M18 Hellcat US Army Tank

This is a 1:35 M18 Hellcat US Army Gun Motor Carriage from Academy Plastics. It's for experienced modelers.

The M18 Hellcat is not really considered a tank, but is designated as a gun motor carriage. This means it is mobile artillery intended more for infantry support. The M18 was used primarily during WWII. It was quite fast for a tracked vehicle, with a top speed of 55mph. It was powered by a 9-cylinder radial engine producing 340 or 400hp. A total of 2,507 M18s were produced between July 1943 and March 1945.

Academy M18 Hellcat US Army Tank Plastic Model Military Vehicle Kit 1/35 #13255
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Specifications :
  • Scale: 1:35
  • Length: 7-1/2" (19cm)
  • Width: 3-1/4" (8.2cm)
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"Best Model kit Ever!"
steve.badamo (Cleveland, Oh)
My absolute favorite tank in the best build kit ever! A lot of fun to build, very detailed and the parts fit great. Be patient, this is a very detailed build, but soooo worth it. I tried my hand at staining the finished tank for the first time and I think it looks great. A lot of extra accessories to add on and make it look authentic. Highly recommended!

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  • 378 parts in dark green plastic with flexible rubber tracks and tyres.
  • Rotating turret with an elevating gun..
  • Detailed road wheels with separate suspension arms..
  • External details: spare track links, headlights, machine gun antennae, tools and storage boxes, turret railings..
  • Tracks are 5-piece flexible rubber type..
  • Full interior with front differential unit and gun breech details..


  • Scale: 1:35
  • Length: 7-1/2" (19cm)
  • Width: 3-1/4" (8.2cm)


One 1:35 M18 Hellcat US Army Gun Motor Carriage

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"good and tough"
Josey Wales 1867 (Bartlett, IL)
I just finished the M18 build, it's my first Academy kit. Great detail they include some figures. The directions could use some work hard to figure out where some parts went, the inside of the turret. Also dry fit turret and hull parts might have to trim or sand to fit. Now lets talk about the rubber tracks, THEY DO NOT FIT. They are to short, I ended up glue tracks to the wheels & sprocket then used single pieces from the plastic track to fill in worked out good. Again detail great, plenty of extra gear and parts to use for stowage. This kit is not for beginners, I've been modeling for many years and this kit was a challenge, but when it's all said and done I enjoyed it. Makes you think and use yours. Would I recommend this kit or buy another Academy product. The answer is YES.

"Lots of Details!"
johncpo41 (www.hobbiesinabarn)
This kit yells out detail me!! And away I went with all out effort and detailing sets that I could find as well as mixed and matched figures that were placed close enough to make a realistic tight fit, I'd say you had to be a short guy to crew this cat! The machine guns, tripods, and ammo were all from the Academy U.S. Army Machine Set, another great set that I have many of and detailing every US Army model. I used the decals from various sets, finishing off the famous Kilroy as this was a favorite trick painting of the GIs. An outstanding kit that deserves detailing and lots of weathering as with all of my models.

"So much to say! Fantastic kit!"
brady.stephenson (Virginia)
Wow. WOW!!! This kit, man! Its so good. First of all, there is a full interior, which is totally cool. It is a detailed one, too. Second of all, there is a whole sprue for ad-ons like gas tanks, and gear and bags, etc. The whole kit is awesome, and is a fun build. I would recommend being a somewhat experienced modeler to get this, because there is some challenging parts to build (the turret interior)


  • One decal sheet with markings for two vehicles
  • 1: U.S. Army, France, September, 1944.
  • 2: U.S. Army, Germany, December, 1944.
  • Color Schemes
  • 1 & 2: Overall Olive Drab.
  • Additional paints Required
  • Flat: Black, White, Red Brown, Dark Red, Khaki, Wood.
  • Gloss: Gun Metal, Silver, Metallic Grey.


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