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M3 General Lee
two kits in 1/72 scale

 

Mirage
 

S u m m a r y

Catalogue Number: Mirage Series 8 - General Lee Kit Nos. 72801 (US version) & 72806 (Kursk - Soviet and German options)
Scale: 1/72
Contents and Media: each kit contains123 injection moulded parts on four sprues; 3 flexible parts (tracks and tow cable); 9 photoetched parts on one sprue; one decal sheet with 6 options; 8 page instructions.
Price: USD$14.96 online from Squadron
Review Type: First Look
Advantages: Subject with wide appeal; super detail; clean mouldings; very accurate
Disadvantages: Rubber band tracks
Recommendation: Highly Recommended

 

Reviewed by Glenn Porter


Mirage's 1/72 scale M3 Lees are available online from Squadron.com

 

FirstLook

 

Over the last few years I have reviewed quite a few of Mirage's 1/72 scale armour releases and the level of detail has always been excellent. To have a 1/72 scale kit with 123 parts (not including link and length tracks) means lots and lots and lots of detail. In fact, Mirage's 1/72 scale military vehicles have tended to make other manufacturers offerings look a bit simple.

The problem has been that Mirage's subject choices have not had a very broad appeal. Most modellers would not know what a Vickers 6 ton tank was, let alone that it was widely exported in the 1930s or that the Soviets copied them in great quantities and used them extensively.

This situation has changed with Mirage's new Lee/Grant series. I think that Mirage will find that they have to gear up manufacturing to keep up with demand. I predict that the next releases due, namely the FT-17, Panzer IV and Sherman, should sell even better.

Not surprisingly, both of Mirage's 1/72 scale Lee kits feature super detail, clean mouldings and appear to be very accurate. Although there is no interior detail, all the hatches can be modelled open. In fact, most of the parts on the small photoetched brass sheet are to detail the inside of the two big hull side doors.

 

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Optional long and short 75mm guns are supplied. The counter weight (seen on vehicles with the gun stabiliser fitted) is also included as a separate option.

 

 

Each kit has six marking options. The US boxing (kit no. 72801) covers training, North Africa and Pacific campaigns. The Soviet kit (72806) includes decals for vehicles used at Kursk, and one captured by the Wehrmacht and used against Russia.

 

 

My only criticism is the rubber band tracks. No links and length option is offered. However, the kit tracks are nicely detailed and, according to the instructions, can be glued using plastic or super glue.

I cannot praise these models highly enough and I am really looking forward to building one. I go positively weak at the knees when I imagine what the Shermans and Panzer IVs might be like!

Highly Recommended.

Thanks to Squadron for the review sample.


Review and Images Copyright 2004 by Glen Porter
Page Created 12 July, 2004
Last updated 12 July, 2004

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