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M5A1 late Stuart – updating Tamiya’s classic

September 27, 2017 in Armor

This is Tamiya’s ancient (1974?) 1/35 M5A1 Stuart updated to a late variant by removing the Cullen device, side skirts, adding a scratch built stowage bin on the rear, tow cables from fine solder, replacing all the molded in tie down loops with brass wire, drilling out the lights and making lenses, replacing the .30 cals with aftermarket and detailing the mounts, and replacing the inaccurate rubberband track with spare Academy track. Hope you like, Colin

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11 responses to M5A1 late Stuart – updating Tamiya’s classic

  1. Great job, Colin. It IS a great, classic model.

    Bravo!

  2. Very nice, but in my opinion is made in missing some dirt and a little wear and tear, but it could be just left the factory.

    REGARDS

    • The late M5A1’s actually did arrive in theatre just shortly before the end of the war. I prefer just enough weathering to add a touch of realism, without hiding the work that I’ve done.

  3. Colin, it’s almost pretty, if you can say that about a tank. One of my favorites, nice touch with the additional “armor” around the turret. They the redundant kit track?

  4. Beautifully finished and photographed, sir.

  5. I like the Stuart, nasty little support tank to clean-up the remaining resistance nests behind the heavies 🙂 Well done!

  6. One small correction. Check some photos of the tail lights. They weren’t red. Other than that, looks like a job well done.

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