My "Squadron" Stuart is done!
So, for those that missed the beginning of the story, I have loved this kit since I was a kid when it came out in 1974. Recently I decided to see if I could find an original release, 1974 boxing and did at Skyway Models here in Seattle. I was happily building one day and opened my brand new tube of Squadron white putty. Sadly instead of coming out the top, the bottom seam split and it squirted about a foot across my bench onto my Stuart! I wrote a rather terse email to customer service at Squadron, and they were great. I expected maybe they would send me a current issue of the kit, a credit or something. Instead they sourced another 1974 original from 1001 Model kits.com! Coincidentally it had a Squadron shop price tag on it, $4.50! Anyway, here it is showing where Tamiya was in 1974, and why they would go on to dominate the modeling industry for decades. Figures are Mini-art with aftermarket decals. I posed it on the comic that inspired my love of the Stuart, a 1970 issue of GI Combat. The last picture is it next to the Squadron shop box and my McClaren kit, showing the glorious early days of Tamiya. I faded it to try and make it look like an old polaroid.
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