Saturday, May 21, 2016

M60A3 Platoon: not the best place to be

One of the big omissions of Team Yankee was the M60 MBT, The Abrams was a relative latecomer to the Cold War and the M60 was still a common staple in Germany in the 1980s. Unfortunately the options for this kit currently are quite limited. QRF offer a version, but its showing its age. In this case I opted for the unreleased Khurasan M60A1 kit and added the necessary paraphernalia to bring it up to the A3 standard visually. This really only required spare smoke launchers from the BF M1 kit, along with the tool boxes mounted on the rear of the turret.

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While the armor of the M1IP and M1A1 were formidable, the M60 was in a tight spot by the 80s. Squaring off against the Soviet 125mm gun its frontal glacias would probably have had the stopping power of wet cardboard.  Similarly, the 105mm would have struggled against the frontal armor of the T-72B and T-80.



Nevertheless, despite all its limitations, I still find the imagery of the M60 far more charming than the Sci-fi style M1. It really was one of the last 'tanky' looking tanks in the US arsenal, before hard edges became the norm.



Crew were made with leftover Battlefront bits.

 

13 comments:

  1. That was the workhorse for the 70s and early 80s, very nicely done.

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  2. Awesome work! Love that particular tank and you've definitely done it justice.

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  3. Excellent work that brings back great memories. Speaking of SciFi looking tanks, I am sure BF will eventually do the M60A2 S
    "Starships"

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  4. thanks guys :)

    Dartfrog - Irishserb already produces a lovely looking Starship model :)

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  5. I started off as an M60A1 tank commander....nice models

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  6. Did you make cards for these?

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  7. Beautiful - and I know what you mean about the tankiness of tanks ; there hasn't really been a good looking tank since the 1980s!

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  8. and the noise the M60 engine makes means you can hear it coming from miles away . :-)

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  9. It is really a shame Khuresan Miniatures failed to follow through on the M60A1/A3. I know they are swamped with orders for the newer MBT's (USSR&US). The new Merkava and the M113 J Zelda is a welcome too...

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    1. Sorry the new IDF Merkava and M113 J Zelda are a welcome.

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  10. They are an awesome-looking tank. Hopefully BF will do a release down the track...

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