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M911 with M60A1
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Tennessee, United States
Joined: December 21, 2002
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Posted: Friday, May 17, 2019 - 02:14 PM UTC

I can't stop looking at your photos. An inspirational build. So glad both are painted with MERDC camouflage. You have piqued my interest in modern (once removed) armor.
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California, United States
Joined: November 21, 2012
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Posted: Thursday, May 16, 2019 - 08:50 AM UTC

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Hi Guys. I have the C-HET and a Tamiya M60 to build and for guidance can anyone say if the rucksacks would still be on the M60's bustle?

Id imagine the troops would have retrieved their gear before the tank was hauled away but id love to know the reality.

Thanks Guys.

I can only speak on behalf of my 23 year Marine Corps experiences, which the only time our '60's were truck transported was when they were being moved from Camp Pendleton to 29 Palms and back, as well as the time after we ceased combat operations in Desert Storm and our tanks were transported back to Saudi Arabia by Saudi Army transports. (I was not stationed at Okinawa nor Guantanoma Bay when the Marine Corps had M60A1 tanks at both locations, but I'm assuming tank transport experiences would be the same.)

In the former, these were admin movements in order to use our own equipment for a CAX at 29 Palms (before EAP was established), thus there were certainly no personal gear on-board, and all "loose" or easily removable gear (e.g. tarps, water/oil cans, antennas) were stowed inside the turret, all weather protective covers installed (e.g. the M105D telescope and coax port), headlights removed and stowed in special positions inside the driver's compartment (protective covers installed on the hull headlight mounts to protect the electrical connectors), all periscope ballistic doors closed, and loaders hatch "combat locked" (the loader's periscope has to be removed to do this; there is no way to "button-up" the tank and secure the loader's hatch from the outside if the loader's periscope is installed).

For the latter, all gear was retained in-place and we actually sat in the tanks during truck transport as there were not enough troop transportation to haul tankers separately.

In all events, the turret was always traversed to the rear and secured into travel lock (both gun tube and turret ring). This reduces overall length and minimizes gun tube exposure to accidental contact with other objects, which can lead to significant equipment damage and/or boresight loss (preserving boresight is one of the top priorities for tankers).

Generally speaking, we almost always remove personal gear whenever our tanks are being transported without us if we are not following in trace in separate vehicles, in the event we do not marry back up with our tanks for an extended period of time. We may leave our gear on the tank for short transport durations, such as when the '88 would be towing our deadlined-tank from the field back to a rear staging area for repairs and we're hitching a ride on the '88.
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British Columbia, Canada
Joined: August 29, 2017
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Posted: Wednesday, May 08, 2019 - 05:49 AM UTC
Hi Guys. I have the C-HET and a Tamiya M60 to build and for guidance can anyone say if the rucksacks would still be on the M60's bustle?

Id imagine the troops would have retrieved their gear before the tank was hauled away but id love to know the reality.

Thanks Guys.
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Posted: Monday, May 06, 2019 - 06:23 PM UTC
Hello and thanks.
I used the Voyager PE on the M60A1, but AFV Club has included a small PE set from Voyager. So I got double up of some of the parts, although Voyager has improved the details on some of the parts in their separate PE set. AFV Club has mixed up the numbers of some of the parts of the wheel/spring assembly, so control that the parts fit before gluing.
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Manitoba, Canada
Joined: January 03, 2016
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Posted: Monday, May 06, 2019 - 01:38 PM UTC
Nicely done and properly-weathered. A build to be proud of.
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Wisconsin, United States
Joined: January 03, 2005
KitMaker: 267 posts
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Posted: Monday, May 06, 2019 - 10:14 AM UTC
Beautiful build. The AFV Club M-60's are on my list to build.
Joined: September 05, 2011
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Posted: Monday, May 06, 2019 - 04:50 AM UTC
Looks great! This is the tank that was in my platoon when I served. They would have had a tarp over the searchlight while in transport (there is a special cover for it - I might have a picture). The weathering is very convincing. Fantastic work.
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Alberta, Canada
Joined: October 15, 2013
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Posted: Sunday, May 05, 2019 - 02:35 PM UTC
John Lindbom shares some pictures of his Meng M911 with an AFV Club M60A1 loaded up.

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