This 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.
Well, 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.
This 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.
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.
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.
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.
Stuart 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.
Marking 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.
It 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.
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.