M3 Stuart "Honey"
Valentin E. Bueno
M3 Stuart "Honey"
1/35 scale M3A1 is available online from
Here are some photos of my
detailed and corrected 1/35 scale Academy M3 Honey in US markings.
On this kit I rearranged the
interior to correctly represent the earlier Honey non-turret basket
arrangement. The idler mount was hollowed out and rebuilt, and old Tamiya
Wheels were used in place of the kit wheels.
All the vision slots had
protectors built behind them and the 37mm gun was backdated to the earlier
M5 37mm gun system.
The kit represents the M6
37mm gun system.
The figures are from
Warriors and the Dog came from a set of Dogs I picked up at Leonardo's in
Markings and Weathering
entire lower hull and running gear were painted Polly S "Dirt" and the
upper hull with Polly S USMC Olive Drab. The kit markings were used and I
added star to the engine deck just to be perverse.
A filter of dirty thinner
darkened the corners and toned down the brightness of the white stars.
Dust was added using
The white background photos
were shot on a light table with a sheet of Vellum paper used as a
black background photos were taken on two pieces of black foam core board
with the vertical piece held at an angle so that the surface was in
shadow, thus giving me the blackest black I could get. Almost total
absence of color and light.
The weird looking pictures
were taken with a 180 degree fisheye lens held against the front of my
Canon Digital Elph S110 (IXUS in Europe and Japan).
A full three part build article is being posted to the IPMS-Hawaii
newsletters starting with this the February edition
http://ipmshawaii.tripod.com/nl/nl022503/nl022503.htm which shows how
much of the running gear needed to be fixed up.
The March issue will deal
with the interior and I finish up in April with painting and markings.