Esci White M3 Scout Car in 1/72 Scale

One of my favourite, if not top of the charts, World War Two vehicles is the White Scout Car. So my quest to find one in plastic kit form in 1/72 scale was an important one. In the whole world there is not one company now that makes this vehicle in plastic kit form. Esci, now Italeri, no longer make this kit, even though i think they do still have pictures of it on their web site. So my quest turned to the internet as usual. Thank you eBay for the seller of this old kit for only about five pounds. I would have paid more for sure as it really seemed to be the only available kit in the known world. So i was a happy chappy when this turned up on my doorstep. I think this kit must have been years old judging by the box, but inside everything was still sealed in its plastic bag. Only the decals were unusable, but that didn’t matter as they were French and Russian anyway.

My Scout Car was going to be Allied/British. The kit build was great, a pleasure to make, all parts fitted nicely and i had no issues. The only thing wrong with this model was the rear axle sits too far forward resulting in the wheels not being central within the wheel arches. This annoyed me enough that i had to cut the rear axle and suspension off the chassis and move it maybe half a millimetre to align the wheels centrally. That was the only problem i found. The kits comes with two machine guns on the back, a 0.50 and 0.30 calibre, one on each side, and some stowage. I added a bit more from my supplies and also added a British driver from AB figures. The decals came from spares. I always base my wheeled vehicles, no one likes a broken axle. The finished scout car was given the usual olive drab treatment with a dark brown wash, highlights, and then some weathering powders. I might add some other crew or commander at some point, we shall see.

I do have a couple of metal and resin versions of the M3, which i may make as a comparison. And the chances of finding another plastic M3 kit are about as good as England winning a game in the Ashes……….

3 thoughts on “Esci White M3 Scout Car in 1/72 Scale

  1. I’m with you all the way on this one! You’ve done a really nice job here!
    I have an admission! I have the same model, but for my Russians! It’s not painted as well as yours, it’s over 28 yeas old (!) and the Humbrol varnish I used to protect it has yellowed a bit with age! But I love it, so thanks for sharing your model!
    John

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    1. Wow so my kit may have been pretty old then. The box did look pretty worn and torn! I am amazed no one has re released a plastic kit of this. I have a resin Whites from Early War Miniatures but its really small and poorly cast I think. Also a Sgts Mess one in metal which looks pretty good and I will build next time.

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