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 Scale #13255
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Features :
  • Highly detailed 1:35 plastic kit for static display..
  • 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..
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Spotlight Review

 
"Amazing and fun kit."
Jacob Hillstead (California)
There is not a whole lot of kits of the M18 out there but that's okay because academy has this amazing kit to offer. I do know AFV club has one I never got my hands on one. This kit has lots of details on it every thing goes on smoothly I do recommend trying a couple low part count kit before this one. This kit has a option of choosing gun matlets. I highly recommend leaving the drivers hach open to actually see the inside. Paint as you go because it might be harder to paint after building it.

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Features

  • Highly detailed 1:35 plastic kit for static display..
  • 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..

Specs

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

Includes

One 1:35 M18 Hellcat US Army Gun Motor Carriage


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Reviews

  
 
"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.

 
"A lot of work but looks good"
snod
My Hellcat looks good, but it was a lot of work. You have a lot of options and these are the ones I went with. First I chose not to add the fenders. Second I went with the canvas dust cover over the gun mantlet. Third you can add either a strait gun barrel or add the muzzle brake to the gun. Forth I left the drivers hatch open to show this area. Pros: A good amount of detail of the transmission, driver seat and front gunner seats. If you remove the turret a lot of detail inside. The turret is full of detail including a radio (two types). Either rubber or individual tracks. Extra accessories are included.( ammo, ammo boxes, ammo tubes, jerry cans, string for the metal cable, back packs and tarps) Cons: Instructions are poor for part locations. Used reference material a lot. Did a lot of filling of holes in parts and cleaning them. Back of the hull did not match up with the upper deck and left a 1/8 gap that had to be filled. Decals where terrible. They wanted to roll up on me. If I had not put a dull clear coat on I think they would have fallen off in a week. The rubber tracks fit to tight. One even broke apart so I had to glue them and it held. No figures included. If you take your time, clean your parts good and double check all your fits before you glue them you will be ok. Recommend experience builders only. I might get it again and change up the options so I have a different looking version.

 
"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)

Markings

  • 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.

Comments

Keep product safely out of reach of small children..

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