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
 Tamiya # tam35313
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Tamiya Item # tam35313
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  • Tamiya Product Number: 35313
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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.

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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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"Nice older kit with extra figures"
This is a nice older kit. The level of detail is not up to today's standards, but it builds up nicely. The parts are big enough for young modelers to handle. this one also has the rubber band Tamiya tracks that glue does not like to stick to. I heated and flattened the posts in the tracks after the track ends were joined, as per instructions. Just in case, I put a staple across the join. To install the tracks, I left the side skirts and drive sprocket off until last. I threaded the track around the wheels, and then fit the drive sprocket inside the track. The drive sprocket was pressed into place. This keeps pressure off of the track join and makes it easy to slip the track in place. the skirts were added last. Why only 4 stars? it is an old mold with a bit of flash to trim off.

"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.

"A good kit but not up to modern standards"
A good kit. Not a modern kit and a bit fiddly at times. A good kit for the price. A set of aftermarket tracks is recommended as the kit supplied ones are wrong. The end connectors do not connect each track links. Otherwise a nice little, quick kit that looks good in the end.


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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