Monday, March 13, 2017 - 09:13 AM UTC
Three previously announced kits are now slated for next month's release.
British Infantry Tank Mk.III - Valentine Mk.II/IV (35352)

This is an all-new tooled model of the British Valentine Infantry tank in 1/35 scale. The kit recreates the various surface textures such as on plate metal turret sides and cast mantle parts. The 3-wheel bogies are presented as multi-piece assemblies together with link-and-length tracks. Additional parts are included to depict side skirts used on the Valentines deployed in the desert by the British Army. Two figures are provided, as well as a decal sheet with marking options for a vehicle in service with either the British Army or the Red Army.

Infantry Tank Matilda Red Army - Mk.III/IV (35355)

This kit updates the previously released Tamiya British Matilda (35300) with parts to recreate the vehicle as it was in service with the Red Army. It features a realistic cast metal texture on the turret, gun mantlet, and front hull. Additional parts are included to recreate the bogie skids in the suspension, together with newly-designed side skirts, and link type tracks. Two figures (torso) are provided, as well as a decal sheet with two marking options.

British Mk.VI Crusader Mk.III - Cruiser Tank (37025)

This is a Tamiya-Italeri Series model kit based on the Italeri British Cruiser Tank Mk.VI Crusader Mk.III. It features updates such as: corrected shape of the fenders, addition of hull weld lines, updated moldings of the tool boxes on the turret rear. Additional clear parts for the turret-mounted spotlight, two figures in realistic pose, and accessories from Tamiya kit 35223 complete the offering.

Product information sourced from Tamiya and Tamiya USA.
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Please elaborate. I have been looking at adding one to my stash.[/quote] Here is a very good comparison of the AFVC/Miniart kits and what the latter got wrong with the Valentine.
MAR 15, 2017 - 04:56 AM
Please elaborate. I have been looking at adding one to my stash.[/quote] Here is a very good comparison of the AFVC/Miniart kits and what the latter got wrong with the Valentine.[/quote] I have a shelf full of Miniart kits. The rear hull has the wrong angles. There are a few variant details they missed when doing the five-six different marks they did. The AFV-club has the correct rear angles. Other than that it was a toss up for me and it ended up being a matter of price and I ended up getting the Miniart kits for half price or less.
MAR 15, 2017 - 06:23 PM
Christophe, Thanks! It isn't a bad kit and the corrected fenders make it the best (only?) game in town.
MAR 15, 2017 - 06:33 PM
Thanks for posting that. Unfortunately, it looks as though the AFV Club kit is a one-off. Maybe the Tamiya will give modelers more choices. With MiniArt, it seems once an error is introduced to their designs, it spreads across all subsequent variants.
MAR 16, 2017 - 08:07 PM
Very cool AFV kits!!!
MAR 16, 2017 - 09:45 PM
The Crusader definitely sounds nice, it's my favorite British AFV.
MAR 17, 2017 - 09:09 AM
I can see that nice Crusader in a Market Garden dio.
MAR 17, 2017 - 06:32 PM
That Cruiser tank is one fine model, it plus a very nice Panzer 4 along with Tamiya's Hanomag (SdKfz 251 C riveted) were what got me started again in modeling. As far as kit quality, the Italeri kits were the best thing going, may I go far as saying that they were the best in the business. I hope they haven't retooled making it less of the former glory days of Italeri, except the soldiers that went with it were terrible. The cool thing about both the above mentioned Italeri kits (Pz4 included) was that they had working suspensions. A few years later I bought a Tamiya Pz4 and it was junk by comparison as it was meant to be a motorized toy. It did, however, have a gun breech that included the cartridge basket. That made it a must for open side doors back then.
FEB 13, 2018 - 03:17 AM
The Cromwell was not in that battle, it was great for the desert but it was so under armored that it would have been a suicide vehicle. I can't remember if the Valentine was in NW Europe or not. I've seen a flood-flipped suspension, that is road wheels and tracks sticking out of the water, but it may have been one of the antitank guns that used the same suspension as the Valentine. That would be the one that the gun faced the rear. Don't mess up a dio of an actual battle with a tank that would not have been there, unless you want to!
FEB 13, 2018 - 03:21 AM

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