this site below:

http://www.usarmymodels.com/index.html

Anyway guys in this campaign can use this site as well. I'm sure it will help
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Posted: Friday, September 17, 2010 - 11:10 AM UTC
Sal,

I wouldn't bother kitbashing the Academy & Tamiya Lee kits together - just get the Academy one and some replacement bogies. (Actually, if you get the Academy M7 too it comes with a spare set of the correct bogie frames you can use on the Lee...) The Tamiya one has several major flaws, so is best left as an organ doner.

And you're right about the Dragon half-track probably being a better kit. In fairness though, the Tamiya one is three decades old. I fully expect it will have its shortcomings! (Ah, the joys of a lifetime's hoarding of kits... ) My hope is that it's more redeamable than the Lee.

Tom
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Posted: Friday, September 17, 2010 - 06:21 PM UTC
Stefan: I have the M21 and am looking forward to building it someday.

Sal: I agree with Tom, don't even bother trying to do anything with the old Tamiya Lee.

Tom: I've seen the Tamiya halftrack build up quite nicely before, but it involved A LOT of photo etch and surgery.
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Posted: Tuesday, October 05, 2010 - 11:27 PM UTC
how bout halftracks Scott? they got some tracks or is it tanks and the like only im sure i could dig one o them up need be got a pershing sitting there waiting for an excuse to build it plus many halftracks.
cheers,
Graham
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Posted: Wednesday, October 06, 2010 - 02:29 AM UTC

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how bout halftracks Scott? they got some tracks or is it tanks and the like only im sure i could dig one o them up need be got a pershing sitting there waiting for an excuse to build it plus many halftracks.
cheers,
Graham



Graham,
I got approval for a M4 81 mm Mortar Carrier, its got tracks, armor and an 81 mm tube, you may have to specify what type of half track
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Posted: Thursday, October 07, 2010 - 08:10 PM UTC
oh ok thanks Sal i already built the M4 but i still got he M21 mortar carrier plus M2 anM3 so what ever Scott wants i got pritty much.
you'll like the M4 its a nive kit goes together well.
cheers,
Graham
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Posted: Saturday, October 09, 2010 - 03:59 PM UTC
Looks like I'm going to be going with a 1/35 Dragon Abrams, most likely the M1A1 AIM, but may go with a M1A2 SEP.
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Posted: Friday, November 12, 2010 - 11:53 AM UTC
Enlisted and I have an M3 Lee that i did not use for the Blitz 3 campaign. And Sal here is another one

Bob
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Posted: Tuesday, November 30, 2010 - 03:03 AM UTC
Hi guys!

I'd like to join. Built some shermies now ('bout four) and wanted something more modern.

Huge question mark: the Tamiya M48A3 any good? It's got a switch-slot and a battery-bed in the lower hull for crying out loud.
It also feels grossly overscale.
So? Worth building or is it not 1:35 more like 1:25?
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Posted: Tuesday, November 30, 2010 - 03:07 AM UTC
they Graham I think I'm going for a M-48
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Posted: Tuesday, November 30, 2010 - 06:41 AM UTC
I seem to recall that one thing to fix on the Tamiya 1/35 M48 is the height of the tank. It sits too high on the suspension. You need to reposition the road wheel arms to lower it (don't remember by how much).
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Posted: Wednesday, December 01, 2010 - 08:27 AM UTC
Thanks a bunch, Gary. Shouldn't be a problem.

So the M48 is a huge beast, huh? Compared to a T-55 it seems HUGE. Y'all shure it's in scale?

Sorry to bug you, but just turned a Tamiya Merkava into an airbrush testbed after starting it because it DOES seem to be way too big for 35....
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Posted: Tuesday, May 31, 2011 - 12:30 PM UTC
Hope no one forgot about this campaign! Here is a link to the photo gallery. Post pictures of your build in there when you are done to qualify for a ribbon.

All American Tracks Photo Gallery