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Modelling the M3/M5 Stuart Light Tank

Modelling the M3/M5 Stuart Light Tank Book Review

By Michael Benolkin

Date of Review April 2004 Title Modelling the M3/M5 Stuart Light Tank
Author Steven Zaloga Publisher Osprey Publishing
Published 2004 ISBN 1-84176-763-8
Format 82 pages, softbound MSRP (USD) $17.95


I don't know if you spotted the first two books in Osprey's Modelling series that we reviewed over the last few months, but these titles are very nicely done!

In this new title, author and modeler Steven Zaloga walks us through the M3 and M5 Stuart light tanks. Starting with the Academy, AFV Club and Tamiya kits, he starts off with building standard versions of the Stuart, then in later chapters, covers the conversions needed to render other versions as well as modeling other combat vehicles that were based upon the Stuart chassis.

Each chapter is nicely illustrated with color photography illustrating the key steps and/or conversions required to achieve a particular variant. There is also a good mix of photos of details from the actual combat vehicles being modeled to illustrate how a particular area is supposed to look.

Armor modelers will want to add this to their shelves as this title will help you transform the existing kits of the Stuart into realistic models. This title is recommended!

My sincere thanks to Motorbooks International for this review sample!