US Light Tank M5A1 w/4 Figures

This is the 1/35 scale US Light Tank M5A1 "Pursuit Operations" Set plastic model kit from Tamiya. For ages 14 years and up.

Tamiya US Light Tank M5A1 w/4 Figures Plastic Model Military Vehicle Kit 1/35 Scale #35313
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  • Tamiya Product Number: 35313
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"Diorama Fun"
This kit meets all of Tamiya quality. PRO'S: Easy to follow instructions. Decals went on good for the 3rd & 2nd armor divisions. Since this is a older kit by Tamiya it still leaves you some different options. You can leave the hedge cutters off (c-4) and install two tow eyes instead. The instruction do not mention this. But you will find them on a extra tree with a .50 cal. machine gun. My research also showed the tank with out the sand skits a lot. If you leave them off you can skip the instructions in step 3 of removing them off of parts b-17.If you leave off the .30 cal. machine gun storage of the turret. You will have a early version. They give you 2 sand bags for extra detail. I also add a tarp roll from my extra part's box. Single piece rubber tracks. Going to use this tank along with the 4 figure mortar team in a diorama. CON'S: I had a difficult time installing the upper hull to the lower hull. Just take your time and it will fall in place. Nice kit for a beginner. Plan on buying it again and leaving off the hedge cutter, sand skirts and gun storage.

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  • Highly detailed plastic pieces molded in olive drab.
  • Includes (4) figures.
  • Accurately reproduced form including compact turret.
  • Bogey type suspension faithfully remodeled.
  • Realistic weld and bolt details.
  • Comes with accessories such as mortar, portable radio, helmet canteen, M1A1 Submachine gun, holster and tools.
  • Waterslide decals with 2 types of markings.
  • This is a Re-release of item 35097 1/35 scale U.S. Light Tank M5A1.
  • Illustrated instructions with paint/marking guide included.


  • Tamiya Product Number: 35313


(1) /35 scale US Light Tank M5A1 "Pursuit Operations" Set

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"M5A1 Stuart (Tamiya)"
This kit is similar to the Tamiya Panzer II (DAK) and the SDKFZ 251 kits. When you open it there's about four trees and it's a VERY straight forward kit. The pieces all fit together with minimal trimming or shaving. However, if you ware wanting to make a representation minus the side skirt armor, you will need to shave down two portions of the lower hull. I'm hoping to get pictures up loaded soon showing what I'm saying and save everyone the heart ache of explaining. Over all, an excellent kit and the potential is limitless given the amount of extras you can buy in the way of stowage and figure sets.

"Good, but not usual Tamiya"
The Tamiya M5A1 Tank kit was, overall, a good kit. In fact, normally I would give it a 5 star because the fit was great, instructions were clear, and overall it looks good. However, I gave it only 4 stars because there was a lot of trimming required to get rid of molding and clean up edges, something that I've never experienced with Tamiya before. This extra work wasn't a problem, but like I said, not what I'm used to from Tamiya products.

This tank was very fun to build. It contained all the pieces necessary and I was satisfied with the end result. The extra figures was also an awesome bonus! The only problem i found was when I was mounting the upper body to the hull. It took some work and multiple tries but I would recommend this tank especially to beginners.


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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