M41 target tank

Postby Alfa Three Five » Thu Oct 05, 2017 2:53 pm

Firing and maneuver ranges are full of tanks: target tanks, wrecks etc.

I used my memories from what I saw in various training and firing ranges as well as pictures.

For my firing range, I need various ''target tank''

The first one is an old Heng Long M41.

I would like to thank Mig Jimenez for his advises for the peeling paint over rust effects.
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Postby Alfa Three Five » Thu Oct 05, 2017 2:55 pm

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Postby dgsselkirk » Thu Oct 05, 2017 5:59 pm

Awesome job! We need a couple of these for our field... :D
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Postby wibblywobbly » Thu Oct 05, 2017 8:49 pm

That is absolutely brilliant!! Fantastic job, it looks completely real. :thumbup:
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Postby Marco Peter » Thu Oct 05, 2017 11:05 pm

LOVE what you did with the missing track-parts but also so much of the tank 'gone' there! :-)
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Postby c.rainford73 » Thu Oct 05, 2017 11:21 pm

This looks incredible
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Postby Alfa Three Five » Wed Oct 11, 2017 10:16 am

Thank you!

Still few things to add to it ;) Even if less is more, I still need to work a little bit on the weathering.

But anyway, after few weeks on the ''field'' it will get a natural weathering too.

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Postby jarndice » Wed Oct 11, 2017 10:24 am

When I first started looking I thought what on earth is he doing showing us pictures of wrecked tanks?
Then I realised,
DOHH sorry,
This is magnificent, I am very impressed.
Shaun.

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Postby greengiant » Wed Nov 01, 2017 10:47 pm

Nice wreck. An early target I presume because the ones I saw (Mostly M47,s) where set out on qualifying range (80) at Grafenwoerhr Germany using real ammo and while filled with gravel didn't last very long. Everything was and blown into small pieces except the turrets which were quickly knocked off and taken the prequalifying range where 50 cal's and coaxes were used on them until they ere chipped away to virtually nothing during 2 weeks of constant pounding.
In the states I saw some wrecks at Ft Campbell KY (at that time the 101st airborne main training area converted into a basic training camp during the Vietnam WAR) that had little real damage on ranges that where at one time used for bazooka and recoilless cannon targets on which dummy war heads where used
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Postby 43rdRecceReg » Thu Nov 02, 2017 12:17 am

A very impressive abandoned tank 'hulk'. Several members on the Forum have also produced authentic looking wrecks (but none as convincing as my face, first think in the morning :haha: ). With your abilities, though, you could be competing for the 'King of corrosion' title. Indeed, IMHO No RC 'battlefield' would be complete without a wreck or two, and yours could be a great example of the carnage there. :thumbup:
You'll find a few tasty looking wrecks here at the Otterburn firing range, even a few from the War (Cromwell and Sherman):
http://hmvf.co.uk/topic/15176-otterburn-range-wrecks/
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Postby c.rainford73 » Thu Nov 02, 2017 12:38 am

This is a wonderful thread you've shared with all those wrecks in detailThank you! I must agree this is the best scale tank wreck I've seen.
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Postby Alfa Three Five » Mon Nov 13, 2017 6:55 pm

Thank you all for the coms ;) I still have 3 more tanks in the line waiting to get the same treatment.

Here this is, I think, done for now.

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Postby c.rainford73 » Mon Nov 13, 2017 10:49 pm

Wow that's fantastic
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Postby HERMAN BIX » Tue Nov 14, 2017 2:52 am

Yip, the peeling paint effect is outstanding.
Great addition to any battlefield when post war armour is getting about.
Can see a row of M1's all facing towards it ready to get rounds on target !
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Postby Alfa Three Five » Tue Nov 14, 2017 9:46 am

HERMAN BIX wrote:Yip, the peeling paint effect is outstanding.
Great addition to any battlefield when post war armour is getting about.
Can see a row of M1's all facing towards it ready to get rounds on target !


Well I can't imagine (well in fact I do) the result of a row of M1's or Leopard's all firing at the same time. Years ago when I was in the army, at Bergen Firing Range we were used to fire at old Patton's some time with real ammo including for the ''fun'' HEP rounds too (usually the last day) and when we were having a look at the effects it was incredible. Of course they are old tanks, of course the metal is stressed due to the many impacts they gets etc but the way a sabot just go through it like a hot knife through butter is impressive as well as the effects of an HEP round, the plate of metal as well as schrapnels removed on the inside due to the impact is incredible.

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