Hobby Master 1/72 Ground Power Series
U.S. M5A1 Stuart Light Tank
E Tank Company
83rd Armored Recon Bttn.
3rd Armored Division
Authentic Detailing
Pre-Painted by professionals
Accurate paint colors
Markings Tampo (pad) applied
Fully Assembled
Die-Cast Model
True to Scale (1:72)
Turret turns
Metal turret and main gun
Realistic tracks
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With the German victories in Europe using mobile firepower the development of light tanks
became a priority. In early 1942 the GMC Cadillac Division developed the M5 series called
the Stuart by the British. By September 1942 the improved M5A1 was developed. Originally
equipped with a .30 caliber anti-aircraft machine gun most tank crews upgraded to the .50
caliber machine gun. In Europe the Stuart proved too ineffective against the larger German
AFV’s making it an easy target. The M5A1 proved adequate in the Pacific against Japanese

The 3rd Armored Division entered combat July 9 1944 and weren’t part of Patton’s 3rd Army.
Often assigned as the lead element earned the 3AD the nickname "Spearhead". They fought
in the Battle of the Bulge, Falaise Gap, Ruhr Pocket and others. The 3AD was the first Allied
unit to enter Germany, to breach the Siegfried Line and first to capture a German town,
Roetgen. There were fifteen U.S. Armored divisions in Europe during WWII and 3AD saw the
most combat, inflicted the most damage and suffered the most casualties.

Specifications for the M5A1 light tank

Number Produced 1942 to 1944 – 6,810

Crew – 4 / Commander, Gunner, Driver, Co-Driver

Powerplant – 2 x Cadillac Series 42 V-8 water-cooled engines, 110 hp per engine
Fuel Capacity – approximately 85 U.S. Gallons
Maximum Speed – 37 mph
Range – 100 miles
Turning Radius – 21 ft

Weight – 16.8 tons

Length – 14 ft 3 in
Width – 7 ft 6 in
Height – 8 ft 5 in

1 x 37 mm M6 main gun with 147 rounds
M6 ammunition – M51B1 and M51B2 A.P.C. (Armor Piercing Capped), M74 A.P. (Armor
Piercing), M63 H.E. (High Explosive)
1 x 7.62 mm (.30 caliber) M1919A5 coaxial machine gun
1 x 7.62 mm (.30 caliber) bow M1919A4 machine gun
Originally 1 x 7.62 mm (.30 caliber) cupola mounted M1919A4 machine gun upgraded in the
field to 12.7 mm (.50 caliber) machine gun with 6,500 machine gun rounds