Building an accurate model for these was a bit tricky. There are very few pictures of actual turretless Stuarts. I could only find a few blurry shots from behind and things like that. According to R Mark Davies on the Flames of War forum, British Armoured Division would have started with Stuart Vs in Normandy and then would have received Stuart VIs (American M5A1) to replace losses throughout the campaign. As this force represents a Market Garden force and as the 11th. AD had a 300% turn over in tanks I decided to model them with 1 Stuart V and 3 Stuart VIs. You can tell the Stuart VIs as the back of the engine deck is raised (note that the M5A1 is only available as an American model with the .30 calibre machine gun and American crew).
-4 Stuart tanks (3 M5A1 and 1 Stuart V)
-4 Open Fire .50 calibre machine guns
-4 Open Fire Allied tank crew
-16 small magnets
|Stuart with turret and without.|
I then cleaned up the crew and drilled another hole into the bottom of the crew and glued a magnet in. I countersunk another magnet into the back of the turret hole. I superglued all of the magnets in place and was careful to make sure the polarities were consistent. I used plastic guns and crew as they are easier to drill and the guns are a bit more durable.
|Stuart V, note the flat engine deck.|
Hopefully this can help out others who are thinking about building some turretless Stuart jalopies. Special thanks to R Mark Davies, silversniper, and Pyrrhic Victory who helped me out with questions and posted pictures of their models. Thanks for visiting!