M3 Armoured Scout Car
with Canvas Cover
Zvezda, 1/35 scale
u m m a r y
||Kit No. 3581
|Contents and Media:
||Injection moulded styrene
||Still the only M3 Scout Car in town;
good new "canvas" hood; nice selection of markings.
||Old sprues are starting to show
their age; some cleanup and fit challenges.
||Recommended to modellers with a
little patience or fans of wheeled armoured vehicles.
Reviewed by Steve Palffy
Zvezda's 1/35 scale M3 Scout Car will be available online from Squadron.com
Zvezda's 1/35 scale M3 Scout Car is a real
nostalgia trip, being an older kit with the addition of a new canvas
cover - at least I think that the cover is new!
the thumbnails below to view larger images:
The kit itself was originally released by
Peerless Max, then Italeri, and now Zvezda. Despite its old age, this is
still the only kit in town of this important vehicle.
The original sprues are starting to show their
age, but the new canvas cover looks quite good.
As always with styrene representation of fabric,
the key to a convincing result is a thoughtful paint job. I find that
canvas covers look best if they have a slightly different colour, sheen
and tone to the rest of the vehicle.
Nearly 21,000 of the ubiquitous M3 were built,
and they used by just about everyone. The painting and marking potential
is enormous. Indeed, even here in Australia, there was a time when every
town park seemed to have one of these as a combined war memorial and
playground accessory. I haven't seen any for a while though.
Markings in the box include French, US and a
vehicle in captured German markings (of course, we must have German
markings on an Allied vehicle! Now, why can't someone release a captured
Comet or a Char B1?)
A good representation of the M3 Scout car will be
possible with a little effort and perseverance.
Recommended to modellers with a little patience
or fans of wheeled armoured vehicles.
Squadron.com for the review
Review Text Copyright © 2004 by Steve Palffy
Page Created 01 November, 2004
Last updated 01 November, 2004
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