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Armor and ground forces of the Allied forces during World War II.
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Nice Unnoticed parts on the Academy M3A1
sarge18
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Posted: Sunday, December 01, 2002 - 02:56 PM UTC
On sprue E, it includes two sets of bolts, and two sets of tie downs. *chuckle* You have to shave them off, but they are there!
sarge18
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Posted: Sunday, December 01, 2002 - 03:16 PM UTC
Actually, just discovered that on both of the Stuart kits that Academy issued, on each of the turret specific sprues, there are two different sets of rivets and tie downs molded onto the sprue itself. Sweet!
cfbush2000
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Posted: Sunday, December 01, 2002 - 04:17 PM UTC
The M3A1 is out? When and where did you find it? :-)
sarge18
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Posted: Sunday, December 01, 2002 - 04:27 PM UTC
Bought it in Korea for $8 just before I PCS from there. *grin* Same price for the Honey, also.
cfbush2000
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Posted: Sunday, December 01, 2002 - 04:33 PM UTC
I was stationed at Kwang Ju in 87. Like the idiot I can be, the only model I bought in my year there was a Drum Set, I think it was by Academy. And that got lost in transit.
sarge18
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Posted: Sunday, December 01, 2002 - 11:46 PM UTC
A friend of mine got me suckered into it again, and at the price, you can afford a few messups. Most of their models were priced below $10, so that made it quite sweet.
Sabot
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Posted: Monday, December 02, 2002 - 04:28 AM UTC

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The M3A1 is out? When and where did you find it? :-)

I saw them last weekend at Chesterfield Hobby shop outside of Richmond, VA.
Oberst
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Posted: Monday, December 02, 2002 - 04:52 AM UTC
Sarge, do you know what , if any PE sets are compatible for the M3A1?

Andrew
sarge18
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Posted: Monday, December 02, 2002 - 12:27 PM UTC
Building this one without PE, but from what I understand, there are parts of the Eduard(I think) PE set of the M3 Honey, that apply to this one, as well as some of the PE for Tamiya's that fit as well.
Plasticbattle
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Posted: Monday, December 02, 2002 - 01:24 PM UTC
Wouldnt it be great if manufacturers molded in little extras like this on their sprues. Even if not all used they would be great for the spare parts bin or scratchbuilding extras. Fairplay to Academy for their effort. I recently built Tamiyas early M4 and it had loads of stowage for it, and yet other kits have next to nothing. These little extras mean a lot.
sarge18
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Posted: Tuesday, December 03, 2002 - 11:29 PM UTC
I have had a chance to paw over some of Academy's older offerings, some of their direct copies from Tamiya, and most of their newer items, and as they matured, I am severely impressed. And, especially with the M3A1, since it was a nice comfortable build.