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Plus Model M38 Jeep Conversion
c5flies
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Posted: Tuesday, December 02, 2008 - 04:11 PM UTC
Jim Lewis provides an In-Depth Review of the M38 Jeep Conversion Set manufactured by Plus Model, designed for the Tamiya/Italeri kits in 1:35 scale.

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If you have comments or questions please post them here.

Thanks!
Grumpyoldman
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Posted: Tuesday, December 02, 2008 - 11:10 PM UTC
Thanks for the review Jim.
Certainly is a bit of a problem/gap with the windscreen.
rotxxyyzz
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Posted: Wednesday, December 03, 2008 - 01:56 AM UTC
i built my M38 MC model up from a conversion which was manufactured by a japanese company "TC Berg" ...

the kit is no longer available since more than 10 years but think gives the characteristica of the M38 better than the plusmodel kit






also they produced a M38A1 conversion




HeavyArty
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Posted: Wednesday, December 03, 2008 - 02:09 AM UTC

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i built my M38 MC model up from a conversion which was manufactured by a japanese company "TC Berg" ...think gives the characteristica of the M38 better than the plusmodel kit



If you read the review, thats what Jim says too.

Great review Jim. Too bad they missed the mark on it. It should still look pretty good once done though.
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Posted: Wednesday, December 03, 2008 - 03:20 AM UTC
Jimn,
Excellent and very comprehensive review. Thanks.
I know you mentioned the tool placement. It goes without saying that the notches on the left side of the tub need to be filled, and then added to the right side .
Even the Rat Patrol folks used M38's, and most folks never knew the difference...
GunTruck
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Posted: Wednesday, December 03, 2008 - 08:48 AM UTC
Thanks guys! It was a bit of a challenge to review this item. I wish it could have been more comprehensive.
ronbo070
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Posted: Saturday, January 31, 2015 - 02:16 PM UTC
Is there a prefered kit to use for this conversion?
Tamiya or Italieri?

What about the functional spring sets and steerable front axle.
Have they been reviewed as well?
HeavyArty
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Posted: Saturday, January 31, 2015 - 08:10 PM UTC
It doesn't matter which kit you use, it still will not be an accurate M38. The M38 was bigger and had a taller stance than the Willys MB. Converting an MB is not going to get you an M38, just an inaccurate vehicle that is a Willys MB with M38 parts.

The best bet is to use the new MMK M606 kit and parts from the Plus Model M38 Conversion set. The M38 has the same body as the M606, which has the higher hood to accommodate the taller Hurricane engine. You would meed to use the Plus Model M38 conversion set grill and dash board with either the MMK hood cut down or a Williys MB hood. You also have to cut down the engine cowl between the dash and hood. This will give you an accurate M38. It is also what I plan to do.

If you don't want to do all that, the Tamiya MB is the most accurate and easiest to build. Like I said and mentioned in the review, it won't really be an M38.
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Posted: Saturday, January 31, 2015 - 08:38 PM UTC

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The best bet is to use the new CKM M606 kit and parts from the Plus Model M38 Conversion set. The M38 has the same body as the M606, which has the higher hood to accommodate the taller Hurricane engine. You would meed to use the Plus Model M38 conversion set grill and dash board with either the CMK hood cut down or a Williys MB hood. You also have to cut down the engine cowl between the dash and hood. This will give you an accurate M38. It is also what I plan to do.



You mean MMK not CKM, right?




Cheers,

Christophe
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Posted: Saturday, January 31, 2015 - 08:51 PM UTC
Yup, that is the one. It is a really nice kit.

Post corrected.