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M3 Armoured Scout Car
with Canvas Cover


Zvezda, 1/35 scale

S u m m a r y

Catalogue Number: Kit No. 3581
Scale: 1/35
Contents and Media: Injection moulded styrene
Price: USD$19.96
Review Type: FirstLook
Advantages: Still the only M3 Scout Car in town; good new "canvas" hood; nice selection of markings.
Disadvantages: Old sprues are starting to show their age; some cleanup and fit challenges.
Recommendation: 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!


Click 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.

Thanks to Squadron.com for the review sample.

Review Text Copyright 2004 by Steve Palffy
Page Created 01 November, 2004
Last updated 01 November, 2004

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