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M18 GMC 76mm Tank Destroyer

M18 Hellcat

Tank vs Tank Destroyer was a concept developed as an attempt to stop Blitzkreig style tactics seen early in the war. US Army planners saw the tank as an infantry support vehicle with machine guns and dual purpose artillery style cannon.  When armor protection steadily inproved the need for a tank killing capability arose and the planners figured a light weight vehicle with a higher velocity gun could be moved quickly in place to stop an armored penetration.  The M10, M18, and M36 were developed as the face of that plan and the debate over their effectiveness and utility has raged ever since.

The real deal at a military vehicle show in Mesa
The real deal at a military vehicle show in Mesa
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All the real storage and other features have been painstakingly restored for posterity.
All the real storage and other features have been painstakingly restored for posterity.
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DAK Member Mitch Sherb kit bashed a Heng Long Pershing and Pz III components with a bunch of Scratchbuilding to make headway!
DAK Member Mitch Sherb kit bashed a Heng Long Pershing and Pz III components with a bunch of Scratchbuilding to make headway!
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The vehicle was kit-bashed from a Heng Long Pershing
The vehicle was kit-bashed from a Heng Long Pershing
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