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TOPIC: USMC 6th Tank Battalion M4A3 Okinawa 1945

USMC 6th Tank Battalion M4A3 Okinawa 1945 21 Jan 2013 06:20 #1

I will dedicate this build to Dave. I'll post progress pics tomorrow.

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Re: USMC 6th Tank Battalion M4A3 Okinawa 1945 21 Jan 2013 17:31 #2

This is where we are at as of this morning. Best evidence indicates the new M4A3's came ashore with armor panels welded to the hulls similar to those used on earlier dry stowage tanks. As the battle progressed the wading trunks disappeared and additional track link armor was welded pretty much all over the tank. Close examination of the suspension revealed that in most cases angle iron was welded to the bogies. This prevented charges being thrown under the tank.









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Re: USMC 6th Tank Battalion M4A3 Okinawa 1945 21 Jan 2013 20:59 #3

I was able to spend all morning working on this build. Here's the latest. Perusing references it seems one front tow shackle was used to anchor the cable, the other was commonly seen clipped to a hull lifting eye.

One rack held spare track links, one held the improvised TI phone. I replicated that and will sculpt a phone bag.

Apoxie sculpt sandbags and stowage next.











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Re: USMC 6th Tank Battalion M4A3 Okinawa 1945 22 Jan 2013 18:00 #4

Last update for a while as I start my workweek tomorrow.

I made the sandbags from Milliput. That's why I didn't sand off the uneeded growser bin covers.









I had some accessory sets lying around and found this knapsack. It looks better than what I could sculpt so it is now my TI phone bag.



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Re: USMC 6th Tank Battalion M4A3 Okinawa 1945 30 Jan 2013 01:15 #5

I had the morning to myself so I added some color. References show some tanks had a black camo pattern which was most likely added prior to landing,si it was mainly covered by track links. These are the base colors, I'll weather from here.









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Re: USMC 6th Tank Battalion M4A3 Okinawa 1945 30 Jan 2013 01:35 #6

Looking great. :thumbsup
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A tank filled with holes. For that is what we shall become. Boom we go,goodbye.
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Re: USMC 6th Tank Battalion M4A3 Okinawa 1945 03 Feb 2013 18:51 #7

Here we are this morning. I had a few spare moments during the work week.











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Re: USMC 6th Tank Battalion M4A3 Okinawa 1945 03 Feb 2013 19:44 #8

:thumbsup
I told you photobucket sucks...



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Re: USMC 6th Tank Battalion M4A3 Okinawa 1945 05 Feb 2013 02:16 #9

looking good! :rockon
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Thanks, Chris
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Re: USMC 6th Tank Battalion M4A3 Okinawa 1945 07 Feb 2013 01:21 #10

I'm nearly ready to call this one finished. A flat coat, some dust and it will be complete.









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Re: USMC 6th Tank Battalion M4A3 Okinawa 1945 08 Feb 2013 10:08 #11

Sweet! :thumbsup
"Damn they made me put out the candle"



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Re: USMC 6th Tank Battalion M4A3 Okinawa 1945 08 Feb 2013 12:40 #12

Looks fantastic :thumbsup :thumbsup :thumbsup :thumbsup
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