Tank Destroyer
Sherman how to

    There are Tanks and there are Tank Destroyers.  WW2 US Army doctrine believed that tanks would support the Infantry and not engage enemy armor.  Specialized vehicles with heavier guns and lighter armor would engage enemy tanks.  Hindsight shows that developing a “battle tank” might have reduced tank crew casualties and allowed the Allied armor units to exploit the industrial superiority US industry provided the Allied naval and air forces.        

    The M4A2 chassis was initially adapted to the tank destroyer role by the addition of a 3 inch gun (76.2mm) gun in a welded steel turret and a sloped armor hull.  The M10 had a 5 sided turret and used 1/4 inch steel armor.  It was the first diesel engined Sherman variant in US armored units.  Later, M10A1 vehicles were built on the M4A3 chassis.  This is the version of the vehicle I intend to build as it used the Ford GAA gasoline engine and will match the Pershing DMD/MFU sounds. 

Modifications will include scratch-built hull and turret.  Custom aluminum turned barrel.  Scratch engine deck, exhaust, and air cleaner.    Tamiya MFU/DMD and battle system.

Obviously the T81 track and HVSS suspension is incorrect for M10 variants so we wont be using Stock Tamiya parts.  The MATO 1/16 M4A1 now provides the VVSS suspension components for a reasonable facsimile.

I plan to include the late war sheet metal top armor or a tarp to hide the internal turret components to make it full option/ battle ready.  The mantlet must be scratch-built and adjustments made to the recoil mechanism so it will fit in the turret.  This will take time.