Airfix 1:35 M3 Stuart 'Honey'
First build completed in 2021. Off to a good start.
This is a rebox of the Academy M3 with different markings and camo scheme. The quality is decent but definitely not comparable to current Tamiya, Meng or Takom standards. The instructions also aren't up to par with the new style Airfix instructions. There was a lack of locator pins and coupled with vague instructions, some parts placement required internet searches to estimate precise locations. That being said, everything fit well and there was little need for filling and sanding. Note that you have a choice of one-piece rubber tracks or individual track links. I'm usually pretty patient with track link assembly but the fit of these were extraordinarily fiddly and after assembling just a couple of inches, I decided it was too time consuming and frustrating.
I went for a very dusty North Africa finish with Tamiya paints and AK pigments. Based on research, M3s could be quite dusty so I went heavy on the AK No. Africa pigment applied several different ways with mixed results.
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