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I've chosen to build a US Light Tank Company with lots of M5 Stuart light tanks!

It has always amazed me that the US Army persisted with light tanks right to the end of the war. Over a quarter of their tanks were M5 Stuart and later M24 Chaffee light tanks. I figure it's time to put some on the table and see what they were on about.

Mike Haught's love of the light task forces that raced across Brittany and the Loire after the breakout from Normandy has inspired my to build a light tank company from a cavalry recon squadron backed up with a platoon of armoured infantry, a platoon of tank destroyers, and some P47 Thunderbolts. They don't have much heavy firepower, but it will be interesting to see how they perform against a variety of opposition.

My first 50 points will be 17 M5 Stuarts and three M8 Scott assault guns for fire support.

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It's been a quiet week for the task force, with lots of training and waiting for promised equipment to arrive. We're now up to full strength and washing off the cosmoline, painting unit markings, rearming and refuelling - well, starting mass production assembly anyway! I managed to get hold of some M4 MMC mortars, so I assembled them while I'm waiting.

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It's been a busy week, so progress is still slow. In line with my mass-production philosophy, I've assembled all of the vehicles for my whole 100-point force, and started painting the M5 Stuarts and M8 HMCs.

 
Following Casey's tip, I've left the tracks off most of the vehicles (I got excited with a few and fully assembled them to see what they look like), and I'm base-coating them separately. Most of the tracks are half-done and a handful of the vehicles have their base coat camouflage and their tracks glued back on ready for the next stages (more on that next week!).
 
I grabbed the camouflage templates that Victor found for the M5 Stuart as the base of my camouflage patterns and I'm trying to follow them as closely as I can. Most of the vehicles were camouflaged in bulk by special depots set up for the job, so I figure that they'll all be the same (American mass production in action again!). One of the interesting features of the template is the way that the central stripe on the right-hand side doesn't match up with anything on the top view. This isn't that uncommon in WWII-era camouflage templates, and the troops doing the work had to work out a solution that sort of matched the template and was physically possible to do on a real vehicle. I went with a literal interpretation of the template with the side strip just stopping at the top of the side rather than wrapping around on to the top of the vehicle.
 
This weekend I hope to get my first 50 points completely base coated, ready for the next stages (fingers crossed!).
 
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