M5A1 STUART U.S. ARMY 3rd ARMORED DIV. AFV CLUB 1/35

M5A1 STUART U.S. ARMY 3rd ARMORED DIV. AFV CLUB 1/35 MAKINGThis time, I will try to build an AFV Club M5A1 Stuart light tank. The kit is a limited edition of “battle of Guningtou, the Bear of Kinmen”. In October 1949, the People’s Liberation Army landed on Kinmen Island in the Taiwan Strait, which was under the control of the Nationalist Party. In this operation, the M5A1 light tanks deployed in the garrison of the Kuomintang army fought a major battle against the landed People’s Liberation Army, contributing to the defeat of the enemy. Thanks to the M5A1 light tank, this tank was given the title “the Bear of Kinmen”. This tank can normally be made as a U.S. military vehicle during World War II, so I think I’ll go with it.

M5A1 STUART U.S. ARMY 3rd ARMORED DIV. AFV CLUB 1/35 MAKINGWell, unfortunately, compared to the other kits of the AFV Club, the parts of this M5A1 are much worse. It’s hard to assemble… I guess it can’t be helped because the kit is already quite old. Since the concept is to reproduce the vehicles of Kinmen Island with the additional decal, the mold may have been exhausted by hitting too many shots. Tamiya’s new kit seems to be good as the M3 series. Anyway, I will do my best to make it.

M5A1 STUART U.S. ARMY 3rd ARMORED DIV. AFV CLUB 1/35 MAKINGI’ve made tanks of this type several times in the past, so I think I can make it without difficulty.

M5A1 STUART U.S. ARMY 3rd ARMORED DIV. AFV CLUB 1/35 MAKINGI make it while removing the pin marks on the backside of the hatch.

M5A1 STUART U.S. ARMY 3rd ARMORED DIV. AFV CLUB 1/35 MAKINGIt has some etched parts.
(2021/03/26)

M5A1 STUART U.S. ARMY 3rd ARMORED DIV. AFV CLUB 1/35 MAKINGEven though the body is small, it takes time to assemble because there are many fine parts.

M5A1 STUART U.S. ARMY 3rd ARMORED DIV. AFV CLUB 1/35 MAKINGThe small barrel was attached with a metal barrel.

M5A1 STUART U.S. ARMY 3rd ARMORED DIV. AFV CLUB 1/35 MAKINGA radio was installed at the back of the turret. I don’t think I should stick around here if I want to put a tank soldier on.

M5A1 STUART U.S. ARMY 3rd ARMORED DIV. AFV CLUB 1/35 MAKINGThe installation of the grouser next to the turret is troublesome. I got used to it a little because it was the third assembly.

M5A1 STUART U.S. ARMY 3rd ARMORED DIV. AFV CLUB 1/35 MAKINGMaybe because there are many parts, even a small tank has a precision feel.
(2021/03/29)

M5A1 STUART U.S. ARMY 3rd ARMORED DIV. AFV CLUB 1/35 MAKINGIt has quite a lot of machine guns, so it could have been enough to defeat the infantry that landed on Kinmen Island.

M5A1 STUART U.S. ARMY 3rd ARMORED DIV. AFV CLUB 1/35 MAKINGThis kit is a US light tank, and there is no need to loosen the caterpillar, so I think there is no problem with the belt-type parts. But I decided to use this AFV club’s connecting T16 because I have been piled up for about 10 years. Or rather, I wanted to use this caterpillar so I was looking for a tank that would fit it, and I happened to buy this Stuart tank. I heard that this is already difficult to get.

M5A1 STUART U.S. ARMY 3rd ARMORED DIV. AFV CLUB 1/35 MAKING M5A1 STUART U.S. ARMY 3rd ARMORED DIV. AFV CLUB 1/35 MAKINGSince the connecting part is fitted to the side of the connecting track parts, it takes a little time. I can’t just line them up, pour glue them all at once.

M5A1 STUART U.S. ARMY 3rd ARMORED DIV. AFV CLUB 1/35 MAKINGIt’s not much different from the belt-type caterpillar, but it’s a little realistic.
(2021/03/31)

M5A1 STUART U.S. ARMY 3rd ARMORED DIV. AFV CLUB 1/35 MAKING
I had some extra parts for the connecting track, so I added more armor to the front and side of the vehicle and to the side of the turret. It was pasted as it was on the assumption that it was welded. For the time being, it was attached in order to protect the crew.

M5A1 STUART U.S. ARMY 3rd ARMORED DIV. AFV CLUB 1/35 MAKING
Now that the assembly is complete, I wonder if I can enter the painting process.

M5A1 STUART U.S. ARMY 3rd ARMORED DIV. AFV CLUB 1/35 PAINTING
The connecting caterpillar I used this time has a lot of sink marks on the flat part. I used putty to shape only the visible part. It might not be obvious if I painted it black, but I made it as flat as possible.

M5A1 STUART U.S. ARMY 3rd ARMORED DIV. AFV CLUB 1/35 PAINTING
Flat black is painted as a primer. There is much blackish equipment such as caterpillars and grousers, so it is just right.

M5A1 STUART U.S. ARMY 3rd ARMORED DIV. AFV CLUB 1/35 PAINTING
It’s all olive drab, so I put some gradation on it. It is hard to paint because the tank is small.

M5A1 STUART U.S. ARMY 3rd ARMORED DIV. AFV CLUB 1/35 PAINTING
I finished pasting the decal, so it’s almost done.

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I was finally able to purchase PlayStation 5 more than 4 months after its release. It’s the first new game machine since PlayStation 3, and this time it’s 5, so it is 2 ranks up. I might buy a game I wanted to play with PS4, which I couldn’t play for a while.
(2021/04/03)

M5A1 STUART U.S. ARMY 3rd ARMORED DIV. AFV CLUB 1/35 FINISHED WORKThe M5 Stuart tank was completed. This time I made it with US Army style.

M5A1 STUART U.S. ARMY 3rd ARMORED DIV. AFV CLUB 1/35 FINISHED WORK M5A1 STUART U.S. ARMY 3rd ARMORED DIV. AFV CLUB 1/35 FINISHED WORKStuart tanks were active from the North African front. On the European front, the German army’s firepower and defenses were improved, so they were used for reconnaissance missions, not anti-tank battles.

M5A1 STUART U.S. ARMY 3rd ARMORED DIV. AFV CLUB 1/35 FINISHED WORK M5A1 STUART U.S. ARMY 3rd ARMORED DIV. AFV CLUB 1/35 FINISHED WORK M5A1 STUART U.S. ARMY 3rd ARMORED DIV. AFV CLUB 1/35 FINISHED WORKMarking is U.S. Army 3rd Armored Division 33 Armored Regiment. It was during the Normandy landings in June 1944. Other markings on the kit included the National People’s Army of the Republic of China and the Free French Army. There are two more types of U.S. Army markings, but this is not a very interesting pattern.

M5A1 STUART U.S. ARMY 3rd ARMORED DIV. AFV CLUB 1/35 FINISHED WORK M5A1 STUART U.S. ARMY 3rd ARMORED DIV. AFV CLUB 1/35 FINISHED WORKConnection track of AFV club sold separately was used. You may not be able to tell the difference from the belt type. It may be my personal satisfaction, but it looks a little realistic.

M5A1 STUART U.S. ARMY 3rd ARMORED DIV. AFV CLUB 1/35 FINISHED WORK M5A1 STUART U.S. ARMY 3rd ARMORED DIV. AFV CLUB 1/35 FINISHED WORKI thought of the extra track parts as increased armor and tried to attach them in various ways.

M5A1 STUART U.S. ARMY 3rd ARMORED DIV. AFV CLUB 1/35 FINISHED WORK M5A1 STUART U.S. ARMY 3rd ARMORED DIV. AFV CLUB 1/35 FINISHED WORK M5A1 STUART U.S. ARMY 3rd ARMORED DIV. AFV CLUB 1/35 FINISHED WORKThe weathering has been washed to give it a slightly dusty feel. I added a little rust color to the non-rubber part of the track.

M5A1 STUART U.S. ARMY 3rd ARMORED DIV. AFV CLUB 1/35 FINISHED WORK M5A1 STUART U.S. ARMY 3rd ARMORED DIV. AFV CLUB 1/35 FINISHED WORK M5A1 STUART U.S. ARMY 3rd ARMORED DIV. AFV CLUB 1/35 FINISHED WORK M5A1 STUART U.S. ARMY 3rd ARMORED DIV. AFV CLUB 1/35 FINISHED WORK M5A1 STUART U.S. ARMY 3rd ARMORED DIV. AFV CLUB 1/35 FINISHED WORKIt was a palm-sized vehicle, but it had a sense of density, so it was quite interesting. I think there are many opportunities to choose the one released by Tamiya now, but it seems to be good to make and compare. If I say so, I have to make Tamiya’s new Stuart tank.
(2021/04/06)

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