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US M103 Heavy Tank
Spuds (Tom Murphy) said
Posted: Thursday, January 27, 2011 - 03:25 PM GMT
Has anyone ever produced a US M103 heavy tank in 1/35th scale?
TheGreatPumpkin (Georg Eyerman) said
Posted: Thursday, January 27, 2011 - 03:33 PM GMT
Tom,
I built one a while ago, here's the link: http://www.armorama.com/modules.php?op=modload&name=SquawkBox&file=index&req=viewtopic&topic_id=124551&page=1 Good luck!
Regards,
Georg
GeraldOwens (Gerald Owens) said
Posted: Thursday, January 27, 2011 - 08:49 PM GMT

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Has anyone ever produced a US M103 heavy tank in 1/35th scale?


As George pointed out, there was the Commanders 1/35th scale kit of the M103A2 in resin. Commanders went out of the tank business some years ago to concentrate on their highly profitable resin ship line, but just a few weeks ago, they announced they were jumping back into resin tanks again, so your timing is perfect.
Accurate Armour in Scotland promised a 1/35th M103 kit some years ago, but it seems never to have materialized.
Spuds (Tom Murphy) said
Posted: Friday, January 28, 2011 - 12:50 AM GMT
Georg/Gerald, thanks for your replies. Seems like Commanders is back in full swing once again. I already have their M1 Combat Car, M2A1 and M2A4 light tanks, Ford 3t tank, and T1E2. They have promised to dredge up their M22 Locust and T3 Christie conversion sometime in the spring. Just in case they pull out the old M103 molds again, I'll be keeping your build on the M103 very handy, Georg. Great job and a very nice looking model. This is great news , especially since I just paid my yearly income taxes.
1.90E_31 (Jon) said
Posted: Sunday, January 30, 2011 - 03:44 AM GMT

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Seems like Commanders is back in full swing once again. I already have their M1 Combat Car, M2A1 and M2A4 light tanks, Ford 3t tank, and T1E2. They have promised to dredge up their M22 Locust and T3 Christie conversion sometime in the spring. Just in case they pull out the old M103 molds again, I'll be keeping your build on the M103 very handy, Georg. Great job and a very nice looking model. This is great news , especially since I just paid my yearly income taxes.



The status of the M103 is as follows. All of the master parts have been located, except for the hull. We believe we know where it is, but it's been a problem of getting it back from there. As soon as we are able to get it, we're planning on reissuing the kit on a limited run basis.

Tom is correct in that we have returned to the armor business, and we're slowly getting things back into production. The line will be a combination of some of the older kits (M1 combat car, M2A4, T1E2, etc.), and new kits which we are building (M2A1, M2A2, M2A3, T7/M1 Scout Car, M561 GamaGoat, etc.). You can see a listing of what's available and what we're working on here:

http://ironshipwrights.com/armor/armor.html

Also, there are a couple of things we may have at AMPS East in April which we're not sure about, and so they're not listed. Finally, the T3 Christie conversion is being rebuilt to be used with the new Tamiya BT kit, and that may be ready in time for the AMPS show.

Jon Warneke
Commander Models, Inc.
tankmodeler (Paul Roberts) said
Posted: Monday, January 31, 2011 - 03:45 PM GMT

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Accurate Armour in Scotland promised a 1/35th M103 kit some years ago, but it seems never to have materialized.


Mark Hazzard continues to work (albeit ever so slowly ) on his M103. Being a perfectionist, Mark has told me he's rebuilt the hull & turret several times to get it as accurate as possible.

The price of perfection, of course, is time.

Paul
tankmodeler (Paul Roberts) said
Posted: Monday, January 31, 2011 - 03:48 PM GMT

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The status of the M103 is as follows. All of the master parts have been located, except for the hull. We believe we know where it is, but it's been a problem of getting it back from there. As soon as we are able to get it, we're planning on reissuing the kit on a limited run basis.


Jon,

I still have a first generation casting of my master for the turret, hull, main gun and several smaller parts needed to make an accurate M103A2. If you're interested, please PM me. It needs a little clean-up, but it's in really good shape

Paul
blaster76 (Steve Joyce) said
Posted: Monday, January 31, 2011 - 06:51 PM GMT
An M103 AND a Gamma Goat. WOW!!! I wondered if I would ever live to see the day. I will add these to the stash in the near future....afte i stop spending all my money on everything elsei seem to think I need.
Sabot said
Posted: Tuesday, February 01, 2011 - 01:06 AM GMT

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An M103 AND a Gamma Goat. WOW!!! I wondered if I would ever live to see the day. I will add these to the stash in the near future....afte i stop spending all my money on everything elsei seem to think I need.


Dang dinosaur tankers; next you'll start talking about searchlight tank duties...
TankCarl (Carl Iannotti) said
Posted: Tuesday, February 01, 2011 - 05:41 AM GMT
@Sabot, searchlight duty was the one thing my crew WANTED to do, no hanging around humping ammo at the range loading area.
1.90E_31 (Jon) said
Posted: Tuesday, February 01, 2011 - 06:33 AM GMT

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@Sabot, searchlight duty was the one thing my crew WANTED to do, no hanging around humping ammo at the range loading area.



Right up until the crew going downrange picked up the searchlight tank rather than the illuminated target. Never saw a crew button up quicker than that time...
odiesan (Jon Harvey) said
Posted: Thursday, March 17, 2011 - 07:13 AM GMT
Was there ever a kit for a M103A1?
GeraldOwens (Gerald Owens) said
Posted: Friday, March 18, 2011 - 05:37 AM GMT

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Was there ever a kit for a M103A1?


Not so far. Only the USMC diesel version.
Cobrahistorian (Jon Bernstein) said
Posted: Friday, June 10, 2011 - 04:33 PM GMT
I just got to climb around an M103 today (in Radcliff, KY) and took a bunch of pics of it. Of course, I immediately came back to my laptop to see how I could convert an M48 into a 103, but I guess it would be far more scratchbuilding than initially anticipated. Glad to see the resin kit will be reissued soon!

Jon
WARDUKWNZ (Phill) said
Posted: Friday, June 10, 2011 - 04:49 PM GMT
Since we all going on about the M103 ,,what about them building a M 51 Heavy Armored Recovery Vehicle of the USMC ..based on the same chassis aint it ? ,,now that would be a nice model to add the collection and BIG to ..by the way does anyone make a kit of that machine ?
zapper (Erik von Rosen) said
Posted: Saturday, June 11, 2011 - 12:55 AM GMT
A M51 like this ?

Have the kit on the shelf and it look great!

Cheers,
/E
WARDUKWNZ (Phill) said
Posted: Saturday, June 11, 2011 - 01:40 PM GMT
Erik that would be the bugger all right ..she's an impressive bit of kit ..so it is made as a kit ,,i know where my savings are going ..once i have savings that is
1.90E_31 (Jon) said
Posted: Tuesday, July 05, 2011 - 09:09 AM GMT
Update on the M103 kit. All of the parts have been cast, and can be previewed here:

http://ironshipwrights.com/armor/M103.html

We're now working on update the instructions to take in the new hull design and other parts. Look for the kit to be ready for sale shortly. And, since this is a heavy tank, it does call for a follow on...



Jon
TacticalSquirrel (Steve Tyliszczak) said
Posted: Tuesday, July 05, 2011 - 11:29 AM GMT
M6?
TheGreatPumpkin (Georg Eyerman) said
Posted: Tuesday, July 05, 2011 - 05:29 PM GMT
Hi Guys,
I don't want to belittle Jon's efforts, but be aware that the lower hull of the M103 is much pointier than the kit portrays. I am guessing that the masters were created from mating 2 Tamiya M-48 hulls together which isn't quite right. That being said, many detail parts can be pilfered as the kit parts are just resin copies of the Tamiya parts. The kit is impressive, no matter of its faults. Since Mark H. has never gotten around to finishing the M103 from Accurate Armour, this is the only game in town. Good luck!
Regards,
Georg
tankmodeler (Paul Roberts) said
Posted: Wednesday, July 06, 2011 - 10:16 AM GMT
As another minor point for those wishing to correct it, the shapes of the suspension mounts on the M103 are considerably different than those in the resin kit. The one shown are a direct copy of the mounts in the Tamiya kit and are overly simplified. Just a head's up.

Paul
errains (Eric Rains) said
Posted: Wednesday, July 06, 2011 - 11:12 AM GMT
Hey Jon,

Your little teaser wouldn't be one of these?.....please say it is
If so how can I pre-order one or two or three.....TODAY!!!