I used a connection caterpillar for Stuart light tank. It was built in December 2014.
This time, I choose U.S. Light Tank M5A1 Stuart. It seems more difficult than the Tamiya’s M8 Howitzer.
The chassis box structure was required cautious trial assembly. Anyway, in case there’s small gaps, I use putty for them.
Photo-etched parts metal mesh were so real. I attached them but some angle was bent, I fix it later. Parts are very detailed in whole, it helps sharp molds.
The sprocket wheels, road wheels and guide wheels can be choose earlｙ type or late type. Early types have holes in the wheels, but late types were all filled. I chose the wheels all late types.
The attached wire is made of nylon. I’m worried about it fuzz, but no problem.
I used 0.2mm metal wire for antenna. It’s delicate part and metal parts are strong enough the handling while painting after this process.
This has been stocked for 3 years, M-5 light tank T36E6 track later type, this is the time I use it. Maybe a different appearance from the normal type flat caterpillar attached in this kit.
It took more time than the Magic Track Dragon Models because it includes many sides connecting parts. It’s very smooth working when I use glue only one of the two pins each, it’s changed the temporary movable belt. Quickly fitting to the chassis and all fixed while checking the belt shape.
Now the caterpillar is appeal point. I didn’t attach side armors.
Assembly process is difficult especially chassis box part. Many parts are combined at the same time, so we need a trial assembly. Front armor is welded so in case there’s gap we can recover with putty.
Back shot before painting.
The tools attached on the side of the turret neatly are called additional grousers for going through muddy or sandy loose area, they are attached with caterpillar treads. If we all covered with grousers there’s no spare parts so be careful not to lost small parts. I am sometimes searching and groveling on the floor with handling mag-light for tiny parts….. But the winning percentage is 50%.
These photo-etched parts are effectively used. I would like to request one more is the etching light guard parts.
I combined the Tamiya old figure with resin head. The pose is a little awkward…, but anyway OK maybe after painting.
I used a resin head after a long interval, it’s very nice! Unfortunately, this figure has helmet over his eyes and difficult to show the expression.
Attaching decals, I painted detailed parts and lightly washing on the whole body.
The M5A1 Stuart light tank has two Cadillac water-cooled V8 gasoline engines each has 110 horsepower. These are changed from M3 diesel engine.
The 37mm antitank gun was powerless in Europe and the North Africa, but showed the power in the first half of the Pacific front because Japanese tanks are not very strong. M5A1 was produced approximately 6,800 in total, the number of the most production of the light tank.
As I commented on the working memo, I used the optional parts of T36E6 type caterpillar. It changed the tank image dynamic.
Full exposed caterpillar tracks are powerful and cool!!
Etching parts cutting edge was not so neatly trimmed, but after weathering paint, maybe it’s OK.
Turret hatches can be widely open, but the inside was not detailed, I choose all hatches closed this time.
This tank was one of the 24th Armored Regiment, 1st Armored Division in Belgium, 1944.
It may be a contradiction as the weathering of the hedge low cutter is muddy, although I want to emphasize the metal color of the caterpillar.
First, I painted the mud in chestnut, brown but like the image of fighting in Indochina, after all I re-painted in sand color.
I have painted the hedge-low cutter with mud, another option is metal and rusty paint which may be better.
Dry mud like light brown sand was spotted on the front and steering wheels.
I made weathering paint hardly or lightly for a feeling, this control is difficult every time.
Clear parts headlights shine when I light from the right in front. It’s a good accent of this mat and semi-gloss clear coating tank.
Oh, the expression is like an American tank crew coming out of a movie…
Helmet is over his eyes so I took photo from a lower angle.
When display them in this way, the caterpillar is more appealing than the figure.
It’s small vehicle, there are many detailed parts and we can make perfect shape M5A1 from this kit. Sometimes I puzzled the joint of parts, especially chassis body box joint, it was cool M5 full of exact feelings when completed.