Modeling the U.S. Army in WWII
Modeling the U.S. Army in WWII

M3A1 of the 23rd Engineers, 3rd Armored Division, in Dueren, Germany, February 1945.
M3A1 built by the author for his Hurtgen Forest diorama.

After more than 70 years, the Second World War continues to be the most popular subject for scale modelers. German subjects continue to dominate the market and many modelers’ interests. But recently there has been a modest increase in attention to Allied armored fighting vehicles (AFVs) and figures, with U.S. tanks, softskins (jeeps and trucks) and soldiers leading the way.

As a modeler, my focus is on the U.S. Army soldiers and vehicles that fought in Europe during WWII and how to recreate them in 1/35 scale. To help promote the modeling of American armor and soldiers of this era, I've created this site to share information and discuss historical features as they pertain to model kits in the market today. This site is designed to assist people new to the hobby or American AFVs, as well as those more experienced modelers who’ve tired of “everything German” and are seeking a taste of olive drab.

This is not the definitive word on the subject, of course, and this site will continue to be a work-in-progress. I hope you will find it informative and helpful in your modeling projects. And if you have any comments or information to share, please hit the Feedback button and drop me an e-mail.

Tim Streeter

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AMPS International Convention
Fredericksburg, Virginia
April 3-5, 2014

Tamiya's M3A2 is a prototype that never went into production. It can be easily modified to an M3 or M3A1.
Construction of the author's M3A1; in background is kit built in 1991.

Logo Credit: Logo created by Timothy S. Streeter based on Ron Volstad's artwork for DML's "US. 101st Airborne, Bastogne 1944," used with permission of the artist.

Photo Credits: Photos of models, vehicles and re-enactors by Timothy S. Streeter © 2002-2006 unless otherwise noted. All rights reserved. Black and white historical photographs come from the U.S. Army, the U.S. Signal Corps, and/or the United States National Archives. Product names, artwork and trademarks are the property of their respective owners and are used here in an editorial context without intent of infringement.

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