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M60A3 TTS

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Klaus Eberl shares with us a large number of images of his M60A3 TTS. The kit is from Revell (rebox of Esci) improved with Def Models metal barrel and wind sensor, Orange Hobby antenna, Tamiya Hoffmann device, Eduard photo etch and Bronco tracks, plus some scratch work. The stowage is a mis of products from Meng Model, Tamiya and Legend Productions. The model has been painted with of paint from K4, Model Air and Tamiya acrylics, the weathering has been applied with AK interactive enamel products (washes, filters).
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About the Author

About Klaus Eberl (dexter059)
FROM: REGION DE VALPARAISO, CHILE

Active duty Chilean Navy Officer, close to 20 years of service. Happily married and 2 beautiful kids. Ive been modelling on a regular basis since 1997. Mainly focused in "modern" armor in 1/35, but recently Ive started with WWII subjects as well. Particularly keen on NATO and Chilean Armed Forces ...


Comments

Klaus, and it sounds like you had a good time building, painting and weathering this tank. As all modeling should be.
JAN 23, 2017 - 10:17 PM
Thanks guys, really appreciate your comments, I enjoyed this build so much That I'm working now on some figures and a small diorama to place it. Cheers
JAN 24, 2017 - 03:05 AM
Your tracks are very well done. They look very realistic - almost perfect. The dust effect overall is also a highlight. I think you over did the chipping, though. These tanks were painted on a regular basis. The spare tracks strapped to the bussel rack should be swapped with the backpacks on the sides of the turret, too, as the crew members regular climbed up there, and stepping on someone's backpack is frowned upon. You should also add a bulb to the end of the antenna, as they wouldn't be used w/o them (saftey hazard). Excellent build, though - a masterpiece. These were the vehicles in my cav platoon while in Germany in the 80s.
JAN 26, 2017 - 08:07 AM
Nicely done, just a note from a dino rider. Your Hoffman device cable enters the turret through the gunners telescope port. A physical impossibility without removing the 105D gunners telescope. It was usually routed through the right side opening which was the coax MG port. If this tank is equipped with TTS the seachlight mounts would not be mounted. Passive gunners sights almost always had a searchlight. Over all you have done a great job representing one of the tanks I crewed. I could not find fault in your workmanship, just some minor quirks that a tanker would notice. Tom
JAN 26, 2017 - 05:12 PM
Thanks for your comments and valuable input, will be considered for sure in my next one (AFV Club) cheers
JAN 26, 2017 - 11:15 PM
Thanks buddy, always good to get first hand info from peaople that actually crew the tanks. About the Hoffman device cable, its alredy fixed serchlight mount will be removed from nex build. Cheers
JAN 26, 2017 - 11:19 PM
I was the tank commander of this tank. It was an M60A3 TTS in Fort Drum New York early 90s. Tom
JAN 27, 2017 - 12:36 AM
Thomas great picture, good reference for future builds, guess I got the paint job and weathering right, I was afraid that was a bit too dull, but I got it ok. Cheers
JAN 27, 2017 - 01:48 AM
You did indeed Klaus. Although it looks like you did your kit in MERDC 4 color. My tank is in the 3 color NATO cammo applied at the factory. She got so dirty its hard to tell. This was a gunnery camp and cross country was at a minimum. It was cold and wet. All the dirt above the the sponsons was tracked in on the crews boots. You can also see where the brass from the 50cal goes. Tom
JAN 27, 2017 - 11:18 AM
I noticed your tank was painted in 3 tone NATO, but the amoubt of dirt its amazing, your pics are a great reference for us to try to replicate in our builds.Thanks for sharing both the pics and your experience. Cheers
JAN 27, 2017 - 10:58 PM