Academy M3A1 Half Track Kit

Academy M3A1 Half Track Kit

Post by Gordon McLaughli » Sun, 30 Dec 2007 08:28:34



I bought the Academy 1/72 kit of the M3A1 Half Track today.  I can't get at
most of my AFV references at the moment so can't check this myself so I
thought I'd ask the experts here.  Should the M3A1 really have the folding
luggage racks on the outside of the rear hull plates as shown in the kit?  I
know that these were fitted to the M3A2 but can't find any evidence of their
being fitted to the M3A1.

In addition, do the 30cal MGs in the kit seem a little undersized?

I nearly bought the Academy GMC CCKW 353 truck but decided against it when I
had a look at the cab.  Instead of the characteristic hinged V windscreen,
the kit has a rectangular windscreen opening that looks wrong and would be
very difficult to rectify.  Has anyone dealt with this?

Best wishes for the New Year.

Gordon McLaughlin

 
 
 

Academy M3A1 Half Track Kit

Post by AMPS.. » Sun, 30 Dec 2007 08:35:51



Quote:
> I bought the Academy 1/72 kit of the M3A1 Half Track today. I can't get at
> most of my AFV references at the moment so can't check this myself so I
> thought I'd ask the experts here. Should the M3A1 really have the folding
> luggage racks on the outside of the rear hull plates as shown in the kit? I
> know that these were fitted to the M3A2 but can't find any evidence of their
> being fitted to the M3A1.

> In addition, do the 30cal MGs in the kit seem a little undersized?

> I nearly bought the Academy GMC CCKW 353 truck but decided against it when I
> had a look at the cab. Instead of the characteristic hinged V windscreen,
> the kit has a rectangular windscreen opening that looks wrong and would be
> very difficult to rectify. Has anyone dealt with this?

> Best wishes for the New Year.

> Gordon McLaughlin

The luggage racks were a late-war addition and therefore if you're
doing an ETO vehicle in the late summer of 1944 on it's fine.

Cookie Sewell

 
 
 

Academy M3A1 Half Track Kit

Post by Gordon McLaughli » Sun, 30 Dec 2007 20:56:38


Most interesting, Cookie.  Thanks for the prompt reply. I think I'll leave
them off.

Gordon McLaughlin



Quote:
> I bought the Academy 1/72 kit of the M3A1 Half Track today. ?I can't get
> at
> most of my AFV references at the moment so can't check this myself so I
> thought I'd ask the experts here. ?Should the M3A1 really have the folding
> luggage racks on the outside of the rear hull plates as shown in the kit?
> ?I
> know that these were fitted to the M3A2 but can't find any evidence of
> their
> being fitted to the M3A1.

> In addition, do the 30cal MGs in the kit seem a little undersized?

> I nearly bought the Academy GMC CCKW 353 truck but decided against it when
> I
> had a look at the cab. ?Instead of the characteristic hinged V windscreen,
> the kit has a rectangular windscreen opening that looks wrong and would be
> very difficult to rectify. ?Has anyone dealt with this?

> Best wishes for the New Year.

> Gordon McLaughlin

The luggage racks were a late-war addition and therefore if you're
doing an ETO vehicle in the late summer of 1944 on it's fine.

Cookie Sewell