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Monday, March 13, 2017 - 04:13 PM GMT+7
Three previously announced kits are now slated for next month's release.
British Infantry Tank Mk.III - Valentine Mk.II/IV (35352)

This is an all-new tooled model of the British Valentine Infantry tank in 1/35 scale. The kit recreates the various surface textures such as on plate metal turret sides and cast mantle parts. The 3-wheel bogies are presented as multi-piece assemblies together with link-and-length tracks. Additional parts are included to depict side skirts used on the Valentines deployed in the desert by the British Army. Two figures are provided, as well as a decal sheet with marking options for a vehicle in service with either the British Army or the Red Army.

Infantry Tank Matilda Red Army - Mk.III/IV (35355)

This kit updates the previously released Tamiya British Matilda (35300) with parts to recreate the vehicle as it was in service with the Red Army. It features a realistic cast metal texture on the turret, gun mantlet, and front hull. Additional parts are included to recreate the bogie skids in the suspension, together with newly-designed side skirts, and link type tracks. Two figures (torso) are provided, as well as a decal sheet with two marking options.

British Mk.VI Crusader Mk.III - Cruiser Tank (37025)

This is a Tamiya-Italeri Series model kit based on the Italeri British Cruiser Tank Mk.VI Crusader Mk.III. It features updates such as: corrected shape of the fenders, addition of hull weld lines, updated moldings of the tool boxes on the turret rear. Additional clear parts for the turret-mounted spotlight, two figures in realistic pose, and accessories from Tamiya kit 35223 complete the offering.

Product information sourced from Tamiya and Tamiya USA.
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Precisely which Italeri Valentine are you referring to? Funny as they have only done one in 72nd which is an ex ESCI kit. If you are referring to the Crusader it is far from "Crap" as you so quaintly expressed it. It was a very competent kit with a few niggles many of which appear to have been addressed by Tamiya in this release (Fenders). It won't be the exacting detail of a new DML PZ III but it will still be a very competent kit and still the only game in town. I'd love a new tamiya (or Bronco, AFV etc) releases of this but am happy with a tamiya makeover for now Al
MAR 14, 2017 - 07:59 AM
Please elaborate. I have been looking at adding one to my stash.
MAR 15, 2017 - 09:27 AM
Please elaborate. I have been looking at adding one to my stash.[/quote] Here is a very good comparison of the AFVC/Miniart kits and what the latter got wrong with the Valentine.
MAR 15, 2017 - 11:56 AM
Please elaborate. I have been looking at adding one to my stash.[/quote] Here is a very good comparison of the AFVC/Miniart kits and what the latter got wrong with the Valentine.[/quote] I have a shelf full of Miniart kits. The rear hull has the wrong angles. There are a few variant details they missed when doing the five-six different marks they did. The AFV-club has the correct rear angles. Other than that it was a toss up for me and it ended up being a matter of price and I ended up getting the Miniart kits for half price or less.
MAR 16, 2017 - 01:23 AM
Christophe, Thanks! It isn't a bad kit and the corrected fenders make it the best (only?) game in town.
MAR 16, 2017 - 01:33 AM
Thanks for posting that. Unfortunately, it looks as though the AFV Club kit is a one-off. Maybe the Tamiya will give modelers more choices. With MiniArt, it seems once an error is introduced to their designs, it spreads across all subsequent variants.
MAR 17, 2017 - 03:07 AM
Very cool AFV kits!!!
MAR 17, 2017 - 04:45 AM
The Crusader definitely sounds nice, it's my favorite British AFV.
MAR 17, 2017 - 04:09 PM
I can see that nice Crusader in a Market Garden dio.
MAR 18, 2017 - 01:32 AM
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