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The Dragon M3A1 gets the British look.

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Gary Radford's British M3...

Gary Radford's British M3...

...the Dragon 1/35 M3A1 half track combined with British Markings from Bison Decals. United Kingdom - World War 2

Brian O'Donoghue31/05/2009 18:24:30
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Hi Gaz,
 
Looks good, check your refs with the M3 as I was 'told' that Brits only used M5/M9 and I can't be sure about Canadian use. Do you have a copy of the Ian Allen - Armour In Detail Halftracks? I will rummage through my copy for you.
 
Regards
 
Brian
Tony Dill 231/05/2009 18:58:17
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Hi Gaz,
Good to see this one running. I will be sure to follow you on this one, and I'm sure that you will turn it into a stunner.
 
Tony
Mence Wilkinson31/05/2009 19:38:41
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Nice vehicle Gaz, this should be a winner!
 
Pulling up a chair..........
 
Prof.
Brian O'Donoghue31/05/2009 22:36:46
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Hi Gaz,
 
I have looked up Terry Ganders references, he quotes the following production numbers of halftracks supplied:
 
M3/M3A1 - British = 2 - Commonwealth = 40
M5/M5A1 - British = 5238 - Commonwealth = 20
M9/M9A1 - Allocations not known
 
The Italian campaign picture of a halftrack towing the 17pdr is captioned in this book as a M9A1, however all British/Commonwealth vehicles have mine racks fitted.
 
I hope this helps
 
Brian
Chris Meddings31/05/2009 23:07:55
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A nice project Gary, count me in
 
If you're doing this one as 98th Field Regiment RA, then there is a photo on page 13 of the Concord book "British Armour in Sicily & Italy" which I think the Bison set is based on. It does not have the mine racks and looks like it doesn'y have the storage boxes
 
HTH, Chris
Brian O'Donoghue01/06/2009 08:13:57
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Hi Gaz,
 
Chris beat me to it, I found the same picture last night. The M3 was a rare beast for the Brits/Canadians during the war, after the war finished M3 trickled through for the British army. They served until the 60's and the the RA and REME were the biggest users of the vehicle, the REME variant was fitted with a front mounted boom for engine changes etc.
 
If I remember correctly there was a magazine article many years ago with the details to convert the old Tamiya kit to a REME variant, including the measurments for the boom.
 
Regards
 
Brian
Jim Rae01/06/2009 09:35:55
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Essentially the problem with both the M5 and the M9, is that they were vehicles built by White Autocar (supplied in large numbers under Lend-Lease) and the differences are, in modeling terms, virtually insurmountable.
 
Saying that you project is still a hell of an interesting one and i'll be following this one as well!
Mac McConnell01/06/2009 09:48:32
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Nice to see something British in this constant waveof German armour.
 
Mac
Gary Radford01/06/2009 19:37:49
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 This looks like I have stirred a Hornets nest here don't it. I am wondering whether to do it as a U.S version and use the decals on another project later.
Gaz
Gary Radford01/06/2009 20:13:05
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 While I am sorting that little problem out I can carry on with the build. Sub-section D of stage 1 deals with the rear axle. No major problems here to report, everything seems to be correctly numbered.
 

 

 
 The remaining section, E, F, G, and H all deal with the running gear. The picture below shows the parts for the main drive sprocket and the assembled item....
 

 
 The front tyres have got a bulge and flat spot moulded on them, I know over the past, some folks have not been too happy with this, but in my opinion I like the idea. When you assemble the front wheels make sure you get the locating points dead on, I didn't for a start and I had one hell of a job trying to get the two parts separated. You have been warned!
 

 

 
 

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