M5A1 STUART U.S. ARMY LIGHT TANK AFV CLUB 1/35

I used a connection caterpillar for Stuart light tank. It was built in December 2014.

M5A1 STUART AFV CLUB 1/35 BOX PACKAGEThis time, I choose U.S. Light Tank M5A1 Stuart. It seems more difficult than Tamiya’s M8 Howitzer.

M5A1 STUART AFV CLUB 1/35 MAKINGThe chassis box structure was required cautious trial assembly. Anyway, in case there are small gaps, I use putty for them.

M5A1 STUART AFV CLUB 1/35 MAKINGPhoto-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.

M5A1 STUART AFV CLUB 1/35 MAKINGThe sprocket wheels, road wheels, and guide wheels can 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.
(17-November-2014)

M5A1 STUART AFV CLUB 1/35 MAKINGThe attached wire is made of nylon. I’m worried about it fuzz, but no problem.

M5A1 STUART AFV CLUB 1/35 MAKINGI used 0.2mm metal wire for the antenna. It’s delicate part and metal parts are strong enough the handling while painting after this process.

T36E6 TRACK LATER TYPE AFV CLUB 1/35This 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.

M5A1 STUART AFV CLUB 1/35 MAKINGIt 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.

M5A1 STUART AFV CLUB 1/35 MAKINGNow the caterpillar is appeal point. I didn’t attach side armors.

M5A1 STUART AFV CLUB 1/35 MAKINGAssembly 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.

M5A1 STUART AFV CLUB 1/35 MAKINGBack shot before painting.

M5A1 STUART AFV CLUB 1/35 MAKINGThe tools attached on the side of the turret neatly are called additional grousers for going through the muddy or sandy loose area, they are attached with caterpillar treads. If we all covered with grousers there are no spare parts so be careful not to lose small parts. I am sometimes searching and groveling on the floor with handling mag-light for tiny parts… But the winning percentage is 50%.

M5A1 STUART AFV CLUB 1/35 MAKINGThese photo-etched parts are effectively used. I would like to request one more is the etching light guard parts.

M5A1 STUART AFV CLUB 1/35 MAKING US TANK CREWI combined the Tamiya old figure with a resin head. The pose is a little awkward…, but anyway OK maybe after painting.

M5A1 STUART AFV CLUB 1/35 MAKING US TANK CREWI used a resin head after a long interval, it’s very nice! Unfortunately, this figure has a helmet over his eyes and difficult to show the expression.
(28-November-2014)

M5A1 STUART AFV CLUB 1/35 PAINTINGAttaching decals, I painted detailed parts and lightly washing on the whole body.
(06-December-2014)

M5A1 STUART AFV CLUB 1/35 FINISHED WORKThe M5A1 Stuart light tank has two Cadillac water-cooled V8 gasoline engines each has 110 horsepower. These are changed from the M3 diesel engine.

M5A1 STUART AFV CLUB 1/35 FINISHED WORKThe 37mm antitank gun was powerless in Europe and 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 productive of the light tank.

M5A1 STUART AFV CLUB 1/35 FINISHED WORKAs I commented on the working memo, I used the optional parts of T36E6 type caterpillar. It changed the tank image dynamic.

M5A1 STUART AFV CLUB 1/35 FINISHED WORKFull exposed caterpillar tracks are powerful and cool!!

M5A1 STUART AFV CLUB 1/35 FINISHED WORKEtching parts cutting edge was not so neatly trimmed, but after weathering paint, maybe it’s OK.

M5A1 STUART AFV CLUB 1/35 FINISHED WORKTurret hatches can be wide open, but the inside was not detailed, I choose all hatches closed this time.

M5A1 STUART AFV CLUB 1/35 FINISHED WORKThis tank was one of the 24th Armored Regiment, 1st Armored Division in Belgium, 1944.

M5A1 STUART AFV CLUB 1/35 FINISHED WORKIt 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.

M5A1 STUART AFV CLUB 1/35 FINISHED WORKI have painted the hedge-low cutter with mud, another option is metal and rusty paint which may be better.

M5A1 STUART AFV CLUB 1/35 FINISHED WORKDry mud like light brown sand was spotted on the front and steering wheels.

M5A1 STUART AFV CLUB 1/35 FINISHED WORKI made weathering paint hardly or lightly for a feeling, this control is difficult every time.

M5A1 STUART AFV CLUB 1/35 FINISHED WORKClear 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.

M5A1 STUART AFV CLUB 1/35 FINISHED WORK US TANK CREWOh, the expression is like an American tank crew coming out of a movie…

M5A1 STUART AFV CLUB 1/35 FINISHED WORK US TANK CREWThe helmet is over his eyes so I took the photo from a lower angle.

M5A1 STUART AFV CLUB 1/35 FINISHED WORK US TANK CREWWhen displaying them in this way, the caterpillar is more appealing than the figure.

M5A1 STUART AFV CLUB 1/35 FINISHED WORK US TANK CREWBack shot.

M5A1 STUART AFV CLUB 1/35 FINISHED WORKIt’s a 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.
(7-December-2014)

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