Takom 1/35 US Army M3 Lee Early Medium Tank Kit

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SKU: TAK-2085

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The M3 Lee, officially Medium Tank, M3, was an American medium tank used during World War II. In Britain, the tank was called by two names based on the turret configuration and crew size. Tanks employing US pattern turrets were called the "Lee", named after Confederate general Robert E. Lee. Variants using British pattern turrets were known as "Grant," named after Union general Ulysses S. Grant.

Design commenced in July 1940, and the first M3s were operational in late 1941. The U.S. Army needed a medium tank armed with a 75mm gun and, coupled with the United Kingdom's immediate demand for 3,650 medium tanks, the Lee began production by late 1940. The design was a compromise meant to produce a tank as soon as possible. The M3 had great firepower and good armor, but had serious drawbacks in its general design and shape, including a high silhouette, an archaic sponson mounting of the main gun preventing the tank from taking a hull-down position, riveted construction, and poor off-road performance. They were extensively used in northern Africa.

From 1941, 1,386 M3 tanks were shipped to the Soviet Union, with 410 lost during shipping. These were supplied through the Lend-Lease program in 1942-1943. Takom has chosen the Soviet M3 for the box art of this kit.

Features:

  • All Hatches Can Be Built In Open Or Closed Position
  • Track Assembly Is Aided By The Included Jig
  • Detailed Static Display Plastic Model Kit
  • Link And Length Style Tracks Included
  • Clear Parts Included
  • Figure Not Included
  • Markings For Four Different Tanks