This kit is
a relatively simple and inexpensive way to correct the suspension
sets in Academys
M3 Lee. The models suspension housing (or bracket)
is too long from top to bottom, apparently based by Academy on its
later heavy duty VVS suspension parts. This makes the Lee sit up
too tall off ground level.
six new early style brackets (without the pair of horizontal ribs
on the bracket face) along with the volute springs and return rollers,
which combine with Academys suspension arms and wheels. A
length of plastic rod is provided by Formations to keep the arms
and springs in place.
The resin parts
need some careful cleaning but are well cast overall, save for a
few bubbles that required some Testor contour putty. Be aware that
the distinctive diagonal support flanges on top of the brackets
was easy based on the illustrated directions, and I felt the parts
went together better than my experience with Tiger Model Designs
full resin suspension. The completed suspensions attach directly
to the mounting plates molded onto the Academy hull, guided bu a
large pin on the backside of the bracket.
notes, using this set should leave behind enough plastic parts for
a complete VVSS suspension with the straight trailing arm, which
you could in turn use on Tamiya's M4 or Italeri's M4A1.
$17, this is not an inexpensive replacement, but it will be worth
the money if you want a more accurate looking Lee.