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Griefbringer04 Mar 2019 7:05 a.m. PST

I just visited Armourfast website on other business, and noticed that they have at some point come out with 1/72 kit of M18 Hellcat tank destroyer.


Somehow, this release has gone completely under the radar for me. Anybody having an idea when it happened? Based on the product number, it seems to have been their latest release.


Andy ONeill04 Mar 2019 7:16 a.m. PST

Early 2018.
I think february.

mysteron Supporting Member of TMP04 Mar 2019 7:18 a.m. PST

I think its been out for some time . I am sure I saw it a couple of years ago in their listings. I can't comment on how good its as I havn't seen one in the flesh. Normally Armourfast are a tad sparse for me when it comes to the detailing.

shaun from s and s models Supporting Member of TMP04 Mar 2019 7:28 a.m. PST

it had been planned for quite a while, but it did come out last year.
it is quite good, with some stowage & crew it is fine, if you want the best one you can shell out £25.00 GBP+ for the hobbymaster one, but for gaming use it is great.
well worth the money and easy to get.

Andy ONeill04 Mar 2019 8:01 a.m. PST

If you can cope with the scale being 1/76 there's milicast which are £14.99 GBP

Griefbringer04 Mar 2019 8:20 a.m. PST

I presume I must have been living in an oil barrel when it was released. Especially since Armourfast release rate lately has not been very high.

I have to admit that the Armourfast kits can be a bit spartan when it comes to detailing, but I have a soft spot for them and find them quite crisply done.

lloydthegamer Supporting Member of TMP04 Mar 2019 9:38 a.m. PST

Second the comment from Shaun, it looks rather bare without crew and some stowage.

donlowry04 Mar 2019 10:06 a.m. PST

If you can cope with the scale being 1/76 there's milicast which are £14.99 GBP GBP

I prefer 1/76, since most of my stuff (being older) is 1/76. But that price seems pretty high! Is that for just 1 model?

And I could not find it on their site.

dwight shrute04 Mar 2019 10:49 a.m. PST

don, u get two in a box

BuckeyeBob04 Mar 2019 11:24 a.m. PST

video review of box and sprues here
YouTube link

Andy ONeill04 Mar 2019 1:43 p.m. PST

Milicast are resin. You get one for £14.99 GBP.


Armourfast are what one might call cheap and cheerfull.
YouTube link

Personal logo 28mm Fanatik Supporting Member of TMP04 Mar 2019 2:22 p.m. PST

For fast-build hard plastics, PSC is the best in detail and quality followed by Italeri and Armorfast, but unfortunately the variety of vehicles available is in reverse order with Armorfast having the most choices followed by Italeri and PSC.

vichussar Supporting Member of TMP04 Mar 2019 2:32 p.m. PST

What's with the complaints about lack of detail?
Armourfast kits are fine for wargaming. You can add detail if you want.
When I started gaming in the early 70's you had Airfix, Nitto, Fugimi in 1/76 or Ecsci and Hasegawa in 1/72.
When Matchbox started their 1/76 range we all cheered because they added totally new models not just rehashing stuff already available.
Today there are way more different kits available even before you add the resin or 3D printed options

forrester05 Mar 2019 12:25 a.m. PST

I've had good results with Armourfast, especially using detail and stowage accessories from S&S and EWM.You do have to put in a bit of work,and they look rather basic straight from the box but they do some useful kits not otherwise available eg from PSC. I've used a number of Sherman M4A2's as Sherman III's for British armoured brigades.

mysteron Supporting Member of TMP05 Mar 2019 2:34 a.m. PST

@vichussar. Its not really a complaint as such about detailing ,well not from me anyway. Its just that Armourfast tend to leave detailing off some models such as pick axes and spades which normally you would take for granted on any other make of kits. So adding the cost and time to detail the model may negate the cost saving in the first place. However the model such as the Hellcat will be worth buying as there are not too many options. When I was buying my WW2 US the only option was the Millicast model . Very nice model it is too but quite expensive, if you need a few. ( I havn't told the Mrs ! )

shaun from s and s models Supporting Member of TMP05 Mar 2019 2:35 a.m. PST

looks like i will have to do an m18 stowage pack then!

mysteron Supporting Member of TMP05 Mar 2019 2:40 a.m. PST

Knowing you Shaun , I thought it would have been something you would have done some time ago as many of your other kits are based on detailing the Armourfast range .

shaun from s and s models Supporting Member of TMP05 Mar 2019 7:21 a.m. PST

we were considering doing the m39 conversion for it, but a stowage set looks likely but it will not include shovels and picks ect, too fidly and hard to cast in quantity.

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