Friday, 1 June 2018

What a Tanker! Russian M3 Lee



I had a cunning plan this morning.

How about taking an old Hasegawa 1/72nd scale M3 Lee kit and kit bashing it together with the track units from an Armourfast Sherman kit, both to speed up construction and to make a more wargame proof model? I also just happened to have a Hasegawa kit in the loft, complete with a faded £3.75 Beatties price sticker to show you how long I've been collecting plastic kits!


Here's the end result after about an hour of kit building, made slightly longer by the rapacious dark green carpet monster and various 'pingy bits' of plastic kit shooting off in all directions. After all the resultant crawling around on the floor, I'm pretty pleased with this M3 Lee conversion job, especially as you can't get a quick build kit version and it fits in very well with my other Soviet tanks.

Incidentally, I've now also modified the front mud guards as I realised that they weren't correct. I also left off the rear deck stowage bins, as Soviet M3's often had these removed for some reason. The cupola machine gun was also omitted as I thought it would be too fragile for gaming purposes, but I may replace the plastic part with a piece of brass rod or similar?

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