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  1. The M48 was officially named Patton in the presence of his widow. The M47 never had a name but is also often mistakenly called Patton.
  2. However, @JackG fails to mention how easy it is to lose your sanity with Bronco tracks. With 5 pieces per link there are over 400 pieces and 800 sprue attachments per side: double for the complete vehicle. I bought a stack of them for all of my VVSS M4 projects but after giving up on the first set I bit the bullet and splashed out on Masterclubs. The Miniart T41s are a little easier than Bronco but not appropriate for this project. Same with RFM's T62s.
  3. Very nice indeed. The M46 was a Pershing, not a Patton. M26 with a new engine. M48 was the first Patton.
  4. Looks pretty damn good to me. Notably you've shown the bright wear on the roadwheel rims and outer edges of the guide horns which many people miss on M3/M4 vehicles (but you missed the idler rims!)
  5. The brackets across the bustle top were for spare antenna elements, which came in a canvas bag. There are "footman loops" at mid length for the securing strap. Spare M2 MG barrels are occasionally seen stowed there but most often they are empty.
  6. All please note the date of the linked article: 2013 - almost a decade ago. Yes, this was tried. I was working in MOD at the time, in the Protected Mobility team that introduced Foxhound and other platforms to service. It was tried. It did not work. It was insufficiently durable in use, It was not adopted. It is not in use. It was never in use. Vehicles are now gradually being repainted, and new vehicles have for some years procured, in a green colour which has been the subject of much debate itself. The colour used on vehicles in Iraq and Afghanistan and still running around today is without question Light Stone BS361. I see them every day still. And that was the colour we specified when I worked in that area and the desired colour when we were looking at changing other equipment colours to blend more with the then-new MTP uniforms. Weapon furniture, holsters etc etc. Although a colour called Coyote Tan from some suppliers was a close match. Do not start painting your British Army vehicles in the Iraq and Afghanistan era any kind of "army brown". Light Stone has a brownish tint and in the right - or wrong - light it can appear to be a darker brown. But it is not. Let's not degenerate into arguments about one model being seen in bright sunlight and another on a gloomy day so their colours look different. And what we all see on our own multiple brands and technologies of monitors with our own preferred settings connected to different graphics cards by different interface standards with our own individual eyesight colour perception and perhaps corrective lenses will be different. And that's before you factor in imagery differences.
  7. Because that is what was photographed and therefore definitive and not speculative. The M41 story is that the initial shipment only got as far as depots in Japan before the cease-fire. I'm sure they made it to S Korea thereafter, and M47s too, when the US began stationing garrison forces in S Korea. And perhaps this is the source of confusion. Just about every type of US service equipment will have been in S Korea at some point after the cease-fire. There may well be pictures of them in Korea, but when? We see pictures of Tortoises and A41 Centurions in Germany shortly after the end of the war but we do not claim that makes them present during the war. Did everything in Vietnam carry the white star? The M41 was certainly deployed to Vietnam with US and ARVN forces. There are many photos: white stars notably absent. The M114 was there for a short time with US forces, but was withdrawn by the end of 1964 in favour of the M113. So it was only there for a few months, and that would have been the original M114 and not the M114A1 with the commander's cupola. The M114 proved to be mechanically unreliable and underpowered with poor cross country performance and very poor survivability - especially against mine strikes. However, ARVN did continue to operate the M114 after the US withdrew it. I think they had about 80 of them. I think you're on a hiding to nothing with the M59 in Vietnam. The M113 was in service almost 4 years before US combat forces were deployed to Vietnam and only about a year after the US sent its first "advisers". It wasn't even worthy of giving to ARVN! By the time that US forces were sent the diesel M113A1 had supplanted the petrol M113 in front-line units.
  8. Coincidentally this just came up over on Missing Lynx........ https://www.tapatalk.com/groups/missinglynx/some-interesting-tyre-photos-via-the-nz-national-a-t332544.html#p1681338
  9. That colour is officially Light Stone BS361. It is best described as a brownish sand. And it is hardly new: it's been in use since the 1st Gulf War in 1990, over 30 years ago. Vallejo and Xtracrylix both offer alleged matches, XA1313 and 71.143 respectively. Online colour swatches are subject to many variables and are only ever indicative.
  10. Yes it certainly did. And road-pattern tyres were often used on UK home service vehicles where off-road use was not required: ambulances, for example, or garrison trucks. This came up in the context of Leyland Retrievers a while back and in a quick surf I found 7 different styles of tyre in use, often with different types on the same vehicle and different types on the same twin rear wheels. Perhaps your biggest issue in 1/35 is finding those different patterns in kits or after-market parts. After-market suppliers often choose different patterns from each other or within their own ranges.
  11. Possible useful contacts here. http://www.crossley-motors.org.uk/contacts/contacts.html
  12. As ever, your workmanship and attention to detail leaves me amazed and trailing in your dust. Some things to think about on the turret, although I imagine you're ahead of that curve already. Dragon didn't make a stellar job of it, as you've seen with the bustle. It's also supposed to be an M4A4 turret (it isn't.....). The 105mm turret had a 2nd top ventilator at the rear just where the bustle weld join is. So there must be a small sub-semi-circular piece welded-in to cover the front portion of the vent opening which would be forward of the bustle weld. Of course this could be a replacement 75mm "high bustle" turret. Large-hatch M4s were all built as 105s. Tiger Model Designs offer a set of M4 ventilators. But they're closing down at Christmas for good unless someone buys the business, so get anything you want from TMD quickly or potentially miss it for ever. No-one took over Tank Workshop when they closed. Photos suggest that 105's had the thickened front right turret cheek, which would be normal for the D78461 turret shell on which the 105 variant was based. A 75mm version of this turret would certainly have had the thickened cheek too. More card, Milliput and sanding...... Later M4(105)s gained the all-round vision cupola, although IDF nicked many of these from M4s to fit to M48s and put the split hatch back. The step around the base of the turret is seen but is less than usual. Turrets cast with the base rim out of tolerance were machined to tolerance, often leaving a step. This could be yet more plastic card, filler and sanding...... I like your side grab handles. Making me think I might have to replace/improve mine on my M4A4T version which is lurking in the shadows of the Shelf of Stasis. I should have done more work on my M50 bustles too......... Fortunately I hung stowage on the rails - hides multiple sins! For the little tie-downs for tools etc I happened across a pack of brass ones from Voyager a while back. Make a simple bending jig from 2 pieces of plastic strip and they are dead easy. Press them down over the jig with tweezers, pick them up, dab of glue on each end and place. But more recently I've happened across the 3D printed tool straps from MJ Productions. These have the tie-down loops, straps and buckles printed in one piece. They can be slipped over the end of e.g. pick helves or crowbars but for things like spade or axe handles you can just snip the bottom and spring them over. MJ also do a full 3D Sherman detail set with all tool fittings, light guards, cable clamps etc. But it's about £20. That being said, some etched sets will run you £15+ and tax your sanity somewhat more. There is also a light guard set which works out at about £4 per vehicle. FC Modeltrend also a similar Sherman detail set and light guards. I haven't seen these and their reputation is mixed but getting better: MiG Ammo is re-packaging some of their products.
  13. You said "offered". Do I presume the Chinese did not buy? I know they did purchase some CV33/35 from Italy.
  14. I've just had a look at a China Clipper in my LHS. The edition they have comes with a Value Gear stowage set. I thought £62 to be expensive, but when you pay £14-18 for VG stowage sets separately it isn't actually so bad.
  15. It's a bit late to say this now, but Otters were never finished in OD. With the possible exception of very late production in 1944-45 when it is claimed in some sources that Canada adopted US OD No9 instead of UK SCC15. But whether any finished thus made it across the Atlantic is open to debate. Only about 60% of Otter production left Canada, the remainder being retained for training or manufactured too late to be shipped. The factory to front line pipeline time was at least 3 months, sometimes 5 or 6 depending on convoy timings. Initial production was finished in Khaki Green 3 but very quickly switched to SCC2 in mid-1942 and then officially (but see above) SCC15 in early 1944. In-theatre repaints in NWE of SCC2 vehicles would almost certainly have been SCC15 as that was the paint available through the supply system. US OD was not stocked.
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