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UPDATE: Replacement M3 Suspension

Reviewed by Cookie Sewell


Stock Number; Description and Price

Academy 1/35 scale M3 Lee (No. 13206) and M3 Grant (No. 13212) Kits

Scale: 1/35
Media and Contents: New Sprue E (76 parts in tan styrene) for M3 suspension and turret base
Review Type: First Look
Price: price free in the US but requires a downloaded coupon from the MRC website
Advantages: corrects the too tall bogies of these kits
Disadvantages: will be hard to get outside of the US
Recommendation: Recommended


As most modelers know by now, there is a sad tale of wrong-right-wrong with the Academy suspensions for the M3 Lee Medium Tank, the M7 105mm HMC Priest, and the M3 Grant tank kits. The first and last had bogies over 2mm too high, giving an odd appearance to the kit, and the M7 had them the right height.

But unlike another large manufacturer - who was given the errors in their kit over 33 years ago and while still in production has yet to fix any errors in it – Academy has admitted a “mea culpa” and redone the suspension sprue for the M3 Lee and Grant kits.

The new sprue is a verbatim copy of the earlier one with 76 parts, but the bogies are now reduced to the correct height and thus solve the biggest challenge in building a good model from those kits.

To get these new sprues, modelers must go up on the MRC website and then scroll down to the coupon offer at the bottom. (Maximum of 2 per customer; future kits will come with the new sprues in the box, but kits out there now probably will have the old sprues.)

This is a great idea and one I wish another major manufacturer would have done years ago.

URL: http://www.modelrec.com/plastic-models/spruecrew.asp

Thanks to Ed Sexton and Bob Lewen of MRC for the review sample.

Text by Cookie Sewell
Page Created 28 December, 2008
Page Last Updated 30 December, 2008