M5A1 Stuart – 761st Tank Battalion

Brickmania
$210.00
Current Stock:
9
SKU:
BKM2370
Availability:
Preorder
Weight:
2.11 LBS
Shipping:
Calculated at Checkout
Designer:
Mary Wilson
Piece Count:
482 LEGO®, BrickArms®, and Brickmania® elements
Minifigs:
1
Skill Level:
Intermediate (3 of 5)

Expected release date is 2/4/2022

About the M5A1 Stuart – 761st Tank Battalion:

The Stuart line of American light tanks entered combat in 1942 as a part of the North African campaign. For the United States, light tanks were designed to work in conjunction with infantry to provide advanced scouting and close support. The M5A1 was updated over the original M3 Stuart. This version used two Cadillac engines instead of the aircraft engine on the previous model. A redesigned hull improved protection and created more space for its crew. The M5 Stuart still used its predecessor’s 37mm main gun along with three coaxial Browning M1919 .30 caliber machine guns. Though the main gun was underpowered when up against German tanks, in the Pacific the Stuart was an even match against Japanese armor.

The 761st Tank Battalion, known as the “Black Panthers,” was a racially segregated unit that was founded at Camp Claiborne in Louisiana and spent the war fighting in Europe. They came ashore Omaha Beach on October 10, 1944, and moved into Belgium as part of General Patton’s army. The Black Panthers saw their first action on November 7, 1944, at the German-held town of Morville-les-Vic. Led by African American Capt. John Long, the battle of Morville-les-Vic proved to be an inferno. Capt. Long said of his men, “…my men were tigers, they fought like seasoned veterans.” The 761st spearheaded many of Patton’s assaults and were among the first units to link with their Soviet Allies as the war in Europe concluded.

Specifications:

Crew: 4
Armament: 37mm M6 gun, 3x 7.62 machine guns
Speed: 37 mph (60 km/h)
Range: 100 mi (161 km)

M5A1 Stuart – 761st Tank Battalion

Additional information about this Brickmania® custom building kit:

This epic build for February 2022’s Black Heritage theme features a custom 761st tanker minifig with a new 3D printed tanker helmet and all printed kit details, including turret stars, unit markings, gears, front hatches, and more. Play features include a rotating turret, opening top hatch, and turret mounted BrickArms.

Model Statistics:

Designed by Mary Wilson
482 LEGO®, BrickArms®, and Brickmania® elements
1x custom minifig
Custom printed elements
Full-color printed building instructions
1/35th scale to match other Brickmania kits
Intermediate Skill Level (4-6 years building experience recommended)

All Brickmania® model kits are made of new-condition LEGO® bricks. This model comes disassembled and includes complete printed building instructions. This is a limited-edition kit and production may be discontinued at any time.

This is not a LEGO® Product. LEGO and the LEGO minifigure are trademarks of the LEGO Group, which does not sponsor, authorize or endorse this product. The LEGO Group is not liable for any loss, injury or damage arising from the use or misuse of this product.