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nicest ww II tank
m1garand
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Posted: Thursday, August 22, 2002 - 03:24 AM UTC
Also, it may not be a tank per se, but I like the look and lines of the m18 hellcat.
arawata
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Posted: Thursday, August 22, 2002 - 07:16 AM UTC
They may not have been the best performed tanks of the war but I like the stately bulk of the Matilda and the rakish angles of the Crusader

arawata
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Posted: Thursday, August 22, 2002 - 08:08 AM UTC

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Also, it may not be a tank per se, but I like the look and lines of the m18 hellcat.



Now you're cooking with gas! Yes it is a tank minus a turret roof.
YodaMan
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Posted: Thursday, August 22, 2002 - 08:12 AM UTC
Since you limit this to WW II armor, I will say (drumroll pleaese) the M4 Sherman. It just looks like a tank! It's got the looks that say, 'get out of my way, or I'll blow you to smithereens!!'!
If the question whould have been, "what's the best looking pre-1954 tank?" I will say with no doubt, the M41 Walker Bulldog. I love that tank!

YodaMan
Folgore
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Posted: Thursday, August 22, 2002 - 08:26 AM UTC
My all time favorite tank is the Matilda II. I also like the early Pz IVs though, with the stubby barrel.

Nic
Posted: Thursday, August 22, 2002 - 08:36 AM UTC
also, the StuG lllG and the StuG lVH and also the other German tank destroyers.

Bless their pea-pickin' 'lil hearts.

Chris Pig no.1
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Posted: Thursday, August 22, 2002 - 02:53 PM UTC
Well, let me see:

Pz IV from A to J, very very down to earth, all business machines.
Pz III from A to N, especially the J, very Mean looking slick thing
Tiger I, who doesn't like the Tiger, it has an outlook says "I don't care if you are Sherman, or T-34, or whatever, if I shoot at you, before you heard the sound of the gun go off, you die." #:-)
Also the StuGs family, and last but not the least The NASHORN

Gotta love those 88 guns!
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Posted: Thursday, August 22, 2002 - 06:22 PM UTC
Without reading all the post I woud like to add my two favorite tanks well the T/34 type 85 and The Tiger I.
Linz
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Posted: Thursday, August 22, 2002 - 08:53 PM UTC
Tiger, blerg. Sherman, blerg more. :-)

Nah, the best looking tank of World War II? My shortlist:

A34 Comet
M18 Hellcat
PzKpfw Ausf G/H/J (with the longer 75mm guns)
Valentine

I must admit though, most of the Sovet SU series assualt guns are very nice, but my favorite AFV would have to be the SdKfz 234/2 Puma. Sleek, fast, purposeful - all standing still!

Cheers,
Linz
Plasticbattle
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Posted: Thursday, August 22, 2002 - 09:01 PM UTC
As mentioned a few times throughout, the crusader II would be my favorite if we had some better kits for crew etc. The little turrets are impossible to pose figures in though.
I am building my first sherman at the moment and I could sway before long.
I also think the pzrIII is quite cool
Envar
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Posted: Thursday, August 22, 2002 - 09:10 PM UTC
I have to go for the King Tiger.
That´s the first tank I recognized ´cause my grandpa told a little grandson about the war and that´s The Tank he mentioned to be superior...
I still remember the image that formed in my little head and it was a huge pile of steel with a big gun and lot of noise!

Toni
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Posted: Thursday, August 22, 2002 - 09:17 PM UTC
Although not a big fan of WW2 stuff I gotta give my vote to the M24 Chaffee. IT's where I think US designers finally got the basic right if a little late. On the other hand I always liked the low slung look sturmgeshuts(spelling I know).


Josh Weingarten
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MLD
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Posted: Friday, August 23, 2002 - 04:02 AM UTC
ooohhh... Nashorn... yummy..

Yeah, I know I already voted, but "...all I need is the remote, the chair, and the paddleball game. That's ALL! "

Mike
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Posted: Friday, August 23, 2002 - 04:56 AM UTC
For shear projection of power and nasty in my book it has to go to the Tiger1. It is my favorite WW2 tank. No tank evoked such apprehension if not straight out fear. A close 2nd is the Jagdpanther. 3rd place goes to the M26 Pershing. For ugly it has to be the Char b2.

Tanks46
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brno465
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Posted: Friday, August 23, 2002 - 05:44 AM UTC
New here, First post, so Hi...........

I've nearly finished building ICM's T35, and even as a model it has "presence" from any angle. It may have been completely useless, but the Land Battleship looked more imposing
than any Tiger.

As for American tanks, I always thought the M41 Walker Bulldog had classic looks. Nice and clean and purposeful.........
GunTruck
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Posted: Friday, August 23, 2002 - 05:50 AM UTC

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New here, First post, so Hi...........



Hi back brno465 and welcome to ArmoramA.com!

Gunnie
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Posted: Friday, August 23, 2002 - 06:05 AM UTC

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New here, First post, so Hi...........

I've nearly finished building ICM's T35, and even as a model it has "presence" from any angle. It may have been completely useless, but the Land Battleship looked more imposing
than any Tiger.

As for American tanks, I always thought the M41 Walker Bulldog had classic looks. Nice and clean and purposeful.........



BRNO---welcome! Can you provide some details on your impressions of the ICM T35? Like to hear about the fit, etc.
thanks
DJ
brno465
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Posted: Friday, August 23, 2002 - 06:25 AM UTC
Whoops, double post.
Great way to start
brno465
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Posted: Friday, August 23, 2002 - 06:26 AM UTC
Hi guys. When I got the T35, I was expecting an "Eastern Block" kit, with all the drawbacks that usually carries. I was very pleasently surprised.
The only real problem has been that the top of the hull is warped, and apparently they are all like that out of the box. It is a very long molding tho, so supergluing the back end down and then tacking it down an inch at a time along the hull cured the problem.
The kit contains some of the most delicate moldings I have seen. Some parts are so thin that you can see light thru them. Very fine details are everywhere. The engine/gearbox is made up of about thirty parts, hardly any of which can be seen when the model is done
In all there are about 700 parts, 200 or-so in the individual track links, which by the way outdo anything I've seen from Academy or Dragon - No sink holes or ejector pin marks anywhere.
A few turret parts suffer from fitting too tightly as well, but nothing too hard to fix.
Anyway I think it's a great kit. It doesn't just fall together, and you need to be patient (those 200 piece tracks....shudder...), but where else are you going to get an injection molded T35?
Anyway, I'll be back later. I have to take my son to soccer.........
yagdpanzer
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Posted: Friday, August 23, 2002 - 09:13 PM UTC
Hi Everyone,

First time posting to this forum .

My favorite tank of WW11 is the Pz111 and the StuH.'s and Stug.'s built on the 111 chassis.

Fred
Ralf
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Posted: Friday, August 23, 2002 - 10:11 PM UTC
If we are spreaking about the "nicest" tank, there is allways Ferdinand Porsche-design on top: His early King Tiger with it´s sloped armour, though often critizised, is a breaking point in tank-design. And what about Panther Ausf. A, a well balanced shape with endless and powerful 7,5 gun barrel ...

Though I think, any Sherman comander in 1944 would have find these "cats" the most ugly thing ever seen in his life.
Folgore
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Posted: Saturday, August 24, 2002 - 05:23 AM UTC

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Hi guys. When I got the T35, I was expecting an "Eastern Block" kit, with all the drawbacks that usually carries. I was very pleasently surprised.
The only real problem has been that the top of the hull is warped, and apparently they are all like that out of the box. It is a very long molding tho, so supergluing the back end down and then tacking it down an inch at a time along the hull cured the problem.
The kit contains some of the most delicate moldings I have seen. Some parts are so thin that you can see light thru them. Very fine details are everywhere. The engine/gearbox is made up of about thirty parts, hardly any of which can be seen when the model is done
In all there are about 700 parts, 200 or-so in the individual track links, which by the way outdo anything I've seen from Academy or Dragon - No sink holes or ejector pin marks anywhere.
A few turret parts suffer from fitting too tightly as well, but nothing too hard to fix.
Anyway I think it's a great kit. It doesn't just fall together, and you need to be patient (those 200 piece tracks....shudder...), but where else are you going to get an injection molded T35?



I saw this kit at the local hobby shop today and, recalling this review, decided to buy it, even though it was a little more expensive than I would have liked. I opened the box and everything brno says is right. A lot of parts with fantastic molding with absolutely zero flash. It really looks like a beauty, but not only that, it's a genuine beheamoth! The model is huge (narrower than a Tiger, but longer) and has five turrets (the background info says a crew of 11!). What an amazing subject, and so beautifully done, I can't wait to get started. Anyone know of necessary aftermarket stuff for this baby?

Nic
brno465
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Posted: Saturday, August 24, 2002 - 05:45 AM UTC
Hey Folgore,
From what I have read the crew of 11 was one of it's biggest failings, they simply could not co-ordinate an attack properly with so many guns trying to aim at the same time.

A couple of points to look out for : Be careful when adding the front of the middle sized turrets (parts E-19). They are a very tight fit and forcing them will split the turret, so enlarge the opening first.
second: take your time with te hull top. Glue it a little bit at a time from the rear and the warp will not be a prob.
third: The mold release on the parts was not easy to remove, it took 5 washes in warm soapy water to see the last of it.

Your comment on pricing is interesting. Here in Oz the kit cost $55Au, whereas Tamiyas Marder III costs nearly $70. It was out of production for a while tho, and I saw in a magazine that it was being re-released - maybe you have the new one...........
Hope you like it as much as I do anyway :-)
Folgore
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Posted: Saturday, August 24, 2002 - 05:52 AM UTC
Maybe I just got ripped off. It was $75 CDN here and, if I'm correct, our currency is pretty similar to yours. Well, if it is a new one, maybe the warp will be fixed. I think it will be worth it. Thanks for the advice, brno.

Nic
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Posted: Saturday, August 24, 2002 - 06:07 AM UTC

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Hi Everyone,

First time posting to this forum .

My favorite tank of WW11 is the Pz111 and the StuH.'s and Stug.'s built on the 111 chassis.

Fred

Welcome Fred. You are a lucky man with the new Tamiya PzKpw III, StuG III and DML kits to chose from.