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Alan Rush
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M5A1 Stuart Tamiya 1/35 kit

October 23, 2013 · in Armor · · 12 · 2.7K

This was my first armour kit when I started out a while ago. It is OOB with no experimenting. It is hand painted with Model Master acrylic olive drab and black tracks. There is no weathering other than a black wash and some highlighting. Not perfect by any means but good enough that I moved on to another kit afterwards. I was on sick leave from an operation and found it very therapuetic to work on this.

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  1. I actually agree with you, in a sense that model building can be therapeutic, it takes the fokus off of other negative distractions.

    I started out at modeling to keep me busy, as I am currently a full time student and found it therapeutic in the sense that it took my focus of the worries of life.

    Futhermore, hope the op went well. I like the look of your tank - I'm more into planes, and found that modelling is alo art more so than not. Perhaps I should try a tank myself - I suppose ur into the WW's?

    The opportunity of being able to create and being creative is quite a stimulant and soother. Exciting as well!

    Greetings Leon

  2. Nice smooth paint, really cant tell it's brush painted
    Tracks look nice too, you weathered the drive sprocket teeth also
    Build more
    Post more

    • Thanks Steven. I plan to build more but slow going. Will post as I do.

    • I was really surprised when you said it was Model Master acrylic, which I think is among the worst paint there is, and I have never had success like you had with a brush. Really nice work!

      • Hi Tom, it was about 5 - 6 thin coats to finish it. The lesson I learned is that I need to learn how to use an airbrush. It did come out smoother than I was expecting. Thanks for your comments.

  3. Nothing wrong with brush painting on armoured vehicles, Alan, it's a fighting vehicle, not a limo! Good photography, too.

    • Purchased an airbrush a while ago but haven't started using it. Using spray cans also but can't seem to avoid too heavy a coat of paint. Practising but haven't succeeded yet.

  4. I can only echo the sentiments of George and Steven, Alan...very nice work all-around. I like it!

  5. Who doesn't love the Stuart? Nice work, Alan.

  6. My kind of build! Can hang right in there with the more expensive and over-engineered AFV Club Stuart. Well done sir.

  7. Alan,
    Although I like to stick to airplanes I also occasionally dabble in some armour and I definitely appreciate looking at armour models. The Stuart, for some unknown reason, is one of my favorites. Your model is a joy to look at. If this was your first armour model you scored a 10 on this one. I think it looks great. I read your bio and I hope all is well with you now after your operation. I think you may be the only person I know that has more kits than finished models. Amazing!

  8. Just wanted to thank everyone for looking and offering comments. It was a real confidence boost to show a model for the first time in public. I am enjoying building and will keep at it.

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