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Re: Antipodean Armourfest!
« Reply #45 on: September 15, 2018, 05:01:05 AM »
Hmmm ... Australian PzKpfw III Ausf. H derivative armed with a QF 6-pounder for use against the Japanese?
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Re: Antipodean Armourfest!
« Reply #46 on: September 15, 2018, 10:18:56 AM »
I've got something in mind ;)
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Re: Antipodean Armourfest!
« Reply #47 on: September 15, 2018, 09:00:28 PM »
A Panzer 38(t) could be a good option, the RAC even trialed a TNH export model and it was licence produced in Sweden etc.

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Re: Antipodean Armourfest!
« Reply #48 on: September 16, 2018, 09:02:58 AM »
Given any Australian development would presumably not be a direct copy but rather a developed version, I am thinking something akin to this but maybe using castings:




Maybe with a 17pdr main gun and different engine...or maybe not.
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Re: Antipodean Armourfest!
« Reply #49 on: September 16, 2018, 09:06:48 AM »
For comparison- the Sentinel AC4 ultimate development of the Autralian Cruiser Tank:


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Re: Antipodean Armourfest!
« Reply #50 on: September 16, 2018, 12:07:55 PM »
That ACIV is obviously something they have mocked up themselves as the real ACIV had a new, wider turret.

As for using a 38(t) hull - too narrow for anything larger than a 2 Pdr.  You'd need to splice in a section of new hull to make the turret ring large enough for a three man crew.

Using Panzer III components I could see working.   It would be large enough to mount a 6 Pdr.  Its armour would be thick enough to withstand most Japanese AT weapons.   It would need more than likely a new, different turret with a higher mantlet for the 6 Pdr.  It would find it difficult to have a 17 Pdr mounted in it because of the turret ring size.

A Panzer IV would be another good choice.   However, castings would alter it's shape considerably.  Again a higher turret would be required.

As I suggested though, neither could not be used against the Germans for obvious reasons. 

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Re: Antipodean Armourfest!
« Reply #51 on: September 17, 2018, 08:11:13 AM »

As I suggested though, neither could not be used against the Germans for obvious reasons.

Not necessarily - remember that use of captured enemy tanks was actually quite common so if you were worried about appearance it may not be as big of an issue as you would think. 
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Re: Antipodean Armourfest!
« Reply #52 on: September 17, 2018, 02:24:34 PM »

As I suggested though, neither could not be used against the Germans for obvious reasons.


Not necessarily - remember that use of captured enemy tanks was actually quite common so if you were worried about appearance it may not be as big of an issue as you would think.


They invariably had to be marked with over-size markings, usually in white to make sure they weren't shot at by the side operating them.













This reduces their ability to hide and use camouflage effectively.  Then you have problems with a lack of spares (which is what ended up stopping the use of "Cuckoo" by the Coldstream Guards).


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Re: Antipodean Armourfest!
« Reply #53 on: September 17, 2018, 06:20:45 PM »
You forgot these - proof of an Australian precedent:

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