The M31 ARV (Armored Recovery Vehicle or Tank Recovery Vehicle) was designed to fulfill the urgent need to recover disabled tanks from the battle field for safe repairs away from the front lines. The M31 was based on the M3 “Lee” Medium Tank. It’s armaments were removed and it’s 37mm AT gun turret was fitted with a 30 ton crane. Extra tool boxes, towing equipment, etc. were strapped all over the outside of the vehicle. Dummy guns were also added to disguise the nature of the vehicle, as ARV’s were a primary target for enemy anti-tank teams. The M31 was usually considered the most valuable possession of a tank company, because forward tank units depended on repairing disabled vehicles rather than receive replacements from the rear. The M31 served in all theaters of combat in World War II by the US and Allies.
Additional information about this Brickmania custom Lego® kit:
This Brickmania custom kit is only being offered as an exclusive reward for helping to launch the Brickmania Track Links™ on Kickstarter. All photos are shown using LEGO Technic track links, which will be replaced with the more realistic Brickmania Track Links when the kit is delivered. The only way to order this kit now s to pledge now for delivery when the new tracks are ready (we are aiming for sometime in July). Your opportunity to own one of these kits ends Saturday Jun 8, at 12:25pm CDT.
M31 with double-wide Brickmania Track Links™
The M13 ARV kit has the following features:
- Realistic boom crane that can be posed in a variety of ways.
- Two custom pad-printed tanker minifigs
- Two stocked tools bins with opening lids
- Six opening hatches for the crew plus opening engine compartment doors
- Easy separating lower / upper hulls for access to the semi-detailed interior
- Built to the same 1/35 scale as other Brickmania kits
- Includes 684 new condition elements from LEGO and Brickmania
- Comes with signed and number certificate of authenticity
- Intermediate Skill Level (4-6 years experience with LEGO is recommended)
All Brickmania model kits are made of new-condition LEGO bricks and this one includes compatable weapons by BrickArms. This model comes disassembled and includes completed printed building instructions and comes packaged in a sealed box.
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