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M3 light tank “Stuart” build – Part 2:Assembly


It all fitted together very nicely. Unlike most other builds of mine these days, I did not add any extra parts or modify anything, even accepting the moulded on handles and rubber band tracks.


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M3 light tank “Stuart” build – Part 1:Introduction

The vehicle

“… the M3 Stuart was sent via lend-lease to the Soviets, with just under 1000 units of the light tank being received… It was not especially liked by the Soviets … Criticism included weak armor and weaponry, narrow tracks not suited to the Russian winter or muddy autumn, and flammable high-octane, non-standard aviation fuel.” [1]

The kit

Tamiya 1/35 kit [2]. I think that this is one ugly tank, with manifest problems. Even so, I am doing this new kit by Tamiya, to add to my growing collection of Allied vehicles sent to the USSR.



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T-34/76 (model 1943) build – Part 7:Weathering (dust and rain marks)

  • AMMO “Oilbrusher” oil paints (“Dust” A.MIG-3516, “Dusty Earth” A.MIG-3523, “Medium Soil” A.MIG-3522) were dotted on the much of the horizontal surface, underside, running gear of the vehicle and wheels, which had previously been dampened with enamel thinner. A round brush was used to dilute and blend the oils.
  • The same oils were dotted on the sloping and vertical surfaces. A flat brush was used to draw them down the sides to create dust and rain streaks.

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T-34/76 (model 1943) build – Part 6:Weathering (streaks)

The vertical and sloping sides of the upper hull and turret were dampened with enamel thinner and then dots of AMMO Oilbrusher “Starship Filth”, “Starship Bay Sludge” and “Rust” were added. Then, using a flat brush, the oil paint was drawn down the side to simulate streaks. After drying, this process was repeated multiple times.

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T-34/76 (model 1943) build – Part 5:Weathering (wash)

  • The entire vehicle was washed with a dilute mixture of Winsor & Newton “Raw Umber” and “Lamp Black” oil paints (ratio about 5:1) in enamel thinner – the excess being cleaned up with a dry brush or cotton bud.
  • AMMO Oilbrusher “Olive Green” (A.MIG-3505) was used on various high points of the vehicle.
  • Certain hull panel lines were treated with AMMO “Panel Line Wash – Dark Green Grey” (A.MIG-1608).