M36 GMC 90mm Tank Destroyer

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Tank vs Tank Destroyer was a concept developed as an attempt to stop Blitzkreig style tank attacks 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.

This project has actually evolved from 2 earlier projects. To get things started, I found some cheap Heng Long  Shermans.
This project has actually evolved from 2 earlier projects. To get things started, I found some cheap Heng Long Shermans.
For a vehicle with VVSS and the GAA engine set up, it is an easier starting point than my previous scratch conversions.
For a vehicle with VVSS and the GAA engine set up, it is an easier starting point than my previous scratch conversions.
The model out of the box is a fair representation of a Howitzer equipped M4A3. Some crude details need handling but it isn't as bad as their M41A3
The model out of the box is a fair representation of a Howitzer equipped M4A3. Some crude details need handling but it isn't as bad as their M41A3
This kit even comes with overseas plugs.
This kit even comes with overseas plugs.
To those of us who don't even pretend to run stock Heng Longs it only takes 4 screws to get inside.
To those of us who don't even pretend to run stock Heng Longs it only takes 4 screws to get inside.
The stock electronics come out easily enough.
The stock electronics come out easily enough.
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