M3 Stuart Allied Light Tank 1:56 WWII Military Wargaming Plastic Model Kit

M3 Stuart Allied Light Tank 1:56 WWII Military Wargaming Plastic Model Kit

$29.00

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M3 Stuart Allied Light Tank 1:56 WWII Military Wargaming Plastic Model Kit

$29.00

Item Code: 402013002

| Description

The M3 Stuart was a direct upgrade from its predecessor, the M2 light tank, with thicker armor, modified suspension and new recoil system. The M3 Stuart used the 37mm M5 gun (later to be replaced by the new, slightly longer M6 gun) as well as five mounted Browning machine guns.

This was the first U.S. tank to partake in tank-versus-tank combat in World War 2, where a platoon of five Stuarts engaged the Imperial Japanese Army (IJA) 4th Tank Regiment's Type 95 Ha-Go light tanks.

The Stuart stands tall, and was favored by many crews due to its fairly high speed. It was mechanically reliable and obtained the nickname "Honey" due to its smooth ride.

During 1942, the British Army decided to keep their Stuarts away from tank-versus-tank combat and instead use them for reconnaissance. A number of Stuart variations arose, including the Stuart Recce, the Stuart Kangaroo and the Stuart Command. Making a conversion of these is easy with the new plastic Stuart. The Recce had the turret removed in order to achieve an improved speed and range, while the Kangaroo had been converted into an armored personnel carrier.

The M3 proved itself as an effective armored vehicle in jungle environments, where the Japanese infantrymen found themselves under-equipped and lacking anti-tank weaponry. This left them with only one option, which was to rely on close assault tactics. The Stuart was an impressive counter to this, and in this setting was barely any more vulnerable than a medium tank.

Principal service: 1940–43. Numbers manufactured: 5,811.

Principle combatants:

British
American
Soviet
Chinese

Captured and used by:

German
Japanese

This box contains 1 x plastic M3 Light tank with options to use:

5 MMG
Flamethrower
External Fuel tanks
Sand guards
Rounded or plate turret variants

This product is supplied unassembled and unpainted. Glue and paints not included.

Recreate World War II combat on a tabletop using dice, model troops, tanks and the rules constructed by Bolt Action against one or more opponents.

Each opposing side will also require painted model troops, representing the soldiers, guns and tanks of your chosen armies.

Tabletop encounters take place according to twelve closely defined battle scenarios that explain how forces are deployed and how victory is achieved.

All that remains is for players to pit their wits against each other as they enact just one small part of one of the greatest conflicts in history—World War II.

Build, paint and play! The construction and painting of the models and watching them come to life are just as much fun as the game itself!

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y Technical Specification & Detail

Scale 1:56
Age Suitability 14+

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