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The president’s new kit round up

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Once again MAFVA’s president, Paul Middleton has been researching forthcoming kits and this is what he’s found.

Meng is due to release a Sherman M4A3 (76) W. This is what their press release says (No doubt translated from Chinese):

“The M4 Medium Tank, also called Sherman, was a tank without a frightening main gun or thick armor. It was not designed by famous scholars or driven by crew with shining medals. However, it’s the peak of the-then industrial production. At the beginning of design, its size was taken into consideration for strategic transport by ship. A large number of other weapon components were used to simplify the design and production. Thanks to the uniform specifications, the same parts machined by different production process could be produced in large numbers. The M4 Sherman’s gun was not limited to a specific ammunition. And its tracks didn’t need to be changed to special tracks for rail transport. Nearly 50,000 of this top design tank were produced. It had a complete range of variants. There’s no doubt that it played an important role in the victory of the Allies.
This latest MENG TS-043 U.S. Medium Tank M4A3 (76) W model is 206mm long and 90mm tall. This kit has a total of 1,190 parts. The key suspension structure is the same as on the same vehicle. This movable suspension is realistic and reliable. This kit features fairly complete equipment cast numbers and realistic surface details. This kit includes high-strength workable tracks with “duckbill” end connectors. Fine PE parts and metal cables are included. A gift metal barrel is included in the first batch of products.”

The next one is a bit different. There is a Crowdfunding project going on to produce a 1/35th scale kit of a Spanish BMR 600 PP M1. This probably wouldn’t be considered an economic production by the regular kit manufacturers so it will be interesting to see where this project goes. The break-even point is 1000 kits so if pre-orders exceed this target the kit will go ahead. If not the sponsors will have their deposit (of $49.99) returned. If you are interested click here for details.

 

The next few are lacking written details so we’ll just have to go with the photos we’ve received.

Modell Trans Modellbau Raketenjagdpanzer “Hetzer” – 1/72nd scale

 

 

 

 

Zebrano AEC Mk III  – 1/72nd scale

 

 

 

 

Dragon – Whittmann’s Last Tiger – we’re not even sure what scale this is as there’s nothing in the photo to give any clues, not even a part number.

…and some more from Dragon that, again, are without accompanying text, but have quite comprehensive visual information… 

A 1/35th scale Pz.Kpfw.III depicted as it would have looked if Operation SeeLowe (Operation Sealion – the 1940 invasion of Britain) had gone ahead.

A PLA ‘Gongchen’ Tank ( a captured Type 97 ChiHa tank with a Shinhobo turret) in 1/35th scale.

…and an early Priest also from Dragon. We’re assuming this is in 1/35th scale but again there is no information to go with the picture.

The last image in this batch is a war-time Opel saloon car from ICM. The box art shows it in civilian livery. There is no mention at this time if this comes with a military staff car option.

 

 

We’ve also had word of a forthcoming 1/35th scale Sherman M4A3E8 from Rye Field models and a ‘Paper Panzer’ Panther F with night sights and air defence spaced armour from Dragon but unfortunately the images weren’t good enough to reproduce.

No prices as yet, but keep an eye on the dealers’ website for these new kit to appear as stock arrives.

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