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Looking to expand my collection: US Tank History in 1:72

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Looking to expand my collection: US Tank History in 1:72
Posted by Greysteele on Thursday, May 25, 2023 11:38 AM

Hi, all. I'm looking for some ideas to expand my collection of 1:72 US tanks. I'm trying to depict the major milestones in US tank development, not every variant.

I currently have:
-British Mark 1 'Male' (Placeholder for Mark VIII)
-M3/M5 Stuart Light Tank
-M3 Lee/Grant
-M4 Sherman
-M24 Chaffee
-M48 Patton
-M1 Abrams

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I'm working on a M1918 but it's a horrendous RPM kit with parts that auto-shatter when removed from the sprue. Can anyone suggest a better kit for the M1918 in 1:72?

My plan is to replace the Mark 1 'Male' with a Mark VIII (first US version) but I haven't seen a kit in 1:72 yet. Hence the British placeholder.

I'm about to order a pair of Trumpeter kits (M26A1 Pershing and M46 Patton) unless y'all tell me they are trash to be avoided. I also have a Dragon M103A2 kit on backorder.

What other tanks would fit this collection? Here's a list I'm considering, but I'm having trouble finding most of them in 1:72:
-M1 Combat Car
-T7 Combat Car
-M2 Light Tank
-M2 Medium Tank
-M22 Locust
-M36 Jackson
-M41 Walker Bulldog
-M551 Sheridan

Are any of these too similar to ones already in my collection to warrant adding? Any obvious gaps that can be filled? Any and all suggestions and comments are appreciated.

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  • From: Rifle, CO. USA
Posted by M1GarandFan on Thursday, May 25, 2023 5:09 PM

Don't know if its available in 1/72, but an M18 TD needs to be on your list.

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Posted by stikpusher on Thursday, May 25, 2023 6:09 PM

You should look for an M47 Patton as well. If you're adding Tank Detroyers, or more accurately Gun Motor Carriages, the M10 is a should have. 


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  • From: Poland
Posted by Pawel on Thursday, May 25, 2023 7:47 PM


First thing - please check out - that's a dtabase with almost every kit that's ever been done, there you can find your missing items.

Other that I have following recommendations:

M41 is done by Armory in Ukraine:

M551 was done by Airfix a looong time ago and then by S-Model:

(OK, Scalemates gives you info that it's actually 1:76, but is labeled as 1:72 on the box)

And you can look M60 up, but Revell makes a quite nice M60A1:

I hope it helps you - good luck with your collection and have a nice day


All comments and critique welcomed. Thanks for your honest opinions!

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  • From: Fort Knox
Posted by Rob Gronovius on Thursday, May 25, 2023 11:07 PM

Eduard/ExtraTech do the M36 and M10 Wolverine in 1/72 scale as does UM. UM also does the T1 Combat Car.

S-Model makes a lot of what you are looking for. They often come in 1+1 sets, with one being a full kit and the other being a wargaming kit with simpler builds.

As far as significant tank development, most of the later US light tank lines were dead ends, but the role of the ligh tank was absorbed by the armored personnel carrier, like the M113 and Bradley Fighting Vehicle. Much more important vehicles that are in use for well over 40 years while the entire lifespan of the US light tank was half that.

And just to shake things up, the Stryker MGS by Dragon and Trumpeter is another branch of US armor development.

The RPM kits are nor for the faint of heart, much like those by AER as well. They make lesser known subjects, but are of limited quality.

ACE Models is another company that makes limited run kits but also are of important vehicles.



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