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M1 Abrams Tank Ideas and Inspiration
« on: October 20, 2012, 06:41:17 AM »
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A thread dedicated to your M1 Abrams Tank Ideas and Inspiration.


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Re: M1 Abrams Tank Ideas and Inspiration
« Reply #1 on: October 20, 2012, 06:44:42 AM »
The Block III concept/design:


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Re: M1 Abrams Tank Ideas and Inspiration
« Reply #2 on: October 20, 2012, 06:50:13 AM »
M1 Air Defence Variant:



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Re: M1 Abrams Tank Ideas and Inspiration
« Reply #3 on: October 22, 2012, 05:29:59 AM »
here's an initial mockup of the Abrams Paladin AA with "Roland" equipment.

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Re: M1 Abrams Tank Ideas and Inspiration
« Reply #4 on: October 22, 2012, 07:03:44 AM »
Assault Breaching Vehicle AKA The Shredder.





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Re: M1 Abrams Tank Ideas and Inspiration
« Reply #5 on: October 22, 2012, 08:23:36 AM »
Wasn't Brawl (the Decepticon tank, misidentified as "Devastator") in the first Michael Bay Transformers basically an upgraded "super Abrams"?

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Re: M1 Abrams Tank Ideas and Inspiration
« Reply #6 on: December 01, 2012, 03:47:36 AM »
Random idea:  what if the XM-150 152 mm gun/launcher from the MBT-70 had been carried over for the M1 Abrams?
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Re: M1 Abrams Tank Ideas and Inspiration
« Reply #7 on: December 01, 2012, 04:11:15 AM »
Random idea:  what if the XM-150 152 mm gun/launcher from the MBT-70 had been carried over for the M1 Abrams?


I had similar thoughts with an infantry support tank based on the M1 armed with the short tube gun/missile launcher of the M60A2/M551 which would look good but in reality would suck if you were still using the original ammunition and propellant designed with the completely combustible cartridge and the artillery style interrupted thread "Whelen Style" breech mechanism.  Better to adapt the existing 120mm cannon to fit the 152mm tube and use a completely new design semi-combustible case based on the 120mm gun ammunition which would make a lot of sense and certainly make it safer to operate and provide a much higher rate of fire as a side benefit when using the sliding breech block design that is pretty much standard for all tank guns. 

I was testing the idea of the 152mm projectile and the 120mm semi-combustible cartridge and determined that in 1:35th scale the diameters of the projectile and the cartridge are close enough to pass for my standards.  See attached image of my concept that was modeled in SketchUp. 

If you were going to model the longer tube of the XM150 Gun/Missile Launcher with the higher velocity ammunition you could do the same for the ammunition for this by mating the 152mm projectile with a longer 120mm cartridge case. 

The second attached image shows the shorter gun tube on an Abrams that was made by someone else as a SketchUp model to be shared.  I used the original model after downloading and then modified it to include a bulldozer blade.  The gun tube was shortened and the diameter increased to approximately 165mm to come up with a concept for an M1 Abrams Combat Engineer Vehicle to tackle obstacles and perform minor earth moving tasks. 
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Re: M1 Abrams Tank Ideas and Inspiration
« Reply #8 on: December 04, 2012, 12:00:00 AM »
Why mess with perfection?  However, another "what If" I have plans to make is mating the M247 to a M1 chassis.  The way it should have been done in the first place!
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Re: M1 Abrams Tank Ideas and Inspiration
« Reply #9 on: December 04, 2012, 08:33:13 AM »
i bet if you could aim that flag dispenser it would put the hurt on the poor sap you put your cross hairs on! rapid fire? ;)
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« Reply #10 on: December 04, 2012, 10:03:27 AM »

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Re: M1 Abrams Tank Ideas and Inspiration
« Reply #11 on: December 04, 2012, 11:07:16 AM »
I wonder, would it be plausible to develop a mobile gun carriage derivative so that the artillery could keep up with the tanks?  Or a variant carrying multiple MLRS launchers?

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Re: M1 Abrams Tank Ideas and Inspiration
« Reply #12 on: December 04, 2012, 11:59:09 AM »
Have 1/35 Abrams in stash.  I build to be 1/72.
Could be super multi-turret tank.
Could be mobile platform with rail for rocket assisted launch of fighters.

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Re: M1 Abrams Tank Ideas and Inspiration
« Reply #13 on: December 05, 2012, 03:24:37 AM »
i bet if you could aim that flag dispenser it would put the hurt on the poor sap you put your cross hairs on! rapid fire? ;)

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Re: M1 Abrams Tank Ideas and Inspiration
« Reply #14 on: December 11, 2012, 03:08:22 PM »
Random idea:  what if the XM-150 152 mm gun/launcher from the MBT-70 had been carried over for the M1 Abrams?

Might look like this (the upper one)......
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Re: M1 Abrams Tank Ideas and Inspiration
« Reply #15 on: December 18, 2012, 09:38:28 AM »
Or, what if you could mate an Abrams gun turret to an Assault Breacher hull?

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Re: M1 Abrams Tank Ideas and Inspiration
« Reply #16 on: December 18, 2012, 09:56:38 AM »
Why mess with perfection?  However, another "what If" I have plans to make is mating the M247 to a M1 chassis.  The way it should have been done in the first place!

Replace the 40mm gun tubes with the 35mm gun tubes from the Gepard.
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Re: M1 Abrams Tank Ideas and Inspiration
« Reply #17 on: March 17, 2013, 03:16:21 AM »
ARA M1A1 all dressed up:




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Re: M1 Abrams Tank Ideas and Inspiration
« Reply #18 on: March 17, 2013, 06:19:14 AM »
I have to be perfectly honest...that looks awesome!

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Re: M1 Abrams Tank Ideas and Inspiration
« Reply #19 on: March 17, 2013, 07:56:27 AM »
I'm kind of disappointed they didn't go for something more traditional for the mudflaps, such as these:


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Re: M1 Abrams Tank Ideas and Inspiration
« Reply #20 on: March 17, 2013, 02:53:59 PM »
No doubt they'll be added by some bogan tank driver, Greg.  ;D

That finish looks good but one picture is of an M88, not an M1a1.   I'm also wondering how to reproduce it.  I fear it's one the after-market crowd will have to make for me.

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Re: M1 Abrams Tank Ideas and Inspiration
« Reply #21 on: March 17, 2013, 05:04:38 PM »
You can get aftermarket Barracuda camo for tanks in 1/35.
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« Reply #22 on: March 17, 2013, 07:43:23 PM »
You can get aftermarket Barracuda camo for tanks in 1/35.

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Re: M1 Abrams Tank Ideas and Inspiration
« Reply #24 on: March 18, 2013, 02:07:09 AM »
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