Wednesday, October 28

Preview: MiniArt's 35th scale M3 Lee - Mid Prod. Interior Kit

MiniArt has already given us the Grant and the late version of the M3 Lee tank in 35th scale, but now they have gone back a little earlier - to the Mid production variant that saw action in the battlefield of Tunis. We have Colours, decals & features and some on the original tank in our preview.

Preview: MiniArt's 35th scale M3 Lee - Mid Prod. Interior Kit

M3 Lee - Mid Prod. 
Interior Kit
From Miniart Models
Kit No #35209
1/35th scale
Decals for five variants of Lee tank
Miniart has not brought us the mid-production M3 Lee with a full interior kit before, we have the late, but now it's time for a boxing-themed in the battle of Tunis with full interior, updated mid-production features and five decal choices in this new boxing.

The Subject: 
Design commenced in July 1940, and the first M3s were operational in late 1941. The U.S. Army needed a medium tank armed with a 75mm gun and, coupled with the United Kingdom's immediate demand for 3,650 medium tanks, the Lee began production by late 1940. The design was a compromise meant to produce a tank as soon as possible.
The M3 had the considerable firepower and good armour, but had serious drawbacks in its general design and shape, including a high silhouette, an archaic sponson mounting of the main gun preventing the tank from taking a hull-down position, riveted construction, and poor off-road performance. They were extensively used in northern Africa and Tunisia especially.
Its overall performance was not satisfactory as the Army might have hoped, and the tank was withdrawn from combat in most theatres when the M4 Sherman tank became available in larger numbers.
MiniArt's new Lee - Mid Production: What we know...
MiniArt is making the most out of their research and their moulds. The American version of the Lee tank is offered this time in this mid-production boxing. We have the feature set of the tank here to give you some context of the parts we will show you later.

The advertised feature set from MiniArt:
Metal Surfaces And Weld Lines Accurately Represented In The Model
Workable T41 Tracks Included
Continental R975 Engine Included
Detailed Engine Compartment
Accurately Represented Interior Of Turret included
Fully Detailed Fighting Compartment Interior
Driver Compartment Interior Accurately Represented
All Hatches Can Be Posed Open & Closed
Clear Parts Included
Decals Sheet For 5 Options & Photo-etched Parts Included
Colour profiles for the five tanks included in this boxing
That is all we know about this kit so far, See more about all of MiniArt's kits on their website...