This time, I will make the M3A1 Scout car of Hobby Boss. I think this car had only a lot of old kits. Tamiya is now released as a completely new mold. I have some leftover Miniart jeep crew figures that I made before, so this Scout car is a good opportunity.
Quite a lot of parts are used for the engine. I don’t want to show this area in particular, so I do a moderate preparation. One of the reasons why kits with many parts have such high internal reproducibility.
This is a very complicated combination of armor plates. I am watching the situation with a temporary assemble. The fit of the parts is very good so far. It’s easier to adjust if I glue it all at once.
More than 20,000 cars were produced by 1944. In addition to the U.S. Army, it is also provided in large quantities to the British, Free French, and Soviet forces. I thought the shape is similar to M2 and M3 half trucks, the original model is this car. The U.S. military switched to other reconnaissance armored vehicles such as Greyhounds and M3 half-trucks.
The decal attached to this kit, the colorful nationality mark is mysterious. It is the marking of the box picture. The US Army Air Forces used blue circles with white stars and a small red color inside, but this is the opposite. It is a white star marking with a small blue circle on a red circle. There is a theory that it was used for operational exercises by the second armored division before the war started, but I don’t know the truth at all. But this is the M2A1 tank marking in Aberdeen. Why did Hobby choose such a rare nationality mark? The other marking is the usual white circle and white star for a British Army vehicle, so I chose it safely and made it a US military vehicle in my brain.
Moreover, in the box picture, it looks like British soldiers are on board this marked vehicle. I’m curious if this fits historical evidence. This is a mark that is rarely seen in the British Army. During the war, British soldiers would often get on American cars, I suppose.
I think about it, even if the figure and driver’s compartment are built-in without painting, it probably won’t be able to paint well, so it would be a good idea to paint a scouting car as a temporary assembly and bring it to completion while doing masking work. Open-top cars are hard because there are many things to think about.
It can’t be helped now, but a manufacturer Hobby Boss doesn’t seem to do much research on actual cars, I suppose, sorry! So we can’t trust the markings. But we have many interesting kits, so Hobby Boss is a valuable manufacturer.
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.