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Tamiya M551 Sheridan
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Posted: Friday, February 01, 2019 - 05:14 AM UTC
Seems we got them a bit earlier over here in Europe. Bought mine two weeks ago locally and they got them in store as soon as early January. Was 46 Euro if I recall correctly. Bethween Dragons M48 and AFV Club M113 we seems to be living in a golden Era for VN kits, oh forgott to mention the nice Duster from AFV.
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Posted: Friday, February 01, 2019 - 05:08 AM UTC
It's funny, in a full build of the pre-production Tamiya kit in February's Military Modelcraft International the editor states that the Academy sprocket required a white meal replacement while the Fruils fit perfectly on the new Tamiya sprocket.

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Eric
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Posted: Friday, February 01, 2019 - 04:56 AM UTC
Mine arrived in the mail yesterday. It looks awesome. Granted 45+ years in the making/waiting. I especially like the link/connect tracks.
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Posted: Friday, February 01, 2019 - 04:40 AM UTC
Tamiyas are fine. Just wanted to resurrect the metal Fruils from an otherwise wrecked Academy kit (thanks, cats.....) and the Tamiya sprockets were of a different width, requiring either modification of the Tamiya part, or replacement with the Academy ones which fit the Fruil tracks.

The Fruils had been expensive, and I wanted to get a little more mileage out of them, rather than anchor a broken kit on the shelf.
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Posted: Friday, February 01, 2019 - 03:55 AM UTC

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Then my order from the same vendor should arrive today!

Paint is on my kit, just waiting to add the barrel and screens for the vents.

I also have a built/retired Academy M551 with Fruil tracks, which a cat had damaged previously. I moved the Academy drive sprockets and tracks to the Tamiva kit, and looks good. The sprockets are just a tad smaller than Tamiyas, and I had to slightly reduce the width of the final drive support to bring the sprockets into line with the road wheels.Used brass tubing to mount the Academy sprockets.



Jim,
Why did you use the Academy sprockets? Is there some issue with the Tamiya kit sprockets and track?
VR, Russ
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Posted: Friday, February 01, 2019 - 03:40 AM UTC
Then my order from the same vendor should arrive today!

Paint is on my kit, just waiting to add the barrel and screens for the vents.

I also have a built/retired Academy M551 with Fruil tracks, which a cat had damaged previously. I moved the Academy drive sprockets and tracks to the Tamiva kit, and looks good. The sprockets are just a tad smaller than Tamiyas, and I had to slightly reduce the width of the final drive support to bring the sprockets into line with the road wheels.Used brass tubing to mount the Academy sprockets.
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Posted: Thursday, January 31, 2019 - 06:59 AM UTC
I ordered the Tamiya Barrel & PE set for the Sheridan from PlazaJapan on the 26th. They shipped it on the 28th, and it arrived today. Excellent service on the part of PlazaJapan. It was about $21.00, including the shipping. After looking it over, I think it was worth the price, and a definite 'must have'. While I could've lived without the aluminum barrel, the PE screens and 'chicken wire' RPG screen are a vast improvement over the kit provided nylon mesh. There will probably be other more extensive (and expensive) PE sets available eventually. But if you want a simple improvement for your Sheridan, Tamiya's set will fill the bill quite nicely. Al
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Posted: Friday, January 25, 2019 - 09:20 PM UTC

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Arrived today, exactly when the shipping notice said it would arrive.

After working with AFV Club M54, Hobby Boss M1070, Dragon Pz III, the parts count is soooo manageable on the Sheridan. Not a fan of the vinyl mesh, but this will be a quick build for an OOB show.

Now, looking forward to the Rye Field Sheridan......



And hope that they don't miss an entire sprue section that is only shown on the manual like their Abrams kit. Haha



If you mean their M1A1/A2 with interior, the good news is they've included the missing sprue in the more recent boxings.
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Posted: Friday, January 25, 2019 - 11:39 AM UTC

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Arrived today, exactly when the shipping notice said it would arrive.

After working with AFV Club M54, Hobby Boss M1070, Dragon Pz III, the parts count is soooo manageable on the Sheridan. Not a fan of the vinyl mesh, but this will be a quick build for an OOB show.

Now, looking forward to the Rye Field Sheridan......



And hope that they don't miss an entire sprue section that is only shown on the manual like their Abrams kit. Haha
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Posted: Friday, January 25, 2019 - 11:17 AM UTC

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Got a shipping notice from LM yesterday, model is enroute with projected delivery of 24 January. No issues (on my order) at all.



Ordered mine from Lucky Model Saturday, it was shipped today. Al



Arrived yesterday, only a day later than promised. Now, waiting for Tamiya to release the PE set. Don't really need the metal barrel I think. But I don't relish trying to cut those screens for the engine vents out of the nylon mesh provided in the kit.
Al



I, for one, will wait a few months before I buy this new TAMIYA M551 (Vietnam) kit and a couple of the later-type RYE FIELD Sheridans. Prices will come down eventually, and I'll probably pick all of 'em up on Ebay for that very reason...

I don't sweat the Main Gun Tubes, .50s, nylon mesh Screening or any of the other little bits and pieces that wind up being produced by the after-market people for any kits that I choose to buy 'n' build. I just wait, read the reviews on all of the available A/M stuff, and then I buy what I think that I'll need. I don't start any kit until I have all of my A/M stuff for that particular kit. No doubt, some enterprising A/M companies will be carrying "corrections", up-dates and super-detailing sets, (with brass screening), before I buy any of the new M551s.

Listen, I haven't even gotten the latest TAMIYA M3 Stuart or M3A1 Scout Car kits yet. I bide my time when I buy 'n' build. I've DELIBERATELY held off buying the TAKOM M3 Lee/Grant kits, just because MINIART hasn't released their U.S versions of the same tank, yet. I will read the reviews and compare the lows and highs of the kits before I jump to buy ANY model kit. Prevents headaches later on...

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Posted: Friday, January 25, 2019 - 11:13 AM UTC

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Luckymodel hasn't got much of anything else.Everything is back ordered.Wonder if they are going down?
I'll wait till next week and order from Hobbyeasy so I can depend on it.

Tom



I was wondering the same thing.



I dunno, LUCKY keeps emailing me their latest fliers; seems they only want to stock the very latest kits, but when I go to their site, SURE ENOUGH!!! ON BACK-ORDER, with limited numbers of the stuff that I'm not interested in, in their actual stock... ???



So I learned my lesson of ordering things only indicated as "in-stock" from Lucky model.com. That has given me no problems at all. My Sheridan is on its way, too. Exciting times.
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Posted: Friday, January 25, 2019 - 09:40 AM UTC

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Got a shipping notice from LM yesterday, model is enroute with projected delivery of 24 January. No issues (on my order) at all.



Ordered mine from Lucky Model Saturday, it was shipped today. Al



Arrived yesterday, only a day later than promised. Now, waiting for Tamiya to release the PE set. Don't really need the metal barrel I think. But I don't relish trying to cut those screens for the engine vents out of the nylon mesh provided in the kit.
Al
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Posted: Thursday, January 24, 2019 - 06:04 PM UTC
Arrived today, exactly when the shipping notice said it would arrive.

After working with AFV Club M54, Hobby Boss M1070, Dragon Pz III, the parts count is soooo manageable on the Sheridan. Not a fan of the vinyl mesh, but this will be a quick build for an OOB show.

Now, looking forward to the Rye Field Sheridan......
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Posted: Monday, January 14, 2019 - 08:31 AM UTC

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Got a shipping notice from LM yesterday, model is enroute with projected delivery of 24 January. No issues (on my order) at all.



Ordered mine from Lucky Model Saturday, it was shipped today. Al
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Posted: Monday, January 14, 2019 - 07:46 AM UTC
Hobbyeasy has the same release date as well; 1/24/19
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Posted: Monday, January 14, 2019 - 06:14 AM UTC
Got a shipping notice from LM yesterday, model is enroute with projected delivery of 24 January. No issues (on my order) at all.
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Posted: Sunday, January 13, 2019 - 07:49 PM UTC

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Luckymodel hasn't got much of anything else.Everything is back ordered.Wonder if they are going down?
I'll wait till next week and order from Hobbyeasy so I can depend on it.

Tom



I was wondering the same thing.



I dunno, LUCKY keeps emailing me their latest fliers; seems they only want to stock the very latest kits, but when I go to their site, SURE ENOUGH!!! ON BACK-ORDER, with limited numbers of the stuff that I'm not interested in, in their actual stock... ???
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Posted: Friday, January 11, 2019 - 02:28 PM UTC

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Luckymodel hasn't got much of anything else.Everything is back ordered.Wonder if they are going down?
I'll wait till next week and order from Hobbyeasy so I can depend on it.

Tom



I was wondering the same thing.
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Posted: Friday, January 11, 2019 - 12:50 PM UTC
Luckymodel hasn't got much of anything else.Everything is back ordered.Wonder if they are going down?
I'll wait till next week and order from Hobbyeasy so I can depend on it.

Tom
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Posted: Friday, January 11, 2019 - 05:58 AM UTC
Luckymodel.com has them in-stock now!
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Posted: Monday, October 08, 2018 - 03:29 PM UTC
For close look video check out Japan model show video at hobbylink.tv on youtube. Looks sweet.
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Posted: Sunday, October 07, 2018 - 05:24 PM UTC
Unbelievable!! Look here from Rye Field Models---
https://armorama.kitmaker.net/modules.php?op=modload&name=SquawkBox&file=index&req=viewtopic&topic_id=272145
Two Sheridans in one week from two different manufacturers!!! How unbelievable is that!!! And this new one is the post 'Nam version!
VR, Russ
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Posted: Sunday, October 07, 2018 - 07:09 AM UTC
Sheridan at 03:43 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-fTHHxSpRg4
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Posted: Saturday, October 06, 2018 - 12:59 PM UTC

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very good figures:-)



Very good, indeed! Thanks for the pictures, Kiyoshi. Tamiya has come a long way since the days of undersized, under-detailed, laughable figures...




Their figures are getting better but one set of figures I wish they'd redo again is the first bunch of figures they ever did......the German Army Infantry.

They redid them a few years ago but they weren't very good at all.
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Posted: Saturday, October 06, 2018 - 12:55 PM UTC

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I'm looking forward to scratch building the rack, can make any design found in historical photos.



I was in 2/11 ACR from '76-'80, when we transitioned to the M60A3. None of our M551s had anything but the standard rack, as far as I can remember. So you should check your sources, time periods and units before "cutting up" your kit. On the other hand, many of our M60A1s in the Tank Company had a "47 box" added (the cargo box from an M-47--which we had "commandeered" from a train load of French M-47s that had come in as targets at Grafenwhor). But as far as I remember, we were not allowed to mod the cargo racks on the Sheridan (one reason I remember this is because it was always a struggle to get all our gear on the tank-- and in many cases we were allowed an extra bag on the accompanying scout tracks. It had something to do with the turn-in criteria for V Corps and USAREUR. I also don't remember any mods at Fort Knox on the training M551s. Mods during VN for all units were common though.
VR, Russ



I remember seeing those M47 boxes when I was at Graf in 1AD.
Dan