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M36 Jackson
Henk
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England - South West, United Kingdom
Joined: August 07, 2004
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Posted: Sunday, March 11, 2007 - 08:01 PM UTC
Stuart Taylor (beaver22) choose the AFV Club M36 Jackson as his first Armour model.



M36 Jackson

If you have comments or questions please post them here.

Thanks!
chefchris
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North Carolina, United States
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Posted: Sunday, March 11, 2007 - 08:16 PM UTC
Congrats on your first AFV model! I am sure it won't be your last given the choices we have these days.

In your review you failed to mention the inaccuracies of the engine deck layout. The kit has the incorrect M10/M4A2 diesel decks AND rear plate configuration with the addition of the M4A3 exhausts. Alot of work has to be done to this kit to make it a M36. The underside is also wrong, but who will see it?

It is good to see more Allied stuff being reviewed though.

Its also hard to see the details in the photos, what did you use for the light source?

I like the base- especially the brickwork and groundwork

Just my 2c
Chris
ericadeane
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Michigan, United States
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Posted: Monday, March 12, 2007 - 12:33 AM UTC
Hi Stuart: Thanks for taking time to post your build/review on Armorama. Armor kits definitely have their own unique draw to them. May I point out a few functional items one should consider when depicting armor?

1) Chains: often seen on models -- rarely seen on real tanks (only French early war tanks, mostly). They were useless for hauling large AFVs and if carried, would be in bags -- too easily to entangle -- get caught in the suspension! On your gun tube, it would be impractical if the crew ever needed to bring the gun to bear on a target.

2) red/white aiming stake. These were used for artillery with indirect fire tasks. Think M12 155mm Gun motor carriage, M40 155mm gun motor carriage or M8 75mm howitzer motor carriage. The M36 was valued for its direct fire capability.

3) I think you glued the hatches on upside down. Look here for three pages of images of the real thing and the tech manual

http://www.ferreamole.it/contributi/marco_g/m36_01.htm

Hit "successiva" at the bottom of that page for the following pp.

4) lastly, make sure that all twelve of your roadwheels are firmly horizontal. Your front and rearmost wheels seem to be lifted up by the tension of the vinyl tracks. In reality, the weight of the tank would keep them firmly level.

HTH, Roy