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M3 Stuart (late), Tamiya 1/35
Sleepwalker71
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Posted: Thursday, February 28, 2019 - 06:54 PM UTC
I just finished (more or less) this kit. It's relatively new Tamiya's kit and as such construction was an eventless task. The model shows a tank from 1st Armored Regiment, 1st Armored Division in Tunisia, February 1943 during Kasserine Pass battle, when this tank was destroyed.
Painted olive drab with some modulation which is now not visible under desert dust layers. Comments and suggestions are as always welcomed.

In the near future, I will make a desert themed base.












M4A1Sherman
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Posted: Thursday, February 28, 2019 - 10:23 PM UTC

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I just finished (more or less) this kit. It's relatively new Tamiya's kit and as such construction was an eventless task. The model shows a tank from 1st Armored Regiment, 1st Armored Division in Tunisia, February 1943 during Kasserine Pass battle, when this tank was destroyed.
Painted olive drab with some modulation which is now not visible under desert dust layers. Comments and suggestions are as always welcomed.

In the near future, I will make a desert themed base.















Hi, Damian!

The weather was pretty dismal (Cold and wet, with LOTS OF MUD), during the time of the Kasserine debacle in Tunisia, February, 1943. I think that the weathering job you did on your M3 is quite appropriate...

I might have airbrushed just a tiny bit more "dust" around the Suspension area, and extended the "dust" part way up the sides of the Sponsons. That's just me, though...

YOU DID A FINE JOB!!!
ivanhoe6
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Posted: Friday, March 01, 2019 - 12:31 AM UTC
Very good job Damian ! I don't think that the .30 caliber ammo cans would stay on the rear deck very long when the tank is in motion. But maybe when your build goes on a diorama it will tell a different story.
Please post pictures when you put it on a base. Thank you for sharing !
Sleepwalker71
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Posted: Friday, March 01, 2019 - 03:02 AM UTC
Thanks for the comments. Yes, I will add belts to keep ammo boxes as well as tools.
Dennis, I'm aware of weather conditions at the battle time, especially four days of heavy rain just ahead of it. I tried to recreate it on the top of the hull, and especially on turret top - you may find there washed out-like areas. I was lucky enough to find this photo as my master reference:


Photo used for discussion purpose only.

Upper sponson is not so heavily dusted, however that bottom hull and tracks are completely caked with dust. Other Stuarts photos helped me to recreate front hull dust pattern