This 100% new tooling, 1/35 scale M3 Lee "Rivet Hull" has certainly been worth the wait! It incorporates the early type Vertical Volute Spring Suspension (VVSS) and each individual rivet that's studded along the entire body is faithfully reproduced. The shape of the M3's unique polygonal body & cast turret is perfectly made, as is the exquisitely detailed interior of the turret. Modelers have a choice of assembling the long barrel 75mm gun or the short barrel. Beautifully molded flexible track and crisp, accurate decals add to the impressiveness of detail that Academy brings to this new release. The M3 Lee was the first modern American medium battle tank employed in combat in World War II. It saw action with the British in North Africa as early as 1941 & the South pacific theater along with the M4 Sherman tank. The M3 was the result of crisis management that was prevalent immediately following the fall of France. No tank in history ever went from design to production faster than the M3. As furnished to the British under the lend-lease program, this first model of the M3 medium tank was nicknamed the General Lee by the British.