The M3A1 was the follow on to the M3 light tank, incorporating various improvements. Notably, in an attempt to speed up production, the M3A1 hull dispensed with many of its rivets and instead the plates were welded together (a necessary correction on the Academy kit. The commander's cupola was eliminated as were the fixed sponson machine guns. Periscopes and sighting mechanisms were upgraded. The introduction of a hydraulic traverse for the turret to improve the speed and accuracy of aiming the 37mm gun necessitated internal changes, including a basket with floor for the commander and gunner.
The early Carden-Lloyd tankettes from 1933 were the very basis for the Universal Carrier. Originally, these machines were invented by Major Giffard LeQuesne Martel, whom developed a prototype privately, for potential requests from the Royal Army Corp. He was a military engineer and a daring tank strategist. After his demonstration to the War Office, Carden Lloyd Tractors Ltd. company was requested to study practical production. They introduced a slightly enlarged vehicle for two men. Success with the prototype guaranteed a first order, with Vickers-Armstrong's business network as a backup for exports. The last production version was the Mk.VI, of which up to 450 were built in all, from 1927 to 1935. The Mk.VI was the blueprint for the Universal Carrier. A hundred or more were sold abroad
Now a sad confession, after more than 35 years of modeling
and collecting I have NEVER owned one of these in any
scale. I'm happy to report that after two resent purchases
that situation has been remedied!
German Tank Company made for the Flames of War rules, but can be used with others.
8 plastic Panzer IV made by Zveda
5 plastic Stug made by Zveda
1 metal panzer IV made by Minifigs from the 80's
1 metal panzer III made by Minifigs from the 80's
4 plastic german half tracks by Point of Contact with Battle Front Machine gunners
1 mg platoon of Battle Front Germans with one three man command team and one two man command team with panzerfausts and well as one Panzerschreck team. You'll note that this is all early to mid-war kit in late war cammo, must have been in a safe area... my T34s are licking their lips.....