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Building the Academy M3 Grant
Henk
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Posted: Saturday, November 22, 2008 - 10:29 AM UTC
Alan McNeilly shows in detail how he took the Academy Grant, and set about to correct the wrongs to create an accurate Grant from the Royal Wiltshire Yeomanry in North Africa.



If you have comments or questions please post them here.

Thanks!
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Posted: Friday, January 09, 2009 - 11:25 AM UTC
Alan, I have re-edited the feature based on photo orientation. This should be more in line with the text.
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Posted: Friday, January 09, 2009 - 11:42 AM UTC
Alan, nice one! That's one good looking Grant! Love what you've done with it....all the "nitty gritty" stuff.

Oh, put the cursor over the picture and left-click...it'll take you to the feature.

Mike
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Posted: Friday, January 09, 2009 - 12:15 PM UTC
Nice article Alan.
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Posted: Friday, January 09, 2009 - 08:25 PM UTC
Hi Guys,

Darren,

Thanks for re-editing the article and for all the hard work you put into it, having to re-do it after the PC fire. A bit like the build really lol, lol. The picture sequence makes much better viewing and your input is much appreciated.

Mike,

Thanks for the comments, this one was a lot of fun. All tanks should have interiors!!


Dave,

Comments as always appreciated, glad you enjoyed the read.

Cheers

Al

P.S.
On the suspension issue, I should report that Academy did in fact provide replacement spurs, be it all that mine came to late for this build, but I should have a nice useable set of M3 boggies for future projects.
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Posted: Sunday, January 11, 2009 - 04:57 AM UTC
Hey Al,
Thanks again for the heads up PM on this.
It's halftime between Man U and Chelsea and I FOUND IT !!!
Great build and review of the kit, will come in handy when I get around to building mine.
Cheers

jjumbo
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Posted: Sunday, January 11, 2009 - 07:33 AM UTC
Hi John,

I thought you might appreciate it. Don't know what the situation is about the replacement spur regarding Canada but I got one here in the UK and I know folks have been able to get them in the States. Email Academy and ask them might be a good option.

Al
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Posted: Sunday, January 11, 2009 - 08:10 AM UTC

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Hi John,

I thought you might appreciate it. Don't know what the situation is about the replacement spur regarding Canada but I got one here in the UK and I know folks have been able to get them in the States. Email Academy and ask them might be a good option.

Al



Hey Al,
Not sure if anyone in Canada was able to take advantage of the offer.
The MRC/Stevens International replacement deal only seems to be for kits purchased in the U.S.A.
Academy's English language site is not the best and at times is very hard to access things like their email address.
I think I'll get my Korean friend, who owns a LHS, to contact them directly and see what they can do.
Failing that, my friend that imports Academy may be able to help me out.
Cheers

jjumbo
AlanL
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Posted: Sunday, January 11, 2009 - 08:24 AM UTC
Hi john,

If you know the chap who imports them then he should be able to sort one out for you.

Al
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Posted: Sunday, January 11, 2009 - 11:59 AM UTC
Hi Al ..great article ...
AlanL
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Posted: Sunday, January 11, 2009 - 05:44 PM UTC
Hi Rick,

Thanks, you comments and assistance during the build were much appreciated.

Al
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Posted: Tuesday, January 27, 2009 - 01:21 AM UTC
First nice build Alan.
Great job on the beast.
A couple of questions.
First why did you not go back to Academy they were giving the Suspension parts away?
Now charging $8.00 here USA in shipping charges.
Second I hate to say but are not the Exhausts in need of changing?
If you did discard this as a Alzheimer's thing.
I am not sure on the Grant on the Lee I am working they do to be changed.
If so Tiger Models has then for $3.50 here anyway but I guess for you across the pond would be $14.00
which I think is a bummer.
Here is what I mean by rear end.
Image from US Army Ordnance Museum



And in case you were wondering how they did those Rivets.



photo by Wikipedia.

Boy if that was today OSHA would be all over them fellows no eye protection ETC...

Looks like they got a little sloppy with that Filler also.

Well correcting myself Alan in fact it appears that the British did in fact use the old style of pipes as Displayed on the Grant Monty.
So one down and one to go.
Good job Mate.
AlanL
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Posted: Tuesday, January 27, 2009 - 07:40 AM UTC
Hi Jeff,

Thanks for dropping in. The exhausts are OK for this one, so no worries there. On the spur, you probably missed the post up above, but I did in fact manage to get a replacement set of spurs here in the UK through Toyway. Unfortunately they came too late for the build which by that time I had finished.

Thanks for the comments, apprecaited. Nice pics - yes the H & S guys would be having a fit

Cheers

Al
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Posted: Tuesday, January 27, 2009 - 08:40 AM UTC
Alan do you get the replacement sprue with the kit now or do you have to get it seprately?

AlanL
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Posted: Tuesday, January 27, 2009 - 08:47 AM UTC
Hi James,

My understanding of the situation is that all new kits would have the replacement spur. You would need to check with your supplier or Academy to be sure.

You could phone Toyway on 01462 672509, I think the chaps name was John

or

email to [email protected]

Bets I can do.

Al
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Posted: Tuesday, January 27, 2009 - 08:52 AM UTC
Thanks Al

i will indeed

AlanL
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Posted: Wednesday, January 28, 2009 - 05:49 PM UTC
Hi James,

Let us know what answer you get.

Al