Takom 1/35 M3 Lee ( early ) - a return to the bench

Dave Ward

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After long time away from the bench, I finally feel up to a return. I looked at what was collecting dust, WIP, and decided to bin it all, and start afresh with a pristine model, sprues still bagged......................
After looking at several models carefully, I've decided on the Takom Lee. I cannot ever remember making a Takom model ( may just be tired grey cells )
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Nicely presented Boxart - of a Lend-Lease Soviet version - when I opened the box, I found a bonus, a Bison Decal Sheet
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I'll choose one of these - probably one with the US flag on, the M3 Lee didn't seem to attract fancy camo schemes, or much crew personalisation.
The M3 Lee has been modelled by most of major manufacturers, extensively by Takom and MiniArt.
This has been in the stash for a year - it doesn't seem to in stock at retailers. I'm amazed to find that this was an Ebay auction win at £13.84 in March 2023 - this has totally slipped my mind ( oh dear ).
I'm not going to rush this - if I don't feel like any benchtime, I'll leave it alone until I do
Dave
 

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A superb choice Dave, the Lee is a really interesting subject. I'll look forward to seeing your build.

I don't have any Biccies lads but you're welcome to some Barra Brith.
 

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Good to see you back in the hot seat Dave.

I've built a couple of Takom kits and they went together nicely.
 

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Cool. Takom generally make good kits, but be careful that the fit is often rather precise, so be sure to remove all remains of sprue attachment points etc. that may get in the way, and dry-fit everything before you glue it. One big advantage of this kit over its MiniArt counterpart is link-and-length tracks :smiling3:
 

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..... and he's back :hugging-face:,
Great to see you Dave,nice choice of kit too Sir:thumb2:.
 

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Dave,
Totally agree with Andy.

...and it doesn't matter to me what you are going to build, it's just nice to see you up and running once more! :thumb2:
 

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After a week, so far, of sidetracks, I managed to sit down at the bench and interfere with some plastic!
I've read some reviews of this model, and the two criticisms that are common are that there is absolutely no interior & a poor choice of decals ( no N. Africa combat debut options ). The decals, OK, an odd choice, but no interior? If you wanted an interior, then you should have bought a model that says ' full interior '. If that's the worst the reviewers can find to say, then, there can't be much wrong.
I've jumped straight in, no sprue shots or detail pictures, and started on the lower hull & running gear. The hull went together no problems - the instructions could be a little clearer, but that''s just me.............
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I brush primed the hull, leaving the bogie mount areas clear.
I've got to work out the best way to paint the bogies, they're rather complex little assemblies, but I want to paint the wheels & tyres first, so that it's a matter of how far I can go on sub assemblies, to make it as trouble free as possible.
The Takom Lee has link and length tracks, with a little jig to aid assembly, which is a nice touch
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Great start Dave - what paint are you using?

I stopped reading reviews a long time ago for that type of reason. :rolling:
 

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The decals, OK, an odd choice, but no interior? If you wanted an interior, then you should have bought a model that says ' full interior '.
Agreed. Like some of the MiniArt counterparts, which come with a fairly complete interior that will probably make most people regret they bought the kit with interior ;)

I've got to work out the best way to paint the bogies, they're rather complex little assemblies, but I want to paint the wheels & tyres first,
I’d say you’re probably best off building the bogies as directed in step 2, except for leaving out the roadwheel arms (A2/A3 and A4/A5), because you can clip these into the bogie later on. This will keep the interior of the bogie accessible for painting. Take care here that you don’t glue the lever arms B2 to the springs A31, nor to the bogie body, else it will probably be almost impossible to get the roadwheels and their arms to fit nice and level.
 

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I'm afraid that this is going back into the box. I've sat down at the bench several times in the last two weeks, and not felt like doing anything to it. I haven't done much, so nothing lost. Not sure what I'm going to attempt next, I've a few health problems at the moment, which is rather a distraction, and I'm having difficulty on concentrating on things...............
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That's a shame Dave, but health comes first.
Hopefully you might pick it up again at some point.
 

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Hope you get to feeling better Dave. Maybe just a Quick Build type model kit might work always did for me when I was sick those years and didn’t feel good.
 
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