Thursday, 20 June 2013

Revell M7 Priest

Good evening,
I found this little surprise at my local Hobby Shop a couple of months ago and was surprised since this beauty is discontinued (Why is it that all 1/72 M7 kits get discontinued?). It was the only one there, and the only time I ever saw it. I will be getting two more this summer since it turns out a shop in Montreal has plenty, and my Doughboys need some mobile artillery support.


I don't understand why the box shows Brits using it, since they don't even supply a British crew!


Amazingly frustrating and time consuming for a little Matchbox kit, but definitely worth it.



Thanks for reading, up next are my PSC M4A1's, and a WIP on applying Zimmerit on an old refurbished Tiger II I built a couple years ago.

FF

18 comments:

  1. Well worth the effort FF. The front hull plate seems to trip most people up with this kit I think.

    Yours looks nice, well done.

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    1. I found the gun the be the biggest pain.

      Thanks Paul!
      FF

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  2. That box art is truly dreadful! It is a fiddly kit by Matchbox standards - I managed to leave quite afew parts in the box.

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    1. True, there Pz II and Humber are much better kits, but you got to do with what you have, and in this case it's the only 1/72 M7 Priest I know of that's under 20$.

      The advantage of having such a horrible box art is that it is very easy to spot.

      Thanks Tim!
      FF

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    2. Look out for the old Nitto M7 too. It's at least as good a model and a bit easier to build.

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    3. But, is that the one with the really weirdly skinny tracks? I think I have a couple that I bought already assembled...

      Cheers, Dave

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  3. I have missed your posts! Nice little model this. Just been fixing up 3 of my own. One thing I do notice is that your "ready" rounds are upside down - they should be pointy end up (per step 54 in the Revell build plans), like this:
    http://www.track-link.com/gallery/705/4

    Cheers, Dave

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    1. Thanks for the tip about the rounds, I had no Idea, I will flip them some time and take pictures once I get my other two from Montreal.

      Thanks Dave!
      FF

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    2. No worries - it's actually another error in that less than stellar box art...

      Cheers, Dave

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  4. I remember building the matchbox version when I was about thirteen. It's a nice kit, but I think I bungled it.

    Didn't italeri do a fast build kit of the M7 though?

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    1. Italeri did, an excellent kit, but they decided they wanted to be just like Revell, and discontinued it before I got into the Hobby. Thrust me I've been searching the web far and wide and still have only found "OUT OF STOCK" written on every site.

      Thanks Leif!
      FF

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    2. I keep seeing rumours that all of the Italeri fast builds are going OOP - a great pity if it's true !

      Cheers, Dave

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    3. That would be a pity. At least we have PSC taking up the slack.

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    4. What annoys me about PSC is that they are mainly a 15mm company, and have a massive selection of 15mm, and only a few 1/72, yet they keep announcing only 15mm kits!

      Even if they are behind, they are still my favorite for wargaming models.

      FF

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    5. Yes, it is a bit frustrating waiting out the "lag" that usually occurs between PSC 15mm kits and the corresponding 1/72 release. OTOH the M5/M5A1 halftracks appeared in 1/72 in relatively quick time after their little brothers, but are rather disappointing with quite a few problems. There will also be issues with the 1/72 M3/M3A1 halftracks, assuming these will be enlarged carbon copies of the 15mm kit.

      Cheers, Dave

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    6. Strange, I didn't hear anything about problems with the M3 & M5 kits. Can you post a link to a review? All I can find are reviews for the 15mm ones.
      FF

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  5. You've got a nice result out of this kit. Rare to see a kit like this that includes crew as well, which is a bonus! I'm pretty sure the commander with the bins is the same as the one in the Matchbox US Infantry box.

    I must admit my only M7 is a prepaint I picked up a few months ago, I shall go and hang my modelling head in shame ;-)

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    1. Yes, it is the officer from the Matchbox set. They have a Wespe that also has a full crew (full as in 3).

      No worries on the prepaint, they are impossible to find (unless by blind chance like I did).

      Thanks Alan!
      FF

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