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Academy 1/35 U.S. M3A1 Stuart Light Tank ACA13269
The M3 Stuart was an American light tank delivered to British forces by the US Government during WWII, before the Americans officially entered the war. Subsequently it was deployed by the Allies until the capitulation of Germany.
"Stuart" was a nickname given in reference to James Stuart, an American Confederate States Army general of the Civil War. Compared to the previous Light Tank M2, the Stuart had an improved suspension, better gun recoil mechanism and thicker armour, unusual for a light tank. The vehicle was armed with a 37mm M5 gun (which was later replaced with a longer M6 version) and several Browning machine guns. The tank production lasted from 1941 to 1943.
The M3A1 was an American variant of the Stuart, also referred to as the Stuart III. Its production started in 1942 and within the following year over 4,000 units were built. The M3A1 featured a redesigned turret with a turret basket and no cupola. Machine guns were excluded from the design, however a gun stabilizer was installed for better aiming.
- 732 parts
- Upper hull, lower hull and turret
- Individual track links
- Rubber-band track sets
- Fibre cord
- Decal sheet
- M3A1 Stuart, US Army (1775-Now), 3 Platoon, company C 1 Armoured Battalion, 1 Armoured Division, World War II, Tunisia TN, December 1942, olive drab
- M3A1 Stuart, US Marine Corps (1798-Now), 3 Marine Tank Battalion Painintheass, World War II, Bouganville, November 1942, olive drab
- M3A1 Stuart, US Marine Corps (1798-Now), 3 Marine Tank Battalion The Pay Off, Bouganville, November 1942, olive drab
- M3A1 Stuart, SU Military Soviet Army, World War II, 1943
- M3A1 Stuart, SU Military Soviet Army, World War II, Voronez (summer), 1942