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Tamiya AMX 13 Preview
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Posted: Friday, March 11, 2016 - 04:34 AM UTC
Jim takes a look at this new-tool release from Tamiya, the AMX 13 French light tank in 1/35 scale.

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Posted: Friday, March 11, 2016 - 04:41 AM UTC
Jim, why have you posted this in this forum?
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Posted: Friday, March 11, 2016 - 01:10 PM UTC
I have moved it Matt, likely a slip of the finger during selection.
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Posted: Friday, March 11, 2016 - 01:33 PM UTC
Yeah... yeah... that's my story and I am sticking with it.

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Jim
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Posted: Friday, March 11, 2016 - 08:25 PM UTC
Thanks for this review. Tamiya did a good job but could have done better. The lower hull is a miss, the hatches should be flush with the belly.
The roadwheel hub misses 6 bolts. Strangely enough Tamiya represent those bolts on the idler hub.
The way the turret dust cover is represented forbids you to build the tank without the cover.
I don't understand why Tamiya gives you the engine ventilator grille as a PE part and not the other grilles. The good point here is the nicely represented ventilator.
The suspension looks good and the hull sides has the appropriate details. The tracks are accurate with the guide horns offset. But the spare track links are less detailed and the bracket is wrong.
Concerning the decals, the bridge class discs should be the same diameter and one Duroc decal is missing. The names were painted on the both sides of the turret.
All in all, it is a very good rendition of a late AMX 13/75 tank.

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Posted: Friday, March 11, 2016 - 08:55 PM UTC


The last 5 new tool 1/35 releases by them had clear parts where appropriate, why did they choose to go back to opaques?
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Posted: Friday, March 11, 2016 - 09:24 PM UTC
Thanks for the pointers Olivier. This will be useful when I get and build this kit.

Cheers,

Christophe
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Posted: Saturday, March 12, 2016 - 03:51 AM UTC
THIS LIGHT FRENCH TANK AMX-13 IS THE TANK WAS BEFORE OF THE AMX-10RCR.