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Tamiya: British Crusader Mk.III
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Posted: Friday, June 16, 2017 - 06:43 PM UTC


Tamiya Models has released a 1/35 scale Crusader Mk.III and here Kevin Brant adds glue and paint for a build review.

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Posted: Friday, June 16, 2017 - 07:03 PM UTC
looks interesting
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Posted: Friday, June 16, 2017 - 07:20 PM UTC
It still appears to build up nicely. I am certain that if a new-tool from Tamiya was released that there would be some differences and yet this old model looks to hold up well.
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Posted: Saturday, June 17, 2017 - 04:33 AM UTC
looks like they have retooled the hull to correct the "step" at the front of the fenders
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Posted: Saturday, June 17, 2017 - 06:14 AM UTC

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looks like they have retooled the hull to correct the "step" at the front of the fenders



I had thought there was some re-tooling done, but the plastic itself really reminded me of Italeri. It is possible Italeri did the re-tooling.

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Posted: Saturday, June 17, 2017 - 08:48 AM UTC
I really like these odd-ball British tanks as they seem almost 19th century with their exposed bolt heads and heavy, angular lines. And being a Tamiya product it should be a fun build for all levels of modellers. That's something that the hobby desperately needs to lure and keep new members to the styrene fraternity.
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Posted: Saturday, June 17, 2017 - 03:38 PM UTC

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looks like they have retooled the hull to correct the "step" at the front of the fenders



I had thought there was some re-tooling done, but the plastic itself really reminded me of Italeri. It is possible Italeri did the re-tooling.




Compared to my old release Crusader III some re-tooling was done to the turret top, the hatches and the fenders. The original kit had a smooth turret top with no casting detail.

Italeri has been re-tooling and up-dating a lot of their older kits so we might see this version show up in an Italeri box (minus the Tamiya gear and figures?) Actually I'd rather see a re-issue of Italeri's Crusader Mark II but that's me.

I recently built the Italeri early Crusader I and upon finishing had to get the Italeri kits of the Mark II and III so I will have a shelf of these guys eventually. I've loved the Crusader cruiser tank ever since I did the ancient Airfix 1/76 as a kid.
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Posted: Tuesday, June 20, 2017 - 04:39 PM UTC
Im sure they "retooled" the price too
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Posted: Tuesday, June 20, 2017 - 05:46 PM UTC

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Im sure they "retooled" the price too

Not really. The Tamiya runs a few dollars more than the last reissue Italeri did which did not have the re-tooling or new figures (in fact it was a retro-old box-art issue)

Naturally you could probably find one really cheap at a show but you can do that with nearly any older kit. Short of that, figure on $30 for an Italeri one and $40-45 for the new Tamiya.

This decidedly is not an old dog of a kit. An old dog of a kit is Tamiya's M113 or M3 Lee not the Italeri Crusader.
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Posted: Wednesday, June 21, 2017 - 08:18 PM UTC
Pretty disappointed with this - minimum retooling - no transparencies or photo etch. And the tracks are a disgrace - they are way too big - not something that could have been missed by Tamiya but they clearly thought "CBA, let the customer sort it out, they had hide the mess under the fenders". A missed opportunity.
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Posted: Thursday, June 22, 2017 - 11:56 AM UTC
And watch, a year or two down the road Italeri releases their new re-tooled CrusaderIII and it'll include new link and length track, clear lenses for the search light and photoetch.
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Posted: Sunday, June 25, 2017 - 09:58 PM UTC

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Im sure they "retooled" the price too



I agree, I appreciate why people are defending but this being released in the same price bracket as the all-new SU-76 and Valentine.

There is a world of difference between the Cusader effort and those two and compared with them, the Crusader is well over-priced.

Cheers,

Nigel
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Posted: Wednesday, July 12, 2017 - 01:16 PM UTC
Nice job Sgt. Cute little kit.
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Posted: Wednesday, September 12, 2018 - 09:23 AM UTC
Hello, this is the 6 pdr version?
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Posted: Wednesday, September 12, 2018 - 11:11 AM UTC

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Hello, this is the 6 pdr version?


Yes, the Mk III was the six-pounder version.
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Posted: Friday, September 14, 2018 - 04:25 AM UTC
The tank used the short-barrelled 6 pounder.