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Tamiya JS-3 Soviet tank
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England - West Midlands, United Kingdom
Joined: July 24, 2004
KitMaker: 318 posts
Armorama: 263 posts
Posted: Saturday, February 14, 2015 - 03:29 AM UTC
Matt Flegal presents a build review of Tamiya''s JS-3 kit.

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Napier, New Zealand
Joined: August 01, 2005
KitMaker: 1,049 posts
Armorama: 841 posts
Posted: Saturday, February 14, 2015 - 03:46 AM UTC
Nice review ! Shame about the tracks, I do wish they'd even go to link and length, band tracks usually let down otherwise decent kits. And the sponsons are typical Tamiya. Still I'd love to pick up one of these at some stage ...

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Colorado, United States
Joined: February 10, 2008
KitMaker: 730 posts
Armorama: 616 posts
Posted: Saturday, February 14, 2015 - 08:51 AM UTC
Love it, thanks
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Moscow City, Russia
Joined: February 14, 2015
KitMaker: 53 posts
Armorama: 53 posts
Posted: Saturday, February 14, 2015 - 02:25 PM UTC
Unfortunately, this kit's issues are not only with the tracks. Front fenders are totally wrong, turret was not only incorrect in many of the details, but also was never casted as roughly as Tamiya assumed , transmission and engine cover plate also needs "severe" corrections. Road wheels and drive sprocket are not accurate too.

So, this might look like as easy weekend project - but definitely it is NOT (and will require a lot of extra efforts) if you'd like to build a true replica of an early JS-3.
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Ontario, Canada
Joined: November 03, 2012
KitMaker: 2,275 posts
Armorama: 2,233 posts
Posted: Monday, February 16, 2015 - 09:49 PM UTC
I did the JS-2 , good kits. A nice break from Dragon.
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Joined: November 25, 2013
KitMaker: 171 posts
Armorama: 170 posts
Posted: Tuesday, February 17, 2015 - 02:24 AM UTC
built it a year ago, nice kit. eduard PE is must have. a big deffect of the kit in my opinion is the empty space between the upper hull sides and lower hull sides, right above the tracks, i had to scratch build it, else it would just look stupid. i was like wtf, are they serious?