It's pretty interesting what you can find at model railroad shows.
Amidst all the booths of Thomas The Tank Engine toys that my boys were excitedly drooling over, I came across this baby.
Only $9? SOLD!!!
They had Tigers, Shermans, and Half-Tracks too. But this was the most 40K-ish looking choice. Here's the Amazon link:
And the opened box.
Hey look GW! A SUSPENSION!!! See? It can be done!
This is actually a motorized kit. Not that I plan on using it like that.
It's not quite 40K-scale. The green army man is about a perfect fit.
Here it is next to a vanilla Russ.
The turret is a bit too large for a standard Chimera.
And it's a bit too small to look good on a Russ.
I think it would make for a good Hydra conversion though. If you stuck it on the back of a Manticore and swapped some assault cannons for the 30mm gun.
Here's the Lee body after being "40K-ized" with sponsons, a multi-laser turret, and a hull-mounted Vanquisher cannon. Not too bad. I dub it the "Leegranticus". After some dead Tallarn General from the Heresy.
This is when I wish that I played Orks. :)
I can't just make up my own tank and use it competitively, but I can make a nice terrain piece out of this kit. Probably as a burned out wreck. I'm thinking that a big hole just forward of the port sponson would do the trick. With the Dozer blade bent to that side and the top turret facing whatever killed it.
Not bad for $9.