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#41 Peter M. Skaar

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Posted 28 December 2020 - 10:04 AM

Hi Healey

If the casting is actually out of alignment, that is known as a shift.  You might consider contacting the manufacturer in that case to see if they will replace it for you.

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#42 Peter M. Skaar

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Posted 13 January 2021 - 10:33 PM

I just added 10 more Shermans for my WWII American forces for NW Europe.  Included in this mix are 10 M4A1 76mm, 3 M4A3 75mm, and 1 M4A3 75mm early type.

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Posted 21 January 2021 - 07:24 AM

Brilliant stuff, mate. CCA must be about up to strength.

 

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#44 Peter M. Skaar

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Posted 21 January 2021 - 10:04 PM

Thanks very much, Healey!  Right now, I have 33 Shermans completed.  Of these, 11 are M4A1 late types and the other 22 are M4A3 types.  I will be adding some more M4A1s to the mix as I just received my order from GHQ with some of their new M4A1 75mm.  Eventually, I should have at least a company of each and maybe more someday.

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Posted 13 February 2021 - 10:37 PM

Here are a couple of pictures of all the U.S. Shermans I had at the time it was taken.  I have add 3 more since plus I am working on 12 more M4A1s.

 

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#46 healey36

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Posted 18 February 2021 - 08:05 PM

A nice mix of versions, Pete. What, fifty-plus medium tanks in a US armor battalion? You're almost there.



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Posted 20 February 2021 - 06:31 AM

Thanks, Healey!  I already have a full company of M4A3s of various types.  I am working on 12 more M4A1 75s right now and that will give me slightly more than a company of those.  My ultimate goal will be 2 have 2 companies of each when I get back into gaming plus a company of M5 Stuarts for the Light Company.  I know it is not a full battalion but I could have a full battalion if I wanted to proxy another company of M4A1s as M4A3s or vice versa.  I have a lot of other projects in mind as well.

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Posted 22 February 2021 - 07:07 AM

Battalions were nearly always understrength due to combat losses and/or mechanical failures. This was especially true for the German outfits. When the tank cabinet is short just a few vehicles, I've often written scenario scripts with a battalion having suffered a bit of attrition. 



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Posted 23 February 2021 - 09:14 AM

Healey, you are very right about that.  I have a "battalion" of Panzers for my Afrika Korps.  I have 3 "Light" companies of Panzer IIIs and 1 "Medium" company of Panzer IVs.  None of the companies are at full strength per TO&E.  I will add some more tanks to the group as I really need more Panzer IIs having only about 5 for the whole battalion.

I used to be an armor officer and in the real world it was very difficult to get all the tanks and other vehicles running all at the same time.  In Korea, where we had some really old M-60A1s, I remember only rolling out the gate with 3 out of my 5 tanks on an exercise.  By the time the exercise was completed about 5 days later, all my tanks had broken down for various reasons. 


 



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Posted 23 February 2021 - 01:00 PM

Everything I've ever heard or read of armored operations is one of spending more time laying under the tank than sitting in it. One of my college roommates, who was two years older than me, did a stint as a crewman on an M163 air-defense vehicle (Vulcan 20mm on an M113 APC hull). He did two tours in Southeast Asia while in the army, and said his lasting memory of those 2-1/2 years was one of endlessly changing or repairing the tracks.






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