Author Topic: Completed Physical Models  (Read 1722 times)

Offline The Big Gimper

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Completed Physical Models
« on: November 30, 2016, 09:22:04 PM »
Place holder for your finished physical Models
« Last Edit: December 01, 2016, 10:10:21 AM by The Big Gimper »
Work in progress ::

I am giving up listing them. They all end up on the shelf of procrastination anyways.

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Offline Artoor_K

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Re: Completed Physical Models
« Reply #1 on: January 07, 2017, 06:46:26 PM »
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It takes a bit of dark to rekindle the fire burning in you
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Offline Crbad

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Re: Completed Physical Models
« Reply #2 on: February 12, 2017, 06:28:52 AM »
I finished with my alternate 'Team Yankee' build. I actually got the models done before the extension, but I got lazy and procrastinated. First pic is all three completed models.<iframe width="480" height="360" src="http://s86.photobucket.com/user/crbad19/embed/story"></iframe>

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Offline Crbad

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Re: Completed Physical Models
« Reply #3 on: February 12, 2017, 06:37:58 AM »
I'm telling you there's something about Photobucket and me that just doesn't mix.
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Offline Volkodav

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Re: Completed Physical Models
« Reply #4 on: February 12, 2017, 10:46:29 AM »
Only two up and I'm already stumped who to vote for! :o

Offline Claymore

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Re: Completed Physical Models
« Reply #5 on: February 12, 2017, 10:03:54 PM »
M60A4 Avenger

The M60A2 with its narrow profile turret and M48 152-mm gun/launcher entered service with the US Army in 1972. The large calibre gun capable of firing high explosive for infantry support and the MGM-51 Shillelagh guided missile for long-range anti-tank engagements mounted on the standard M60 hull seemed like a winning combination. However, the Shillelagh missile never lived up to expectation and to make matters worse, when the 152mm gun was fired, the excessive blast and recoil tended to throw the sensitive missile tracking optics and electronics out of alignment. No solution could be found to the conundrum and by 1981 the M60A2 had been withdrawn from frontline service.

In the late 1970s, when it was becoming obvious that the writing was on the wall for the M60A2, plans were drawn up to have the majority of the redundant vehicles stripped of their turrets and converted into the US Army’s now standard M60A3 Main Battle Tank (MBT).  However, at the same time a number of unique projects were considered to take advantage of the impending surplus of vehicles. One such project was the M60A4 Avenger.

Having witnessed the Israeli Defence Force’s (IDF) Magach 5 Avenger, itself a combination of M48 hull, M60A2 turret and the 7-barrelled, 30mm, GAU-8 rotary-cannon, in the escort role, there was interest in certain quarters for the US Army to have a similar capability.  The M60A2’s narrow profile ‘Starship’ turret was duly converted to accept the impressive bulk of the GAU-8 and its ammunition feed system.  It is worthy of note that the US Army decided to follow the IDF’s lead in mounting the GAU-8 in the same linear configuration as was intended for its installation into the A-10 Thunderbolt II; fortuitously, the M60A2 turret lent itself to this design.

The end result was an elegant, yet brutal looking vehicle that promised much. 

Whilst the initial trials conducted at Fort Knox confirmed the hopes of many and inspired all who saw it in action, particularly the infantry, they also highlighted some noticeable shortcomings and doctrinal failings.  With each 1 second burst capable of firing 35 x 30mm rounds down range, the M60A4 Avenger was extremely adept at chewing up soft-skin and light armoured vehicles, not to mention buildings and infantry defensive positions.  Not entirely surprisingly, its ability against any heavily armoured vehicle was less assured and whilst capable of inflicting mobility or sensor kills, just did not have the punch in its 30mm rounds to defeat the frontal armour of most modern MBTs.  With no long-range anti-tank capability the Avenger was at a disadvantage.  It also became apparent that in its escort role, and the urban escort role in particular, the GAU-8 was just too big for the job.  Smaller weapon systems, such as the 20mm M61 Vulcan rotary-cannon, were just as capable, were more easily mounted and could carry more ammunition.  It was further argued that a vehicle mounting the small cannon would allow for a complimentary long-range missile system to be added. 

There have been very few armoured vehicles produced that have been quite so impressive when firing on the range as the M60A4 Avenger and yet so perplexing as to how it might be employed.  Of the 20 vehicles produced, all remained with the school of armour at Fort Knox waiting for a doctrinal or tactical evolution that never came to pass before eventually being retired form service in 1988.  The last 2 surviving vehicles can be found at Fort Benning and the Aberdeen Proving Ground Museum.

The model depicts M60A4 Avenger, callsign 41, as it appeared at the end of the initial trials at Fort Knox in the summer of 1979 and is constructed from an Academy M60A2 and various scratch built parts.









« Last Edit: February 21, 2017, 04:30:47 AM by Claymore »
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Offline Brian da Basher

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Re: Completed Physical Models
« Reply #6 on: February 15, 2017, 07:01:15 AM »
Here's a few pics of my Jet Six Shooter:









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Offline kerick

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Re: Completed Physical Models
« Reply #7 on: February 15, 2017, 10:38:07 AM »
I'm telling you there's something about Photobucket and me that just doesn't mix.


That's why I moved to flickr!

So much awesome work here!

Offline taiidantomcat

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Re: Completed Physical Models
« Reply #8 on: February 21, 2017, 03:49:46 AM »
I'm telling you there's something about Photobucket and me that just doesn't mix.


That's why I moved to flickr!

So much awesome work here!

Moved to Flickr in 2012. Dont miss teh busket at all.  :)
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