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Tamiya: US M551 Sheridan
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Posted: Wednesday, November 13, 2019 - 07:29 AM UTC

Ken Abrams Builds the Tamiya US M551 Sheridan in 1/35th scale.

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Solothurn, Switzerland
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Posted: Wednesday, November 13, 2019 - 07:05 PM UTC
Oh yes, this was a joy to build. I really liked it. so accurate, everything fits together. The only things I added was the barrel and the webbing for the RPG "fence". Other than that, it's a fantastic kit. There's what Tamiya still can do better: their kits fit like a glove.
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Posted: Wednesday, November 13, 2019 - 07:25 PM UTC
A very informative review with really good photos to support the text.

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Saitama-ken, Japan / 日本
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Posted: Thursday, November 14, 2019 - 12:03 AM UTC
Tamiya have done link and length tracks (Valentine one example) and sponson plates for a while now, though some still have 'rubber band' tracks (M10 for eg.). No idea why they choose one over the other.
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Posted: Thursday, November 14, 2019 - 02:09 AM UTC
Great review Ken! I'm a little disappointed in Tamiyas lack of detailing of the driver's compartment and the gimmicky internal barrel elevating mechanism. Rye Field has chosen simple compression polycaps for that, we'll see how that works out. I like this Tamiya Sheridan kit though, and it seems to have a lot of features to make it very attractive, with the detailing a good compromise for the simplicity of the kit. I like the idea of the track runs which can be assembled with the roadwheels/drivers & idlers which can come off for later painting. The figures are phenomenal. Thanks again for such a comprehensive review.
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Posted: Thursday, November 14, 2019 - 05:58 AM UTC
Sounds like the Tamiya of old in terms of fun to build and no real issues that effect most builders. I only wish that other companies -notably Dragon- could follow the Tamiya example where instructions come in as cramming the maximum steps on the minimum paper really makes assembly a confusing chore on occasion when it shouldn't be. Great review, by the way!
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Posted: Sunday, November 17, 2019 - 03:37 AM UTC
Thanks guys, happy to see this has been well received.

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The only things I added was the barrel and the webbing for the RPG "fence".

Yeah, I added the PE and metal barrel after completing the review.