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Flames Of War 4th Edition Boot Camp: Day Two

Building With John – M3 Grant Tank

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Building With John - M3 Grant Tank

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We stop in with John and find out about building up the M3 Grant Tank from the sets here at the Boot Camp.

Follow along for some tips and tricks and a little bit of history too.

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eddie117
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I grant you permission to make a build video 🙂

dammitprawn
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Lee-ve it out!

eddie117
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anyone know how effective the grants/lee’s were in the desert

klute
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Never played a list wth Grants. Been an infantry player. Looks like they can make a great addition to my lists.

tibour
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It is still one of my favorite tanks, even if it is an ugly duckling.

mo3355
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Seems easy enough

kenlben
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I believe they did ok, one of the issues though was the very limited traverse of the 75, also the turret mounted 37 was gyro stabalised on the Lee but not the Grant. But I’m going off of memory here so take that into account. If the game takes that into account or not I don’t know.

sircaroon15
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John, great post. Thanks for sharing your general knowleage of tanks with us. I could not agree more with you regarding the Grant/Lee tank. Bad design but it gave a lot more capability to the Brits and US than previous machines.

dorthonion
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Question: are beanie hats compulsory for Health & Safety reasons when assembling FOW plastic kits? 🙂

themumblingeagle
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Seems like BF did a really good job with these new kits

ludovic
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yes , juts missing decals and accessories to make the tanks differents from each other.

neal5x5
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I never realized that the crew requirements were so high for the Grant. They must have been packed in there like sardines. I can’t imagine what it would have been like in the desert heat.

themumblingeagle
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According to Wikipedia the M3A2 and M3A3 Lees (nothing on Grants) had welded hulls and the M3A1 a cast hull.
There were only 300 A1’s, 12 A2’s and 322 A3’s compared to ~4000+ original M3’s.

kr4ig
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Nice build and great historical information.

dimdim
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Always been more of a fan of the shermans, but the grant has always looked better than the m3 lee so I cant complain.

troybuckle
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After seeing this video, i think that I would leave the tracks and the few other bits off to paint first then assemble. It would be a lot quicker to hit the tracks and wheels with some colored primer then try and pick them out with a brush after.

glitchingout
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I wonder if you could use this kit to do the lend-lease Soviet Grants? Or as they were affectionately known as “The Seven-man Coffin”. Guess the Soviets weren’t fans…

peter327
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I think the Soviets only got Lee tanks, supplied by the US, hence the grave for 7 brothers nickname. Grants seated 6, as John stated and were British specs. The Americans couldn’t produce enough Grants so the British later in 42 also got a lot of Lees. The M3s in Burma were mostly Lees if I recall correctly.

jodain
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More interesting information on the tanks we are seeing, great work John.

tomd
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John Pls do a painting video for your Desert rat thanks

cbrenner
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Cool build and a nice background. Thanks John.

peter327
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Nice video, John. Keep on waxing.

warwolf
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I remember how bad the plastic stugs were to build nice to see how well these fit together.

lawnor
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A suprisingly cool and articulated tank for such a small scale

irontom
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I liked the added history lesson. I learned a lot about the M3 tank and its variants.

roboute73
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Nice looking kit to build.

sonbae
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In mid war the Grants and US Lees are beasts the mix of 75mm and 37mm allows them to meet lots of different situations

davidquinn77
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Lovely looking tank….. Would look even better with a few 88 or 105 shells lodged in it ha ha ha WOOF

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