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WWI and other early tanks and armored cars.
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Pre-WWII Tanks
Phyrman09
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Posted: Thursday, May 07, 2015 - 08:02 PM UTC
Looking for kris of pre-WII U.S. tanks. I have most of the Commander Models resin kits already. Looking for kits or mods that will help create M2 series, T7 Combat Car series and early GMC/HMC. Also, any back date conversions for the Stuart series. To get the early and late M3 before the A1 and A3 versions. Any help is greatly appreciated! Thanks all!
Cantstopbuyingkits
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Posted: Thursday, May 07, 2015 - 08:08 PM UTC
What version of the M2 are you looking for? The light or the medium tank?
Phyrman09
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Posted: Thursday, May 07, 2015 - 08:21 PM UTC
Both actually, though the light was what I had in mind at the time. Thanks.
Cantstopbuyingkits
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Posted: Thursday, May 07, 2015 - 08:32 PM UTC
Well unfortunately I only know about the Commander models version of those tank which I guess you've already bought, someone like Takom or Bronco might do a styrene tooling soon though
Phyrman09
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Posted: Thursday, May 07, 2015 - 08:42 PM UTC
Hope so...thanks!
ericadeane
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Posted: Thursday, May 07, 2015 - 09:33 PM UTC
My advice would be to start building what you already have(rather than acquiring more) -- by the time you get a few done, some plastic maker may have issued more. I'm a big fan of pre-war US AFVs too but I'm there's not much out there in resin that excites me. I've gathered lots of bits and research to do a full scratchbuild M2A1 medium tank (yes, I know there's a resin kit). Start building!
Bravo1102
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Posted: Thursday, May 07, 2015 - 11:09 PM UTC
Back in the 1970's someone scratch-built an M2A1 medium based on the Monogram M3 so it certainly isn't impossible or even that difficult since it is all flat pieces.


Ironside once did a M2A4 light tank conversion based on the Academy M3. It wasn't that bad as the changes from the "Honey" kit weren't that major. Again all flat pieces except for the extended recoil housing on the 37mm. There was also an M1 Combat Car kit?


Too bad no one else ever considered doing resin conversion kits. Stuarts (and their immediate predecessors) really have gotten no respect.


Just imagine a world where the M2-M3-M5 light tank series got the loving and anal attention Dragon has lavished on the Pzkpfw III.
Phyrman09
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Posted: Thursday, May 07, 2015 - 11:17 PM UTC
I agree with you whole heartily! Thanks!
ericadeane
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Posted: Friday, May 08, 2015 - 01:06 AM UTC
Steve: Paul Roberts (who frequently posts here) did a master of the M2A1 for Commanders Series back in the 80s -- converting the Tamiya M3 Lee. They have since issued an updated one (I don't know who mastered the 2nd try). I think Cookie Sewell build it up for Military Modelling a few years ago.

To truly be accurate, the suspension needs lots of work b/c it was narrower than M3/M4 Medium tanks. The drive sprocket had different number of teeth and the track was narrower. Granted, the body isn't insurmountable -- but that doggone suspension has me stuck.

tankmodeler
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Posted: Friday, May 08, 2015 - 10:26 AM UTC

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I've gathered lots of bits and research to do a full scratchbuild M2A1 medium tank (yes, I know there's a resin kit).


You even know the guy who made the master...

And yes, 20 years later, it could have been better. :-)

Paul