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Category:
Vehicles - Tanks
Vehicles - Tanks
Also known as:
Grant
Used from:
1942–1945
Used by:
Military
Manufacturer:
US Baldwin Locomotive
Model:
M3 Lee

Hot kits

1:35 M3 Lee "Sahara" (MiniArt 35274)
M3 Lee "Sahara" Mid Prod, with crew
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35274 2021 | Changed parts
1:35 M3 Grant Mk I (Tamiya MM141)
British Army Medium Tank
M3 Grant Mk I
Tamiya 1:35
MM141 (35041) 1974 | Changed parts
1:35 M3 Lee Mk I (Tamiya MM139)
U.S. Medium Tank
M3 Lee Mk I
Tamiya 1:35
MM139 (39) 1974 | New tool
1:35 M3 Grant (Takom 2086)
British Medium Tank
M3 Grant
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2086 2017 | Changed parts
1:35 M3 Lee (MiniArt 35209)
M3 Lee Mid Prod - Interior Kit
MiniArt 1:35
35209 2020 | Changed parts
 

Products

 
1:35 M3 Grant Mk I (Tamiya 35041)
British Army Medium Tank
M3 Grant Mk I
Tamiya 1:35
35041 2013 | Changed box
1:35 M3 Lee "Sahara" (MiniArt 35274)
M3 Lee "Sahara" Mid Prod, with crew
MiniArt 1:35
35274 2021 | Changed parts
1:32 Grant Tank M3 (Airfix/Lodela RH-8365)
Grant Tank M3 Tanque Mediano Britanico
Airfix/Lodela 1:32
RH-8365 198x | Changed box
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Gallery

 
M3A1 Lee 1:35
M3A1 Lee
Takom 1:35

by Jaakko Lehtovirta on Pienoismallit

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M3 Lee
Academy 1:35

by Jonkka on Pienoismallit

M3 Grant 1:35
M3 Grant
Takom 1:35

by Tapio Huhtelin on Pienoismallit

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M3 Grant Mittelschwerer Kampfpanzer
Tamiya 1:35

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M3 Lee 1:35
M3 Lee
Tamiya 1:35

by Matti M on Pienoismallit

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Books

 
M3 Lee Grant (Unknown )
M3 Lee Grant The Design, Production and Service of the M3 Medium Tank, th...
David Doyle
2020
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Walkarounds

 
M3 Lee
M3 Lee

by Unknown on scalemodels.ru

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M3 Grant
M3 Grant

by Terry Ashley on PMMS

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M31B2 TRV
M31B2 TRV Tank Recovery Vehicle

by Dmitry Kiyatkin on Prime Portal

Images: 22
M3A1 Lee
M3A1 Lee

by David Lueck on Prime Portal

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Mates

Lionel Marco Yoyo le Petaf
FR
Philipp Groß philipp_gross
DE
Darryl Dyke Dazzled
GB
Wild Bill Anthony W. May
US
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Kevin Thiele added a new project.
6 | 10. September, 00:06
Adrian Forest
Very interested in this!
10. September, 11:42
Kevin Thiele
The turret will be the most difficult because of all the compound curves. I was planning to do it in layers of styrene, add putty to smooth then hollow it out with a dremel. Also looking at Patton style tanks for a similar turret and then copying it with a resin mould. Interesting project!
15. September, 06:35
Adrian Forest
For compound curves, you might find it useful to look at some of the techniques used by gunpla scratch-builders, i.e. making profiles from styrene to define shapes, then putty to fill gaps
15. September, 11:53
Kevin Thiele
Thanks for that, I dont even know what gunpla is, but there's Google.
16. September, 00:18
A.J. Madison
I've done construction with all well known techniques, and a couple that aren't known. Depends upon your confidence level and how much you want to be faithful to the plans. A lamination can hit the profile perfectly, but applying the putty (2 part epoxy?) and sanding it smooth is very labour intensive. Building a rough profile with frames (like a balsa wood model) and filling that with epoxy also works, but has the same labour intensive problem of sanding it smooth. From then picture I'm looking at, I would build a profile with frames, but *skin* the the profile with 15 thou sheet, because what I see is a frustum (truncated cone) for the upper, a step, and an upside down frustum for the lower, which could be a lamination. Wish I had converted this photo album to scale mates, but it's here for the time being, hope it gives you ideas on how to scratch out your turret:

https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?vanity=ajmadisonmodels&set=a.323441348115164
16. September, 06:38
Adrian Forest
AJ, this is amazing work! Sort of the next step of the kind of thing I was thinking of.
16. September, 08:53
Kevin Thiele
Thanks AJ, that was exactly the information I needed. I can now move ahead confidently. Making the turret in 3 sections with the bottom virtually a mirror of the top, and using ribbing with a 0.15in sheet skin seems the way forward. I have crude plans and photos but they will be adequate. I will use some of the M3 Lee kit parts (it was the original inspiration for the tank, although heavily modified) in the detail. The War Thunder image (main photo) seems very close to actual photos and I can get any angle I need from the game.
16. September, 22:46
AntQ added a new photoalbum.
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2 | 15. September, 20:26
Rewop
Nice job on the camo.
15. September, 22:01
AntQ added a new project.
1:35
Ideas
1:35 M3 Grant (Airfix A1370)
 
15. September, 20:25
Andre NordLicht added a new project.
1 | 12. September, 10:51
Zach Wilson added a new photoalbum.
26 images
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1:35
38 | 28. April 2020, 03:12
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Zach Wilson
thanks all, it's maybe about 10 inches tall?
6. September, 14:57
Mirko Römer
Oh my... 👍
6. September, 15:05
Michael W.
So cool!
6. September, 15:18
6. September, 15:21
John Brophy
That's quite spectacular.
6. September, 16:52
Ian Robinson added a new project.
1:76 M3 Lee/Grant Medium Tank (Airfix A01317)
M3 Grant
GB Military British Army (1660-now)

October 1942 - El Alamein EG
El Alamein Desert Scheme
 
30. August, 21:19
Frank Krause added a new project.
1:35
Ideas
1:35 Grant Mk.I (MiniArt 35217)
 
24. August, 15:53
Mark Chiarandini added a new photoalbum.
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Project: Airfix Grant
1:35 M3 Grant (Airfix A1370)
3 | 22. August, 16:37
Rui S
Nice work 👍
22. August, 17:09
Oleg Smilyk
Hey,Mark!I dont saw the scale,but looking Nice!
22. August, 17:30
Jakko ‌ added a new photoalbum.
36 | 25. April, 12:41
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gorby
Fascinating subject and excellent scratch-building!
22. July, 14:29
WhiteGlint
Guessing what tank it is was kind of fun, though my knowledge about tanks barely qualifies as superficial.
22. July, 15:08
Jakko ‌
Thanks, all 🙂

@Dave Flitton: I wonder what they made the additional stuff out of. Plywood would be easiest, I would think, but then why add all those rivets? Maybe to blend it in with the real part of the tank, I suppose. Though I have this feeling the whole thing was made of sheet steel. (Which also wouldn't need the rivets, or at least not ones this big …)

@Michael Osadciw: yes, it's definitely one of those typical wartime training videos that really have this very American/Hollywood tone to them. There used to be comments under this video on YouTube, but they were disabled sometime after I started this model; anyway, many of those said pretty much the same you did 🙂 (Oh, and did you know Ronald Reagan used to make films in this genre during the war?)
22. July, 17:25
Rui S
Very well done. Great finish. Had to see the vídeo 👍
25. July, 16:10
Jakko ‌
Thanks. I don't think I'd have believed this tank existed either without some proof to back it up 🙂
25. July, 17:02
William JOYE added a new photoalbum.
36 images
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7 | 5. July, 18:55
Rui S
Nice work 👍
10. July, 12:12
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