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Italeri M3A1 Scout Car 1:35th Ref 231
Before the arrival of Hobbyboss' 1:35th M3 Scout Car, the Italeri model (Ref: 231) & its derivatives were the only option.

We built it years ago when we were still finding our feet in this hobby. It stands out as the first time we tried out something new, namely aftermarket stowage & dry transfers.

One of the most enjoyable aspects of this kit is not only the simple hassle-free assembly but the display potential. Any open-top vehicle allows the modeller to personalise its interior space & add all those little touches of reality.

So despite the age, the kit built up well enough allowing us to quickly move to the painting stage & then to get accessorising. The crew compartment received a selection of aftermarket items, notably a Verlinden Productions radio plus a whole host of other little extras.

Outside, bags & packs were added. Here once more we turned to Verlinden resin items but also Italeri left-overs from the spares box plus some rolls made from tissue paper.

On the front wing we fashioned a camo net from bandage soaked in white glue.

The final touch was to hitch up a Jeep trailer to give the vehicle an unconventional look. The trailer was appropriately stocked with resin boxes & crates.

This left us to decorate with Verlinden dry transfers for the stars & traffic warning message.

As regards crewing the vehicle, the intention was to place the M3 model in a liberation scene, so we custom-built some figures using a mixture of pieces from the spares bin & that was it. Never did get around to making that diorama though!

Italeri M3A1 Scout Car 1:35th Ref 231
Italeri M3A1 Scout Car 1:35th Ref 231
Italeri M3A1 Scout Car 1:35th Ref 231
Italeri M3A1 Scout Car 1:35th Ref 231
Italeri M3A1 Scout Car 1:35th Ref 231
Italeri M3A1 Scout Car 1:35th Ref 231
Italeri M3A1 Scout Car 1:35th Ref 231
Italeri M3A1 Scout Car 1:35th Ref 231
Italeri M3A1 Scout Car 1:35th Ref 231
Italeri M3A1 Scout Car 1:35th Ref 231
Italeri M3A1 Scout Car 1:35th Ref 231
Italeri M3A1 Scout Car 1:35th Ref 231
Italeri M3A1 Scout Car 1:35th Ref 231
Italeri M3A1 Scout Car 1:35th Ref 231
Italeri M3A1 Scout Car 1:35th Ref 231
Italeri M3A1 Scout Car 1:35th Ref 231
Italeri M3A1 Scout Car 1:35th Ref 231
Italeri M3A1 Scout Car 1:35th Ref 231
Italeri M3A1 Scout Car 1:35th Ref 231
Italeri M3A1 Scout Car 1:35th Ref 231
Italeri M3A1 Scout Car 1:35th Ref 231
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