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  1. Moving on to planning my next project while the paint drys on my A9, I picked this up as a semi-impulse buy recently: I’ve been keen to build one since reading Robert Crisp’s amazing personal story of his experiences in the desert in WW II in his book Brazen Chariots. I suspect many on this site will be familiar with his life story (which is altogether extraordinary - see for example https://www.badassoftheweek.com/crisp). I am going to finish it in the other Caunter Scheme tank in the box (not Bellman!). I have Tamiya mixes for the silver-grey and slate from when I built the Tamiya 1:48 Matilda and Tilly a few years ago. I’m also going to use Vallejo ModelAir Portland Stone. As you can see I have the appropriate reading material to hand!
  2. I’ve been keen to build a Stuart in British colours since reading “Brazen Chariots” by Robert Crisp. My local hobby store has a restock and I managed to grab the Academy kit at a good price. Here is my attempt, pretty much out of the box other than a go a making more of rack for the cans at the back. I also had a go at brush painting a Caunter Scheme using some Tamiya mixes I made awhile ago and Vallejo acrylics. Weathered (a little too much) with Vallejo Model Washes. Build thread can be found here: According to the box the markings are for the 8th King’s Royal Irish Hussars, 7 Armoured Division, Sidi Rezegh, Libya, November 1941. Thanks for looking.
  3. First completion for the year, the Mirage M3 Stuart completed as an Australian example in New Guinea. It’s very small in 1:72 scale! Also an experiment using a new (to me) brand of paint - Mig AMMO acrylic. My local hobby shop is running low on my usual Tamiya paint so I thought I should give this a go. Not entirely convinced - may need to give it another go. It brush painted ok over a coat of Tamiya acrylic as a primer. The kit has a great decal sheet, allowing you to complete the tank as a whole bunch of different examples from the 2/6 th Australian Armoured Regiment in New Guinea in late 1942-early 1943. You can read all about their actions on the ANZAC Steel website here. I completed mine as “Captain Kidd”, of C Squadron, 2/6th Australian Armoured Regiment at Buna, 18 December 1942. This tank was commanded by Cpl Tom Byrnes, but also had on board the squadron commander Captain N Whitehead as it was the command tank for the action at Buna. Captain Whitehead was injured during the attack, and the commanding officer of the regiment, Lt Col Hodgson took over until he was also injured. The tank was subsequently destroyed by a magnetic mine. Of the seven tanks in action on 18 December 1942, three were lost. And finally against an Australian $2 coin for scale (which is similar in size to a British pound coin) Thanks for looking.
  4. With 23,500+ vehicles built, the M1/M2/M3/M5 family is by far the most numerous light tank ever. After 110 short-hull M1s and 700 long-hull M2s (both with rear idler hanging above the ground) there were 10,430 up-armoured M3 and M3A1 (15% of them powered by Diesel engines), 3,430 M3A3 with a roomier hull and 8,890 M5 and M5A1s, which combined the sloped armour of the M3A3 hull with a less troublesome (and more powerful) Cadillac „double V8” engine. The boxy little tank is 2 ft shorter than the Vauxhall Vivaro van, although it is a foot wider and a foot (due to the turret) taller. Powered by the air-cooled 250 hp Continental W670 7-cylinder radial engine, the early M3 variant with the D58101 turret, armed with a single 37mm gun and five 0.3” MGs, weighed roughly 15 tons. Although undergunned and underarmoured to the 1943 standards, the M3 and M5 were praised for their speed (almost 40 mph) and reliability, which were lacking in German and British tanks in North Africa. The 2006 Mirage kit is considered the best Braille scale M3/M5 worldwide. The #726073 boxing contains 125 styrene parts on 5 sprues and 3 rubber items – two continuous tracks and a (useless) tow rope. The decals are provided for two M3s of the 1st Battalion, 13th Regiment, U.S. 1st Armored Division, fighting in Tunisia in November 1942. They both wear the standard camouflage scheme of the US No.9 Olive Drab overall. My model shows the M3 kept in running condition by the Laenzlinger Collection in Switzerland. Frankly speaking, I do not know if W-308412 belonged to the 1st Battalion of the 1st or the 13th Armored Regiment during the Battle of Kasserine Pass in February 1943. However – three red stripes on the star and a tactical no. 16 do indicate that it was certainly the 3rd Platoon of the 3rd Company. I also do not know why the Swiss didn’t paint either a large yellow „16” on the engine doors or a USAAF-style white star on the engine deck, as both emblems were worn by the vast majority of (if not almost all) the M3s fighting in Tunisia at the time. In my opinion, both should be there and they are on my model. The paints are (as always) Humbrol enamels: 155 for the Olive Drab and 24 for the yellow band surrounding the turret - painted with brushes. Then the Vallejo acrylic matt varnish was brush-applied overall. The model was made OOB except for making the turret rotable (two slots cut in the hull upper decking and a rod glued under the turret), drilling the cannon muzzle and adding an antenna made of the 0.3mm Aber steel wire. Additional numbers came from the Mirage Grant, Airfix Vertol 107 and Mastercraft Draken, while the US star was taken from the AZ Piper Cub. The pictures are taken with an LG smartphone. Comments welcome Cheers (and a Happy New Year to everybody) Michael
  5. UPDATE 00: Hi Pals, A new model, this time back to the 2nd WW, is the Stuart light tank, represented by an Italeri kit, (which can be an Academy rebox?), and which has been a gift. This model has always attracted me a lot, because although small, it has a lot of personality in my opinion. I never did one of these before, and there were options on the market at different scales, but in the end there were other models that took me away from it. The version that I like is the M3, in its different configurations, but not the M5, which with the addition of its turret, makes it lose its charm. The kit that concerns me, seems of quite quality, for the price it has, since it includes a fairly complete interior (it will be my first interior), and two sets of tracks, some vinyl and others link-to-link, I'll see for which I decide, because I am not going to do saggy, and what difficulty do the singles have ... It also includes leftover pieces, which are, I think, for the British version of the Stuart, the Honey, which I also love, and according to this one, later on it would be a candidate to build ... I hope to start soon, thanks for watch and comment, and TC Cheers Francis
  6. Looking for the early (i.e. vertical driver's front plate) M3 Stuart multi-colour camouflage from MTO I have found such an article at War Thunder https://warthunder.com/en/news/2952--en featuring the computer renderings of both M3 Light (Stuart) and M3 Medium (Lee) tanks from the US 753rd Tank Battalion in something looking like standard OD with large areas of Earth Sand (or is it British Mud?) superimposed. The Stuart has no hull guns, so this is probably the M3A1. The question is whether are there any photos existing of similarly camouflaged American M3s or M3A1s from MTO (Tunisia or Italy - does not matter)? In the meantime I have recalled the Star Decals set for the US M4A1 Shermans fighting in Italy https://www.star-decals.net/35-983.html with several vehicles from the 191st Tank Battalion sporting the same camo (StarDecals says "either Earth Sand or mud - do as you like") and even the three-colour (OD+ Earth Sand + Earth Red) M4A1 from another 5th Army unit - the 752nd Tank Battalion. And again - are there any documents describing such camo for the 5th army tanks? Was it applicable also for the M3 Light Tank? Do any pictures exist? Cheers Michael
  7. After thoroughly enjoying the Crusader build and with a few hours to kill.. oh who am I kidding? I went and did it again, looking through the stash and found this blast from the past recently purchased along with a nice set of AFV Club workable tracks. After a few hours Saturday night and Sunday evening (after I got back from the Coventry and Warks show) we have this. Lower hull painted base coat of Olive Green (Tamiya XF-58), wheels and suspension assembled and painted (not necessarily in that order) Running Gear all in place (sans tracks at the moment) Wheels all turn (except drive sprockets which Tamiya decided should be glued for some reason ) Fixed a little see through issue Upper hull mostly together and resting on chassis to show how it looks Sorry for the delay in posting and the lack of process pictures but I sometimes get rather absorbed in the task and before I know it I've completed several assembly steps and there's no pictures of how I got there. Anyhoo thanks for looking all Comments and suggestions always welcome. Cheers Phil
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