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M3LEE-Front-low-details by 12jack12 M3LEE-Front-low-details by 12jack12
Academy 1:35 Scale model assembled, painted and weathered by me.
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The Medium Tank M3 was an American tank used during World War II. In Britain the tank was called by two names based on the turret configuration. Tanks employing US pattern turrets were called the "General Lee", named after Confederate General Robert E. Lee. Variants using British pattern turrets were known as "General Grant", named after U.S. General Ulysses S. Grant.
Design commenced in July 1940, and the first M3s were operational in late 1941. The M3 was well armed with a both a 75mm gun and a 37 mm gun and 4 30-06 Browning M1919A4 machine guns and 51 mm of armor for protection. Due to design flaws (high silhouette, archaic sponson mounting of the main gun, below-average off-road performance) it was not satisfactory and was withdrawn from front line duty as soon as the M4 Sherman became available in large numbers.
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MiGpilot25 Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Good Job!
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12jack12 Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks :wave:

I tried to make it look like it had been through years of hell.
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MiGpilot25 Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
That you did!
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SirMauser Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2015  Student General Artist
Yeah, the Lee was basically a stopgap tank until the M4 came into production. By the start of the war, America was still using riveted construction for its tanks, which limited how big a gun and turret you could mount. Once we figured out how to make cast and welded hulls, we could finally mount the 75mm gun into a main central turret.
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tanker22052 Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2014
Awesome job!
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Baryonyx62 Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Great weathering, but I looks like it sat in a lake for some years, not really operational anymore... =P
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12jack12 Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist

It does not look that bad in person.  I went for a heavy layer of dried mud and sand look.

I just kind of think of it as one that survived battle in desert, but got left behind because

newer and better tanks came along for it's crew. :nod:

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Baryonyx62 Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Aww... now if you say it like that it makes me kind of sad... :(
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12jack12 Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist

Did you see the inside shot of the main hull? 12jack12.deviantart.com/art/M3…

I did the turret to, but I can't figure out how to take a good photo of it. :no:

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Baryonyx62 Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
What exactly is the problem with the photo? Maybe I can help! :)
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12jack12 Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist

No real problem with the photo, it's just the weathering details stand out so much more than they do under normal light and normal viewing distance.

The tank photos I have take (of all my tank models) could almost be considered macro photography.  The lens of my Nikon is about 6 inches (152 mm)

from the model, so you get that high level of surface details.

 

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Baryonyx62 Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Oh hmm... well the only thing I could imagine is experiment with different lighting and try to avoid using flash.
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12jack12 Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I used daylight temperature studio lights, no flash.  Using a flash would make the details look flat. 

Back in the days of film cameras I had my own darkroom and did lots of differet types of photography, so I have lots of stuff laying around to work with.


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NyanPuppy Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
VERY nice!
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12jack12 Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks :wave:

I thought I went a bit heavy on the weathering, but it keeps looking better and better to me :nod:
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lordsjaak Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013
it look really awsome :D
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Zurek0 Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2012  Hobbyist
I really like the details :D
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12jack12 Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you :wave:
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Brazilian-Soldier Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2012
Nice work!
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yu2673 Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Nice done.
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12jack12 Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank You :wave:

I was going for a heavy weathered look :nod:
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yu2673 Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Nicely done.
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