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Mirage 1/72 M3 Stuart
Teacher
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Posted: Wednesday, December 20, 2006 - 06:35 PM UTC
Mike Drobrzelecki takes a look at these two tiny kits from Mirage Hobby.

Mirage Hobby M3 Stuart



If you have comments or questions please post them here.

Thanks!
RichardM
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Posted: Wednesday, December 20, 2006 - 06:57 PM UTC
Don't know about the kits themselves but now I want to read some good old "G.I. Combat" and "The Bomb" comics :-)

BillyBishop
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Posted: Wednesday, December 20, 2006 - 11:34 PM UTC
Well done review! Very in depth. I too want to read "The Bomb" comics...

Happy Holidays, Michael
MiG-17
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Posted: Thursday, December 21, 2006 - 02:09 PM UTC
Great M3 Stuart review ! I loved G. I. Combat as a kid. 12 cents for a comic book, not in this day and age ! Cheers-

Rob-
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Posted: Thursday, December 21, 2006 - 06:07 PM UTC
Mike mentions the need to trim the one piece rubber tracks on the M3A3 (and posssibly the M3). Here are two pics showing the before and after. The rubber tracks respond nicely to CA glue, so once the three links are cut, rejoin them under the return roller, should hold nicely.

Frank





Halfyank
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Posted: Thursday, December 21, 2006 - 06:53 PM UTC
Great review Mike! I don't model 1/72 but when I saw the review was on a Stuart I had to read it. You had me at the first mention of G.I. Combat. That comic is also my reason for loving the Stuart, loving Olive Drab, and loving modeling. Back when I was reading G.I. Combat I'd guess 1/72 was probably the only game in town until Tamiya came out with their Stuart. That was back in the day when we were just happy to have a Suart at all, and didn't know, or couldn't care less if we did know, about all the accuracy problems with the old Tammy kit. This review has probably sold at least one of these kits, to me, and I'd guess many, many more to others here. Mirage ought to send you a nice commission check. Thanks for making my day.
Karybdis
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Posted: Wednesday, December 27, 2006 - 02:03 AM UTC
Great review!

I just wanted to pop in and say that the Haunted Tank was created by writer Robert Kanigher and artist Russ Heath, not Joe Kubert. Kubert was one of many artists that drew the comic, but he didn't create it. Credit where credit's due and all that.

Cheers!
MikeDobrzelecki
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Posted: Monday, January 01, 2007 - 08:59 PM UTC
Thanks for the kind words on my review to all who responded, especially the correction on the originators of GI Combat's Haunted Tank series, namely Robert Kanigher & Russ Heath.

I have a correction on the links to order Atom Bomb comics - Catskill Comics no longer represents Atom Bomb comics. Go direct to Steve Mannion's website - http://search.ebay.com/_W0QQsassZgophernugget
or use his ebay site - ttp://search.ebay.com/_W0QQsassZgophernugget

Mike Dobrzelecki
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Posted: Tuesday, January 02, 2007 - 03:04 AM UTC
Good to see you Mike,
Hope to see more of your reviews and a few articles.
Happy New Year to you and the family.

I really should call my separated at birth, long lost brother. :-)