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US Light Tank M24 Chaffee

This is the 1/35 Scale US Light Tank M24 Chaffee Plastic Model Kit from Tamiya. Suitable for Ages 14 & Older.

Tamiya US Light Tank M24 Chaffee Plastic Model Military Vehicle Kit 1/35 Scale #37020
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  • Scale: 1/35
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"Great detail"
BlucherFamily (Overland Park, KS)
Typical of Tamiya, this product has superior detail. The instructions are clear and the build smooth with everything fitting together perfectly and no appreciable clean up required. The result, is a great build that produces a very realistic result. A great addition to any collection of WWII armor.

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  • Highly detailed plastic pieces molded in olive green and gray.
  • Precision metal gun barrel.
  • Assembly-type WWII tracks with single-piece straight sections.
  • Turret has newly added WWII antenna base parts and weld lines.
  • Accessories include M2, ammunition boxes, bags, folded sheet and jerry cans.
  • 1 commander torso figure.
  • Waterslide decals.
  • Illustrated instruction.


  • Scale: 1/35


One plastic model

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  • Assembly
  • Hobby knife (RMXR6909)
  • Cement for plastics (TESR3512)
  • Sprue cutters (HCAR0630)
  • Paint (Olive Drab, Black, Red, Gunmetal, Aluminum, Flat White, Flat Flesh, Khaki, Flat Earth, Buff, Dark Yellow, Red Brown, Dark Iron, Rubber Black)
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"Excellent kit of American light tank with lots of extras included"
rockykeele (Tucson, AZ)
This boxing of the M24 is another joint effort by Tamiya and Italeri. The original molds are Italeri, but Tamiya has added extra parts to make this a very nice and well detailed model. Tamiya adds a turned metal main gun barrel and link and length tracks as well as several sprues of extra stowage and gear such as ammo boxes, fuel and water cans, fuel barrels, several styles of kit bags, machine gun tripods, etc. The kit also comes with a single half figure of the tank commander. There are markings for 2 US tanks in WWII. Construction was typical and simple. Two areas required extra care for me. The first was the removal of most of the plastic main gun barrel. This was simplified by scoring provided on the inside indicating where to cut and remove material. The turned metal barrel fit nicely once the plastic was cut away. The second area of concern was the attachment of the road wheels. As Tamiya often does, the instructions have you trap a vinyl insert in between the inner and outer road wheels, and then slip this insert over the axles. The inserts on my copy must have been too small, as I could not get them to slide over the smaller outer axles. The axles themselves are somewhat fragile, and fearing that I would break them, I eventually cut the smaller outer section of axle off. The road wheels fit fine after that. The main gun breech is included, but it will be impossible to see if you use the commander figure. I also really like the link and length tracks that Tamiya has been putting in some of their newer releases. They are a bit more work to assemble, but I think they look much better than the old rubber band style tracks. The few decals (three stars and two turret numbers) went down fine with a little help from microset solution. There are several parts that are not used for this version of the tank - a set of small side skirts and a rear equipment shelf. Overall, this is a very nice kit with lots of details that any builder can easily pull off. Highly recommended, especially for WWII and US armor enthusiasts.

"Extra's Helped"
I will follow up with Rockykeele review. I agree with almost every thing he said. The metal gun barrel and extra parts added by Tamiya helped make this kit a winner. His problems with the road wheels can be avoided by putting tape on the suspension where the wheels slide into. The paint build up causes problems sliding the wheels onto the suspension. I did have problems with the track pieces at first. This was due to the fact that my liquid glue was old and not working properly. So I started using a new bottle and the problem went away. I don't mind the individual tracks but prefer the rubber type myself. Over all the kit is excellent and would recommend it to anybody.


  • One decal sheet with markings for 2 versions
  • 1) 81st Cavalry Reconnaissance Squadron, 1st Amored Division, Italy, April 1945
  • 2) Unit unknown, Germany, January 1945


Due to small parts that could cause a choking hazard please kee away from children 3 years of age and younger.

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