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Valentine Mk.I (test shot photos)
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New Hampshire, United States
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Posted: Monday, March 28, 2011 - 03:52 PM UTC
AFV Club has sent us a test-shot of their upcoming Valentine Mk.I kit. Check out the photos!

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Texas, United States
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Posted: Monday, March 28, 2011 - 06:50 PM UTC
This is going to be interesting to compare to the MiniArt Valentine's, I'm looking forward to seeing the full review on the finalized kit
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England - South West, United Kingdom
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Posted: Monday, March 28, 2011 - 11:20 PM UTC
Looks like that's the one to get. The level of detail is very nice - just look at those springs!
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Al Qahirah, Egypt / لعربية
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Posted: Monday, March 28, 2011 - 11:58 PM UTC
Thanks for this review.. Looks like a great kit!

I think those plastic springs will raise the bar and set new standards for future kits that have springs in the chassis and such. Other manufacturers should take note of this.

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South Carolina, United States
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Posted: Tuesday, March 29, 2011 - 01:57 AM UTC
This is one that I've been waiting on!

Now under the operating assumption that no kit is perfect, the real question will be what are the areas where the AFV kit is an improvement over the Miniart kit?

I'm sure the AFV kit will have some short-comings, too, but when coupled to the areas that are better than the Miniart kit, will these short-comings hold the AFV kit back from being the overall better of the two, or will it come out on top overall?

At one time, AFV had that nice little animated clip on their website showing the working suspension, and ability to articulate the kit's suspension would be nice. However, Miniart already has an edge with their partial interiors....

A full-up comparision review, in the style of PMMS, is definitely in order as soon as AFV releases this one.

Hmmm... maybe a kit-bash combining the best of the two kit kits is in my future...?
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England - South West, United Kingdom
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Posted: Tuesday, March 29, 2011 - 07:28 AM UTC

The MD of afv club and my self measured the tank museums valentine andc in depth and i done alot of work on measureing it.

from what i have seen of the kit its spot on .
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England - East Anglia, United Kingdom
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Posted: Tuesday, March 29, 2011 - 08:16 AM UTC
The detail on the kit looks beautiful, especially the top of the turret. This should build up into a grand kit.

Do we know if they will do a range of vehicles?

MiniArt probably has the jump on them at the moment, partial interior and engine access and transmission in their Mk I. They also have the option of easily adding a couple of crew figuers if they wanted.

As to which kit is best well time will tell.


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Noord-Holland, Netherlands
Joined: March 30, 2011
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Posted: Tuesday, March 29, 2011 - 11:12 PM UTC
Looks Good!

I hope there wil be a russian lend/ lease variant too...
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Milano, Italy
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Posted: Wednesday, April 06, 2011 - 09:58 PM UTC
Well it looks nice, incredible nice indeed

I usually love AFV products

BUT...although I've read that AFV vinyl tracks are quite good, Miniart gives singular track links

More of them, Miniarts kit has PE parts in the box, partial interior,engine access, transmission ,crew and a wide range of versions

Of course, to judge in a right way we have to wait the AFV final release and we should compare the kits

But it seems to me that MA kit is a little bit better

I don't know anything about the prices

Just my opinion

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Utah, United States
Joined: March 18, 2003
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Posted: Monday, April 25, 2011 - 06:09 AM UTC
I have heard the Mini Art has road wheels that are too small. Mayhaps these will be correct.

One issue - is it too late to do something with the machine guns? They look AWFUL! I have 1/48 guns that look better than those. Ecch. Definitely not up to par with some of the other kit parts. Turret and suspension parts look really nice.