Friday, December 6, 2013

New Release: Plastic M3A1 Half-Track for Bolt Action

Out now is Warlord Games' all-new plastic M3A1 half-track kit for Bolt Action! The new plastic half-track is a replacement for the previous resin version, and while they may look identical at first glance, there are some important improvements:

As those who have put together any resin vehicle will testify, plastic models have a lot of advantages.
First the parts require less cleaning,
Second you can use plastic glue instead of superglue to stick them together,
Third they are far faster to assemble (which is important if you're building a platoon!).
Last, they are also lighter to carry around, and less breakable, too.

The M3A1 plastic half-track has noticeably sharper details than its resin predecessor. It also comes with two optional front fenders to choose from, as well as a collection of stowage – including spare helmets, backpacks, and fuel cans – that you can use to ensure each vehicle looks unique.

The kit also comes with a highly detailed full-color waterslide decal sheet with U.S. Army and Free French options. Not only that, Warlord Games has a US Armored Fist boxed set, containing three half-tracks and 30 U.S. infantry, ready to assault the enemy head-on!

One of the most iconic pieces of hardware in US Military history, over 40,000 M3 half-tracks were produced during World War II with many thousands of similar models also being supplied to their allies.

The M3A1 was ideally suited to rushing troops to the front and through gaps in the enemy lines. With a top speed of 45 mph, and armoured enough to keep out most small arms fire, they performed admirably in this role.

They had a crew of three men and could carry ten fully equipped troops. There were many variations on the chassis including tank destroyers, mortar carriers and ambulances, but most frequent by far were the M3A1 with its armament of a heavy .50 cal heavy machine gun and two or more .30 cal machine guns.

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