I was going to post all WIP in one shot, but some stuff has come up that will keep me away from the bench for a bit. So I'll go ahead and post what I have.
I'm building a tracky thing, a Tunisian Tiger....well sort of. I'll be building a M3a1 Stuart "Tiger" of US Army, 3rd Platoon, Company C, 1st Armored Battalion, 1st Armored Division. It was captured by German forces in Tunisia in December 1942.
I used Academy's M3a1 Stuart kit (#13269), in 1/35 scale. I've heard good things about this kit. The kit has a few shape issues and suffers from some shortcuts. It does come with an interior and offers the choice of rubberband tracks or individual link tracks. Markings include the US Army's "tiger", two USMC Stuarts in Bougainville, and two Soviet tanks. The two USMC tanks have some pinup art.
The kit comes with parts from their Honey kit, as well as later Stuart parts like solid road-weels, drive sprockets, and idlers.
I started with the suspension. Every thing went together fine.
Mounted the suspension assemblies and drive components to lower hull.
The interior is okay. It captures alot of the standout details of the actual interior. However, it omits the drive trans and the engine. They also left off the support arms for the driver and hull gunner's hatches. Those can be scratched with styrene strip.
Interior painted. The instructions are pretty weak on interior painting and I've seen a variety of painting for various other Stuart interiors.
As an aside, I had to move the radio back so the hull-mounted MG would clear it.
Upper hull assembled. Tiger is shown with the extra MGs added to the hull. Likewise, it mounts the two auxiliary fuel tanks.
I went ahead and painted the hull. I hadn't assembled the turret yet, but I had painted my M36 Jackson for the Interiors Campaign and had some Olive Drab paint left-over so I used it.
And that's where I am right now. The next update will be finishing it up.