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Vodnik
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Posted: Tuesday, April 01, 2014 - 03:43 AM UTC
I guess today is as good day as any other to break some news. A Hong Kong based manufacturer is working on a new M551 Sheridan kit in 1/35 scale - ETA before Christmas this year.
I'm deeply involved in the kit design and if you know the result of my cooperation with DML on their Abrams kits and also know my review of the horrible Academy Sheridan kit, you know what to expect

The image below shows the work-in-progress. Some additional work has already been done since this screenshot was taken.



Anyone interested?
henkp
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Posted: Tuesday, April 01, 2014 - 03:54 AM UTC
yes
henk
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Posted: Tuesday, April 01, 2014 - 03:55 AM UTC
Okay, I'm in. Make the tracks snap together and make sure the cupola .50 has good shield mountings and I'm really in.
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Posted: Tuesday, April 01, 2014 - 03:55 AM UTC
If you still maintain this tomorrow, I'll do what I can to make them give you an Nobel award, but 'till then I'll keep calm and carry on...



Cheers,
/E
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Posted: Tuesday, April 01, 2014 - 04:00 AM UTC
Well, someone went to the trouble of creating the CAD model right? Pawel is definitly the right man for the job!
Sean
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Posted: Tuesday, April 01, 2014 - 04:01 AM UTC
Vietnam and ODS versions included? ODS I am in.
Hisham
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Al Qahirah, Egypt / لعربية
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Posted: Tuesday, April 01, 2014 - 04:23 AM UTC
Great news! I'm in for one Vietnam and one ODS, if they'll be doing both!

Hisham
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Posted: Tuesday, April 01, 2014 - 04:32 AM UTC
Hint for the AM guys. Prepare some VISMOD conversion sets!
jwest21
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Posted: Tuesday, April 01, 2014 - 04:35 AM UTC
This better not be an April Fools joke....
Garrand
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Posted: Tuesday, April 01, 2014 - 05:14 AM UTC
Absolutely agree...this better not be an April Fool's joke or I will be bitterly disappointed. If this is still here tomorrow, color me excited!

Damon.
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Posted: Tuesday, April 01, 2014 - 05:20 AM UTC
I have a half built Academy Sheridan where I cut the lower hull and repositioned all the suspension, changed the angle at the rear, and started cutting up the upper hull to fix things.

Assuming this is not an April Fools joke, I'll stop work immediately on my Frankenstein Sheridan and wait for this one. I figured my hard work would lead to this sooner or later.
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Posted: Tuesday, April 01, 2014 - 05:21 AM UTC
Cool!
IrishGreek
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Posted: Tuesday, April 01, 2014 - 05:29 AM UTC
I would definitely be interested in this one too, even though I just bought an Acad one last month...
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Posted: Tuesday, April 01, 2014 - 05:55 AM UTC
Well I hope it isn't Hobby Boss or Bronco
Those guys give you a kit with over 1000 unnecessary parts
Now Trumpeter on the other hand......


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Posted: Tuesday, April 01, 2014 - 06:02 AM UTC
I'm just surprised you're authorized to announce it so far out. All I can do it hint, but some people get their panties in a wad that way. It certainly would be welcome. I was about to build a Desert Storm version for a friend of mine. I might have to wait and do his Dual-Tex ride first.
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Posted: Tuesday, April 01, 2014 - 07:44 AM UTC
I guess I am going to have to unload my stash of Academy, and Jaguer resin kits. Any chance for an interior? At least a driver's compartment? Hope this kit happens.
Hisham
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Al Qahirah, Egypt / لعربية
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Posted: Tuesday, April 01, 2014 - 07:52 AM UTC
By the way, Which manufacturers are based in HK and which ones in Mainland China?

Hisham
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Posted: Tuesday, April 01, 2014 - 08:44 AM UTC
Kinetic = HK
AFV Club = Taiwan
Hobby Boss, Dragon, Trumpeter, Meng = PRC
Bronco looks like both PRC and HK
jwest21
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Posted: Tuesday, April 01, 2014 - 08:49 AM UTC

Quoted Text

Kinetic = HK
AFV Club = Taiwan
Dragon, Trumpeter, Meng = PRC


I think Bronco, Trumpeter and Hobbyboss are all PRC as well.

I am getting the bad feeling this is just an April fools joke. Please be wrong...
18Bravo
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Posted: Tuesday, April 01, 2014 - 08:52 AM UTC
I was editing as you posted that! Had to check - I only own one kit (well, three of the same one) from Bronco. Save on shipping, fellas! Always order at least three of everything.

It COULD be a joke, but an elaborate one. My reservations stem from what I posted above. I know about roughly seven plastic kits coming out soon (other than what we've already seen) and have been asked to remain silent on them.
Hisham
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Al Qahirah, Egypt / لعربية
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Posted: Tuesday, April 01, 2014 - 09:02 AM UTC
Pawel doesn't strike as an April's Fool kind of guy.. but that's just my impression

So, that narrows it down to either Bronco or Kinetic.. unless, of course, Takom and/or Orochii are also in HK?

Anyway, I don't think someone's going to do a whole CAD image just for April's Fool, right?

Hisham
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Posted: Tuesday, April 01, 2014 - 09:07 AM UTC
Coming D 6 CAT /1:35
http://www.fast-webstore.com/www-vt-models-cz/eshop/0/0/5/673-D-6-CAT
MALVIN
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Posted: Tuesday, April 01, 2014 - 10:46 AM UTC

Quoted Text



I know about roughly seven plastic kits coming out soon (other than what we've already seen) and have been asked to remain silent on them.


you lucky dog!!!

Fingers are crossed...I just remember a couple years ago April Fools saw some box art for one kit or another that turned out to be a clever joke. Cautiously optimistic.
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Posted: Tuesday, April 01, 2014 - 11:02 AM UTC
Assuming it's not an April fools joke count me in too.
KurtLaughlin
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Posted: Tuesday, April 01, 2014 - 02:08 PM UTC

Quoted Text

A Hong Kong based manufacturer is working on a new M551 Sheridan kit in 1/35 scale - ETA before Christmas this year.
I'm deeply involved in the kit design and if you know the result of my cooperation with DML on their Abrams kits and also know my review of the horrible Academy Sheridan kit, you know what to expect




Are the kit dimensions based on measurements and manufacturing drawings or photos?

KL