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Armor and ground forces of the Allied forces during World War II.
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New M3 Lee with interior by Miniart
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Posted: Thursday, October 11, 2018 - 02:38 AM UTC
http://miniart-models.com/products/35206-m3-lee-early-production-interior-kit/

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Posted: Thursday, October 11, 2018 - 02:57 AM UTC
Dang, the engine alone on that kit makes it worth the price
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Posted: Thursday, October 11, 2018 - 03:03 AM UTC
Thatís very nice. Iíll stop buying kits right after this one.........
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Posted: Thursday, October 11, 2018 - 10:31 AM UTC
Looks fantastic, thanks Miniart!!!
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Posted: Thursday, October 11, 2018 - 10:46 AM UTC
I like that.
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Posted: Thursday, October 11, 2018 - 06:46 PM UTC
>Thatís very nice. Iíll stop buying kits right after this one.........

Yeah, but the Ferdinand with full interior is coming out, too...
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Posted: Thursday, October 11, 2018 - 11:01 PM UTC
Was talking to the Canadian distributors about this kit, they have seen a test build, and they say it looks amazing.

There is also a rumor that more M3 variants will follow.
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Posted: Thursday, October 11, 2018 - 11:22 PM UTC

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Was talking to the Canadian distributors about this kit, they have seen a test build, and they say it looks amazing.

There is also a rumor that more M3 variants will follow.



If they continue the business model they have already established with the T-54/55 the rumor would be more of a solidly educated guess
Maximising the return on investment for the molds, reuse them for as many variants as possible
/ Robin
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Posted: Friday, October 12, 2018 - 12:10 AM UTC
Well, they published their family plans some time ago. Amazing to say the least!



With some extra moulds they can do whatever they want, from welded to cast hulls, ARVs, etc.
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Posted: Friday, October 12, 2018 - 02:14 AM UTC
I am hoping they do a Ram I and Ram II.
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Posted: Friday, October 12, 2018 - 04:20 AM UTC
It would be really nice if one of the late Commonwealth LEEs/Grants had the full set of British Stowage boxes, the aux fuel tank and the armoured engine air inlet. These were in in England for training and in the Far East in combat units.

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Posted: Friday, October 12, 2018 - 08:51 AM UTC

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It would be really nice if one of the late Commonwealth LEEs/Grants had the full set of British Stowage boxes, the aux fuel tank and the armoured engine air inlet. These were in in England for training and in the Far East in combat units.

Paul


From the illustration it looks like the Australian M3 Lee kit will have all that as least as far as can be told from the picture. I definitely see the extra storage boxes.
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Posted: Friday, October 12, 2018 - 10:01 AM UTC
Like a bus you wait for ages and 2 or more come along at the same time. Nice surprise though and looks great.
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Posted: Friday, October 12, 2018 - 11:15 AM UTC

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I am hoping they do a Ram I and Ram II.



That would be fantastic!!!!
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Posted: Monday, October 15, 2018 - 05:25 AM UTC

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It would be really nice if one of the late Commonwealth LEEs/Grants had the full set of British Stowage boxes, the aux fuel tank and the armoured engine air inlet. These were in in England for training and in the Far East in combat units.

Paul


From the illustration it looks like the Australian M3 Lee kit will have all that as least as far as can be told from the picture. I definitely see the extra storage boxes.


The Aussie Lee has _some_ of the boxes, but not the whole set as I can see two places where there should be boxes and there are not. Also not sure if the aux fuel tank is there, but it doesn't look to be.

Some is better than none, certainly, but it would be nice to have the whole set.

Paul

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Posted: Monday, October 15, 2018 - 08:55 AM UTC

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I am hoping they do a Ram I and Ram II.



That would be fantastic!!!!



Maybe if we are all really, really good; a very early Sherman I and II with interiors?

The Ram I would be easy enough with all the Lee/Grant bits they'll be doing. Look at the unexpected self propelled guns they did with the T-54/55 bits.

But there are too many little differences in dimensions and fittings to hope for an M2 and M2A1 medium.
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Posted: Monday, October 15, 2018 - 01:06 PM UTC

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It would be really nice if one of the late Commonwealth LEEs/Grants had the full set of British Stowage boxes, the aux fuel tank and the armoured engine air inlet. These were in in England for training and in the Far East in combat units.

Paul


From the illustration it looks like the Australian M3 Lee kit will have all that as least as far as can be told from the picture. I definitely see the extra storage boxes.



*sees the Aussie Lee*
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Posted: Tuesday, October 16, 2018 - 04:31 AM UTC

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But there are too many little differences in dimensions and fittings to hope for an M2 and M2A1 medium.


Given the way the industry is going, it's nowhere near as hopeless to wish for an M2 as it used to be, but, yeah, it's still a pretty long shot.

However, with all the aftermarket bits available plus good drawings, a slab-sided design and the excellent Takom or Miniart Lees to start from , scratchbuilding an M2 or M2A1 isn't very hard at all.

I did one based on the ancient Tamiya Lee 25 years ago. It was the master for Commander's kit.