Eduard US 37mm gun tube for Academy
M3 and M3A1 (item 34029)
by Frank De Sisto
This is a straightforward item that should prove useful not only for
the Academy kits, but for any US vehicle requiring a 37mm gun, Thus, it
can be used on any of the Tamiya kits of the M3 and M5 light tanks, the
M3 Lee and Grant medium tanks as well as their M8 armored car. It will
also be useful for Italeri’s M8 armored car and their LVT(A)1.The
gun tube is a single piece of turned aluminum with a thinner protruding
rod at the breech end to aid in fixing it to the designated kit. This
should also allow it to be easily adapted to any number of appropriate
The gun has the proper “look” since it features a muzzle
tip with a very subtle flare and the small grooves around the tube’s
collar. Dimensionally, it matches the gun tube in the AFV Club M3A3, so
it is as “correct” as that one may or may not be. Whatever
the criteria a prospective buyer might use when considering this accessory,
it certainly “looks” the part and will save some time.
Eduard products are available at retail and mail order shops and directly
from the manufacturer at: www.eduard.cz.
Visit their web site for images of reviewed items.