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M103A1 Heavy Tank

This is the 1/35 Scale M103A1 Heavy Tank Plastic Model Kit from the Black Label Series by Dragon. Suitable for Ages 14 & Older.

DML M103A1 Heavy Tank Plastic Model Military Vehicle Kit 1/35 Scale #3548
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Specifications :
  • Scale: 1/35
  • Parts: 300+
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"Not perfect but still a cool looking tank"
wonderboy_693
The M103 was a heavy tank built in small numbers during the 1950's. Dragon's new kit is large and impressive. The general parts fit and quality are quite good. Though the kit claims to be an M103A1, it is really closer to being a T43E1 pre service variant if the sight bulge on the turret is removed. Some details on the kit could have been better such as the turret profile. The barrel is too short but an aftermarket replacement is available. Those counting on accuracy may feel let down by this one but the average builder will have an enjoyable build.

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Features

  • Highly detailed plastic pieces molded in grey, tan and clear.
  • Turret possesses irregular shape with appropriate cast textur as per original.
  • Authentic .50-cal MG with photo-etched detail.
  • Brand new M103A1 Heavy Tank rendered.
  • Mantlet accurately detailed and shaped.
  • One-piece slide-molded gun barrel.
  • Upper hull produced with correct shape.
  • Lower hull molded with cast pattern.
  • Newly designed gun travel lock present.
  • Jerry cans included.
  • Well-defined turret with antenna mounts and crisply detaile handrails.
  • M14 coincidence rangefinders mounted on turret sides.
  • Fenders feature excellent detail.
  • Glacis rendered with correct profile and shape.
  • Headlights with subtle detail realistically produced.
  • Engine deck and exhaust pipes produced with highly intricate detail.
  • Tow cable and photo-etched guard for tool storage.
  • Cupola hatch can be assembled open/closed.
  • Excellent detail on hull rear plate.
  • Highly detailed suspension system, including accurate sprockets idler wheels and road wheels.
  • Outlet pipes for crew compartment heater and bilge pump.
  • Loader's hatch on turret is accurately depicted.
  • Periscope is well represented.
  • Intricately detailed OVM.
  • Newly tooled one-piece DS tacks.
  • Waterslide decals.
  • Illustrated instructions.

Specs

  • Scale: 1/35
  • Parts: 300+

Includes

One plastic model


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"Not at all accurate, OK fit, turret can't traverse fully OOB"
michaelg951
Sadly this is the only M103A1 in plastic. Nearly the entire kit is inaccurate; almost everything would need to be replaced to make it accurate. The turret won't fully traverse built OOB and is completely inaccurate. The bulge under the turret for the commander interferes with a part on the engine deck.It fits well though and looks like a M103A1 when finished. Looks OK but not recommended at all.

 
"Very nice model, some accuracy issues"
rarem37
The M103A1 is a very nice model. It goes together well and would be a good build for anyone from beginner to advanced skills. The only reason I would not give it 5 stars is the front of the hull, turret and main gun tube length are not quite right. This model looks like a M103A1 and will pass muster with most builders. It has been a long wait to get one of these in 1/35 scale and in plastic.

Markings

  • One decal sheet with markings for 2 versions
  • 1) E Company, 34th Armor, 24th Infantry Division, Germany 1959
  • 2) Unidentified Unit, Germany 1959

Comments

Due to small parts that could cause a choking hazard please kee away from children 3 years of age and younger.

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