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Italeri M24 Chaffee

M24 Chaffee – Italeri – Nr. 6502 – 1:35

The Chaffee was the last American light tank of WW2. The vehicle was intended as a replacement for the M5 Stuart. The design departed quite a lot from those of earlier light tanks. Twin Cadillac engines and Hydramatic transmission enabled the vehicle to achieve high speeds, while torsion-bar suspension granted it good cross-country capabilities.

A new lightweight 75mm gun packed decent firepower into the tank’s turret which, coupled with its low silhouette, was a nice advantage for a light tank. The M24 was used during the later part of World War II and in several post-war conflicts, from the Korean War to the First Indochina War.

  • Skill Level:Intermediate
  • Instruction manual illustrated ( See the PDF here )
  • Type: Tank
  • Country: US
  • Scale: 1:35
  • Skill Level: 3
  • Model Length: 6.3 in (161 mm)
  • Suitable for ages 14 and older
  • MSRP: $34.99
  • Street Price: $25.95 (approx)

Italeri first release of this kit was on 1986 by the number 244! Now we have 4 different released, this is the third, number 6502,and World of Tank online game is the fourth, not to mention a rebox of this kit from Tamiya as well.

The kit include a series of upgrades, like a metal gun barrel, revised moulds, new sprockets wheels, and the T72E1 Steel tracks for early versions moulded in separate plastic link by link.

Decals for:

  • 1 vehicle option, U.S.Army, 1st Armoured Division, Italy, April 1945
  • 1 vehicle option , U.S.Army, 3rd Infantry Division, Korea, 1951
  • 1 vehicle option, U.S.Army, 752nd Tank Batallion, Italy, April 1945
  • 1 vehicle option, French Army, Indochina, 1953

This kit was built between two weeks, I added some soldering lines on the turret using plastic melted by using Tamiya thin glue, Silver dots from Sticko for the headlights, and wire for the antenna and that its, everything else is straight from the box. The kit was painted using the Modulation basic set for olive drab from Ammo of Mig Jimenez, and the markings I choose are for the Korean War.

Highly Recommended!
My sincere thanks to Hobbico for the review sample.


Pedro Negron
Pedro Negron

Started with modeling kits at age of 7 with the Monogram Missouri, continue at age of 12 with the Testor F-14 and many other kits until University, work and marriage put at stop at it. Now I’m back working with kits since 2010, and dealing with every type from Tanks to Scifi, and experimenting a lot with the paintings and weathering looking to achieve life-like models.