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#1 Gromit801

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Posted 12 April 2011 - 11:38 PM

This horridly painted Stuart is sitting in front of JC Paper in Stockton CA.

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#2 brndirt1

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Posted 12 April 2011 - 11:46 PM

At least it isn't sitting there rusting away completely from lack of paint, no matter how poorly chosen as per color.
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Posted 13 April 2011 - 03:57 AM

They should be shot at sunrise for this atrocity. :headbash:
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Posted 13 April 2011 - 04:01 AM

What the hell is that thing doing in Stockton?

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Posted 13 April 2011 - 04:14 AM

it looks in running order too?
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Posted 13 April 2011 - 06:33 AM

Can't be worse than the M1 helmet I saw last week with the peace symbol and flowers painted on it .No, it was not a Nam helmet, but some cr.p painted by a hippy demonstrator from the 60s.

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Posted 13 April 2011 - 08:35 AM

STOCKTON M5A1 Stuart USA out Business park near fairgrounds

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GE coords: N37 56.643 W121 16.088
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Zooming into Streetview gives a nice clear shot of it.

I see it's parked outside 'Capital Rubber' - Idle speculation, but I wonder if they've done some work on trackpads or similar.

I'm with Clint - at least it's preserved and not completely neglected - Their tank, so they can paint it any colour they like.
(And having seen some recent shots of M5s on display in Normandy - there are worse colour schemes out there... )
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Posted 13 April 2011 - 01:51 PM

http://www.afvregister.org/pres.aspx
GE coords: N37 56.643 W121 16.088
N37 56.643 W121 16.088 - Google Maps
Zooming into Streetview gives a nice clear shot of it.

I see it's parked outside 'Capital Rubber' - Idle speculation, but I wonder if they've done some work on trackpads or similar.

I'm with Clint - at least it's preserved and not completely neglected - Their tank, so they can paint it any colour they like.
(And having seen some recent shots of M5s on display in Normandy - there are worse colour schemes out there... )


I am suprised you don't have link showing how much fuel it has.

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Posted 13 April 2011 - 03:09 PM

Art, folks, is what we say it is | Recordnet.com

painted red, white and blue for the bicentennial.

Seems plausible.
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Posted 13 April 2011 - 05:05 PM

It's owned by Capital Rubber (JC Paper is in the same building), and the guy just likes having a tank. The rubber pads are rotting away on the tracks. He's been approached several times by collectors, and he won't part with it. The paint scheme, is anyone's guess. It's in too good a shape to have been painted 35 years ago. The worn off paint on the barrel if from kids swinging on it.

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Posted 11 February 2014 - 06:31 AM

Its like people don't have a use for Khaki green anymore (well, us and the Army).



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Posted 11 February 2014 - 08:46 AM

At least, when I last saw a Stuart Mk III "Honey" tank at Latrun, they had got the colours right !

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Posted 11 February 2014 - 08:54 AM

I find it less annoying than the Sherman in Ortona which is the wrong type to what the depicted unit had.

At least this Stuart is being anythingelse except Patriotic.



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Posted 23 March 2014 - 08:19 PM

We should be happy that however sad shape that it may look it is not so bad as it has not been cut up and turned into razor blades like so many other great pieces of military history have been.  Keep chipping on the gentleman, maybe someday he will see that it is a treasure and will fix it up.  Heck he could only double his investment if he did.  Cheers.



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Posted 11 July 2014 - 11:27 PM

Well, at least it seems to be in good condition, though.


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Posted 18 July 2014 - 10:57 PM

Many years ago a gentleman in Mexico City had a De Havilland Mosquito in his backyard.  He refused to accept any of the numerous offers he received for it.  With its wooden construction, it eventually disintegrated and was lost forever.  The Stuart isn't made of wood, so maybe she will outlast her present owner  and pass on to someone who cares enough to restore it. 


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