"GALAXY and S-MARS", 1/72 manufacturers from China

Galaxy is out of production and s-Mars is hard to find

Information posted by Fujiang Peng and Zhenmin Han from China

Comments by HenkofHolland


About reviews on other web-sites

I'm not too familiar with "Post War" vehicles, but I will try and do my best to be as correct as possible. A search on internet has shown me that these kits are the same kits that were released earlier by the Chinese Manufacturer "Galaxy" - and now are re-released again under the S-Mars label. The reviews on some web sites are not as positive about the Galaxy / S-Mars kits. But, it seems to me that this is maybe relative. The kit parts I have seen have relatively good-to-nice details and (I agree) are not better than... but also mostly not worse than the same vehicles from Esci/Italeri - Revell and Hasegawa. I agree with the fact that the rubber tracks and some small parts are not acceptable. But, remember that some parts of the same vehicles from the other manufacturers are also not correct, (such as the wheels - one-piece and not double-sided).

The kits are packed in a stiff carton box and don't have decals in the kits. The instruction sheets are basic. In the boxes are rubber tracks with wrong details.(In this the manufacturer "S-Mars" has as "Galaxy" did, used the same two different universal type rubber tracks for all their kits.) The kits have exactly the same dimensions as the same kits from Revell, Hasegawa and the Esci-Italeri kits. The instructions on the boxes are in 6 different languages, so it is possible that the kits are available in countries outside of China.

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Kit s-115 - Merkava MK - Israeli MBT

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For "Greg Kerry's / arcarm.com" review of Kit s-115 - Merkava MK - Israeli MBT visit:

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Kit s-125 - Challenger 2 - British MBT

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Pictures built model www.imx365.net

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For "Greg Kerry's / arcarm.com" review of Kit s-125 - Challenger 2 - British MBT visit:

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Kit s-135 - Leopard 2A3

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For "Doug Chaltry's / OTW" comperison of Kit s-135 - Leopard 2A3 with Hasegawa & Revell Leopards, visit:

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Kit s-145 - M60 A1 - US Marine Tank with reactive armour

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Pictures built model www.imx365.net

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Note: The parts for the reactive armour as showed on the box are not in the box and also not showed on the instruction sheet!!!

For "Greg Kerry's / arcarm.com" review of Kit s-145 - M60 A1 - US Marine Tank with reactive armour visit:

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Kit s-155 - LeClerc French MBT

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Model built by Zhenmin Han
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logo Review Galaxy Leclerc, by Gaby Lezen on OntheWay

Kit s-165 - T72 - Russian Haevy Tank

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Pictures built model www.imx365.net

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Kit s-185 - Russian T80UD - (Sprue pictures by www.imx365.net)

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Pictures built model www.imx365.net

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logo Kit bashing a 1/72 scale T-80UD by Alex Clark - mix from Galaxy > Revell T80 kit.

For an "Victor Hugo Pena" preview about Kit s-185 - Russian T80UD visit:

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Kit s-205 - M1A2 Abrams
Kit s-215 - Abrams with Mine-Plough

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For "Doug Chaltrey's / OTW" - article "Modeling the M1 Abrams in 1/72nd Scale" visit:

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logo M1 Abrams Comparison - between Galaxy > Hasegawa > Revell, Esci, Matchbox, by Doug Chaltry from OntheWay

Box Lay-out from the Manufacturer Galaxy (release in 1994)
Pictures by Zhenmin Han

Kit YH115 - Merkava-2 - model built by Zhenmin Han

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Kit YH125 - Challenger - model built by Zhenmin Han

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Kit YH135 - Leopard 2A3 - model built by Zhenmin Han

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For an "Marko Mäkinen" review kit YH135 Leopard 2A3 visit:

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For an "Doug Chaltry" comparison kit YH135 Leopard 2A3 visit:

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Kit YH145 - M60A1 - model built by Zhenmin Han

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For an "Till Huber" review kit YH145 M60A1 visit:

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Kit YH155 - Leclerc - model built by Zhenmin Han

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For an "Gaby Lazen" review kit YH155 - Leclerc visit:

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Kit YH165 - Russian T-72 - model built by Zhenmin Han

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Kit YH185 - Russian T80U - model built by Zhenmin Han

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Kit YH205 - Leopard M1A2 - model built by Zhenmin Han

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For an "Doug Chaltry" comparison kit YH205 Leopard M1A2 visit:

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History Galaxy contra s-Mars - comments from Zhenmin HAN (Chinese modeller)

The Galaxy set up on 1994 in Fuzhou, Foujian province(which in southeast China). The administrant made a huge plan, included static state models, dynamic models, military models(tank, avion, galley, pigboat, corsair, figure, even Patriot missile series), civil model(plane, car, racing car, houseboat, sailboat, bicycle) so much as model paint. The scale included 1:144, 1:72, 1:48, 1;12. The age included from middle ages to WWII and to now days. But the plan is too huge, to get the market return need long time. Unfortunately Asian financial crisis happened in 1997. There is some problem to the capital chain of Galaxy. Galaxy had to reduce most of their plans. In 1999 for unknown reason Galaxy quit model industry...

Galaxy produced kinds of 72 scales tanks:
American M60A1, M1 Abrams
British Challenger
France Leclerc
Germany Leopard II
Israel Merkava-2
Russia T-72, T-80u

It still has another 2 plans: China Type90, Japan Type90, but for above reason, they were cancelled.

Then a small factory got the 72 scale tanks moulds, re-release them, and called "S-Mars". I have no more information for S-Mars. The boxes of S-Mars have some fraudulence. For kit-125 Challenger 2, there is no gun sight. For kit-145 M60 A1 the picture and character on box shows it has reactive armour, but there has not. For kit-215, same as kit-145 there is no mine plow, it's same one to kit-205. And their tracks all have wrong details.

Early (old) Releases from S-Mars

S-Mars has also some Tiger I variants released under the label "Income - Toy & Hobby" - This are the same Tiger I kits as released under Fujimi label (kit 76013, 76040, 76045, 76051 and 76055)

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