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Friday, April 6, 2012

M18 "Hellcat" Tank Destroyers

I am finally taking a break from soviets and revisiting some of my other forces for a while.  First up was the first of 2 M18 Tank Destroyer units that will enable me to run both Task Force A from Turning Tide and the new Tank Destroyer Company from Blood Guts & Glory.



Americans were my first Flames of War army and it's been a really long time since I've added anything new.  I did finally forego my heavy highlighting for a more muted drybrushing, only to save me some time.
These models were in very good shape, though they are the blister version of the M18 (and not the soon to be released M18 box).  The M20s had a bit of resin blobbiness in the wheel wells, but it was easily mitigated.

Overall, I am quite happy with how they turned out and can't wait to see them on the table!

From Wikipedia
M18 Hellcat. (2012, March 28). In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved 15:06, April 1, 2012, from http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=M18_Hellcat&oldid=483956078


In contrast to the M10 tank destroyer, which used the chassis of the M4 Sherman, the M18 Hellcat was designed from the start to be a fast tank destroyer. As a result it was smaller, lighter, and significantly faster, but carried the same gun as the Sherman 76 mm models. The M18 carried a five-man crew as well as 45 rounds of main gun ammunition, and an M2 Browning machine gun on a flexible ring mount for use against aircraft and infantry.



The main disadvantages of the M18 were its very light armor, and the inconsistent performance of its 76 mm gun against the frontal armor of later German designs such as the Tiger and Panther. The open-topped turret (a characteristic which it shared with the M10) left the crew exposed to snipersgrenades, and shell fragments. The doctrinal priority of high speed at the cost of armor protection thus led to an unbalanced design. The problem of the main gun performance was remedied with High Velocity Armor Piercing (HVAP) ammunition late in the war, which allowed the 76 mm gun to achieve greater frontal armor penetration, but this was never available in quantity.
In Flames of War



12 comments:

not2oldtowargame said...

Great post - thank you - lovely looking tanks. Very "glass hammer" will be interesting to see how they perform.

Tyler said...

Are the HVAP rounds the reasoning for why 76s are now AT13? Beautiful models by the way!

Mik said...

They look great, I like the little armored car thingie too.

Steven MacLauchlan said...

Thanks Mik! I love that little guy too. It's an M20 Utility Vehicle, and I love how they look sort of sci-fi.

WEBGriffin said...

Glass hammer? More like glass sledgehammer...

Matt Varnish said...

THe M20.. I believe some police forces converted some for SWAT team duty right? I think in one of the escape from New York movies they had one in there?

SonBae said...

Looking great Steve! Ike the subtler hilton lighting. Believe it or not US Army MPs currently use something very similar...the M1117 Guardian Armored Security Vehicle.

cbaxter said...

those look great,

Baur said...

Definitely one of my favorite tanks!

Hammerpaints said...

Yer pimp.... love the paint jobs on them and these things are nasty.... the one rule that i think sets them aside more then any thing is ...LIGHT TANK... have a huge threat range and 9 out of 10 times flank the hell out of you

Stormtrooper said...

Very nice Steve.

Didn't they use an M20 in the first Die Hard movie ?

jmezz382 said...

Nice .... another sexy TD option for me to purchase !!

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