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M6A1 Heavy Tank
M6A1 Heavy Tank - Black Label - Smart Kit
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by: Jim Starkweather [ STAFF_JIM ]


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SUMMARY
Highs: Unique subject in plastic for the first time.
Lows: Tank never saw combat so limited historical use, etc.
Verdict: For those wishing to build this behemoth, this is the only game in town right now at this scale.
  Scale: 1:35
  Mfg. ID: 6789
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  PUBLISHED: Oct 06, 2014
NETWORK-WIDE AVERAGE RATINGS
  THIS REVIEWER: 89.91%
  MAKER/PUBLISHER: 86.19%

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About Jim Starkweather (staff_Jim)
FROM: CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES

I started building models in 1971 when I was 6. My first model was a 1/32 P-40 Warhawk. Revell I believe. From there I moved onto the standard cars, Apollo spacecraft, and other kid orientated kits. I don't know what got me started on Armor. I must have seen a Monogram tank kit one day and said "Mom...

Copyright 2017 text by Jim Starkweather [ STAFF_JIM ]. Images also by copyright holder unless otherwise noted. Opinions expressed are those of the author(s) and not necessarily those of TankRat's. All rights reserved.


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Comments

At least the main barrel seems to be molded in one piece, but is the muzzle drilled out?
OCT 07, 2014 - 08:56 AM
OCT 07, 2014 - 09:52 AM
Another disappointing "B" team effort from Dragon. Quite a few What the heck!? Mis-steps in the molding and detailing. No rolled metal/cast texture or are my eyes that bad? But it's still on my list of kits to get.
OCT 07, 2014 - 10:46 AM
I guess it all comes down to what you expect from the model. I built mine OOB, it went together well and looks good on the shelf. I actually enjoy my hobby...
OCT 07, 2014 - 01:40 PM
There are two camps here...
OCT 07, 2014 - 02:05 PM
As there always are. If you want to build out of the box (and that's perfectly fine by me) then this kit apparently goes together rather well and looks more or less like the real thing. If that's a $60 value for the indvidual, then it is a good kit for that person and I'm happy for them. If you are a rivet counter (as I am) then it has significant issues. The issues are NOT as bad as those of the M013A1 or M103A2, which are brutal. The M6A1 can be fixed with access to photos and putty and a modicum of scratchbuilding skill, which I think I posses. For 60-70 bucks it's well overpriced for what you get. Not for the lack of PE or metal barrels or whatnot, but for the lack of accuracy. As I've said before, I don't mind paying a premium for a niche vehicle with basic detailing as long as the shapes are accurate. I can fix all the rest with a little effort. I recently scored the kit (and the new KPZ70) for CDN$40 each, no tax or delivery, at a show! For _that_ price, it can be pretty crappy and I'm still happy. :-) Paul
OCT 07, 2014 - 03:03 PM
I did a build of this kit back in August. If anyone is interested check the Forems /WW2 Allies section. There is a fix for the hatch problem.
OCT 08, 2014 - 02:53 PM
the entire tank is inaccurate overall dimentions are off
OCT 08, 2014 - 09:20 PM
Nick, I'd love to know more about exactly what the discrepancies are and what referances you used to get there. I haven't dug out my limited material yet, so it would be great if I had the same referances you do to use on my model. Paul
OCT 09, 2014 - 11:15 AM
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