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Tamiya M3A1 Stuart

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This is the new Tamiya M3 Late Production #35360 that came out earlier this year. It was a very easy build, well detailed with great fit, in short no real problems. I did run into some issues with a Future floor wax coat that silvered/frosted the registration codes but it isn't terribly noticeable. I had a lot of fun with the weathering; I wanted to show the heavy Tunisian desert dust and relied on a couple of different examples of AK Interactive Dust and Dirt Deposits which can be easily manipulated with enamel thinner once applied. A lone Diopark cactus finished of the desert base.
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About the Author

About Rick Cooper (clovis899)
FROM: CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES

I have been modeling for about 30 years now. Once upon a time in another century I owned my own hobby shop; way more work than it was worth. I tip my opti-visor to those who make a real living at it. Mainly build armor these days but I keep working at figures, planes and the occasional ship.


Comments

Rick has done an excellent job on this, with the dust reminding me of times when I could taste it in my mouth after a long road march. It looks just like that too on real tanks in dusty dry climates. I do have one question-- what's up with the green-green TCs headgear?-- Its not OD, looks like the TC gave it a coat of paint in the shade of faded Kelly Green! VR, Russ
NOV 09, 2018 - 09:32 AM
The grubby/dusty look is top notch, and the tank & base match perfectly! Seems like I'll have to get one of these new Stuarts and toss the ancient ones.
NOV 09, 2018 - 10:06 AM
Wish I had a good answer for your question about the headgear. Best I can come up with is it was supposed to be the base-coat only! I'll need to do some work on it for sure. Thanks for pointing that out!! Cheers, Rick
NOV 09, 2018 - 01:21 PM
I think I have found my next new build! You sold me on this, Rick!
NOV 09, 2018 - 02:30 PM
The commanders .30 Browning needs to be fixed. its sitting wrong in the mount and looks like its missed being painted (apologies if this was a WIP images). a .30 should look like this in the mount LINK
NOV 22, 2018 - 06:00 PM