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True, never sold that way...

June 19 2017 at 1:41 PM
Mike Roof  (Login MikeRoof)
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Response to The Tamiya Italian tanks were never motorized

But the toy-like features along with the basic hull dimension errors suggest to me that the original Tamiya kit design had motorization in mind. IIRC, the kit was released right about the time that Tamiya dropped motorization from their new releases, so I believe that Tamiya's "M13/40" was likely a transition design.

Tamiya did make some improvements with the reissue, like the link-and-length tracks and the small fret of PE parts (the new commander figure isn't half-bad, either), but they would have done themselves a favor by just doing a whole new kit. If they had, they would have the only 1/35 scale injection molded M13/40. As it was, they tried to "make a silk purse from a sow's ear" with the result that their kit is really only good for pirating details off of it.

And no, unfortunately, the Tamiya link and length tracks will not fit the Italeri kit without more work than the results are worth (IMO). This is because of the fundamental dimensional errors in the Tamiya kit. The "pre-sagged" Tamiya tracks will not line up on the Italeri suspension.

Fortunately, both Fruil and Spade Ace sell link-to-link AM tracks for the Italian M13-M15 series of AFVs.

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