U.S. ARMY LIGHT TANK M3A3 STUART AFV CLUB 1/35

It is a U.S. light tank built in March 2009.

Box package of M3A3 Stuart AFV Club 1/35

Making of the light tank Stuart U.S. Army.

assembly around the chassis, M3A3 Stuart AFV Club 1/35

As for assembly around the chassis, parts was little but the structure was complex. I noticed to touch the ground all the wheels.

photo-etched parts like a real wire net, M3A3 Stuart AFV Club 1/35

The rack is photo-etched parts like a real wire net.

upper and lower body matched without trouble, M3A3 Stuart AFV Club 1/35

The upper and lower body matched without trouble. I lost 2 tiny parts.
(2009/03/01)

Two front wire hooks were lost, M3A3 Stuart AFV Club 1/35

Two front wire hooks were lost. Since there was no other way, I made them from the brass wire.

The machine-gun post and the barrel were aluminum parts

I thinly planed the fender with the design knife. Because of the light tank, it looks better. The machine-gun post and the barrel were aluminum parts.

M3A3 Stuart AFV Club 1/35

There are many detailed plastic parts though the photo-etched parts are few.

before painting rear view, M3A3 Stuart AFV Club 1/35

Especially, a spare caterpillar on the front side and the turret side is detailed and painful. The variation without spare caterpillar is optional.

olive drab base color, M3A3 Stuart AFV Club 1/35

I painted basic color in olive drab.
(2009/03/07)

British, 5th Royal Tank Regiment, 22nd Amd Brigade in June 1944, M3A3 Stuart AFV Club 1/35

Before pasting decals, I sprayed clear to adhere decal sticking. I chose the marking of British, 5th Royal Tank Regiment, 22nd Amd Brigade in June 1944. Red marks are colorful and nice.
(2009/03/20)

This figure make out the tank was very small, M3A3 Stuart AFV Club 1/35

This figure make out the tank was very small. When I bent the arm by force, it became unnatural.
(2009/03/25)

M3A3 Stuart AFV Club 1/35 build and painting to finish

M3A3 Stuart was completed. The armor plate is changed from the riveted joint to the welding compared with M3A1, and the slope of a front armor has been changed. A British army fought bravely against the Japanese in the Pacific War.

rear view of M3A3 Stuart AFV Club 1/35

I did silver dry-brushing too much.

washing and dry-brushing, M3A3 Stuart AFV Club 1/35

I irregularly depicted rust and mud with washing. I changed the tone since it was unattractive when it was single color.

side view of M3A3 Stuart AFV Club 1/35

The assembly of a spare caterpillar is difficult and it seems rattled.

marking of the British, 5th Royal Tank Regiment, 22nd Amd Brigade in June 1944

It seems not to have been used by the U.S. Army though M3 was supplied for Allied Forces by the Lend-Lease Acts. A Yugoslavia army, a British army, and the example of Allied Forces such as China were listed in the instruction examples.
I chose the marking of the British, 5th Royal Tank Regiment, 22nd Amd Brigade in June 1944.

M3A3 Stuart AFV Club 1/35

The variable parts became obstructed and I abandoned to take the crew on this turret which opening all the hatches are difficult. However, I took the driver by force. The turret did not turn so much.

pastel work on M3A3 Stuart AFV Club 1/35

I did the pastel work like the powder since it had been used in Normandy.

British tank crew in M3A3 Stuart AFV Club 1/35

Periscopes were painted in blue. Since it was a matte painting, I made them paint clear and shine.

M3A3 Stuart AFV Club 1/35 completed work

It took time, though it was a small body. There is the shot looked into from the under like the real solder eye sight.

from above view of M3A3 Stuart AFV Club 1/35

M3A3 Stuart is difficult for me, but I’m content with the completion.
(2009/03/31)

I am interested in models of tanks, airplanes, ships, military figures, I build it little by little when I feel like it. I am also interested in the history of war. My starting is Tamiya’s Military Miniature series in the elementary school.
From elementary school through university students repeatedly suspend and restart my modeling, it’s about 25 years of this hobby’s history.
Born in February 1970, I live in Tokyo. From February 2007 I was quietly doing a site called “Miniature-Arcadia”. It is being transferred to this blog with the same name from December 2016. My update pace is uneven, but please come to see here occasionally.

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