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Frankentank, R.O.C. CM-12

Convert AFC Club CM-11 to CM-12

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Ranger7431/08/2017 18:07:04
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I have placed on hold my M48A3 build as posted at, due to modification difficulties.

I have decided to build another M48 derivative, this time the Republic of China CM-12.

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I am using the Hobby Fan conversion set for the hull and some suspension parts.

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and, the AFV Club M48H/CM-11 Brave Tiger kit as donor. From this kit I will use the turret, gun, cupola, drive sprockets, road wheels and track. The left-over M60A1/3 hull will be combined, sometime in the future, with a 63-foot assualt bridge to build an M60-based AVLB.

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This vehicle is a real "Frankentank". The turret, cupola, M68 105mm main gun, fire control (a mix of M48A5 and M-1 Abrams fire control systems) and T-142 track are basically from the CM-11 . The hull, suspension and powerpack come from what the R.O.C. Army calls the M48A3, which is actually a major modification of the M48A1/A2 to include the Continental AVDS-1790-2C turbo-supercharged diesel engine and CD-850-6A1 cross-drive transmission covered by a heavily modified A1/A2 rear deck. Additionally, the return rollers have been reduced to three from five and the small tension roller previously located between sixth road wheel and sprocket has also been removed.

As I am using a conversion set designed specifically for the donor kit, both of which are from different branches of the same company, I hopefully will not encounter the fit issues I had with my M48A3 build.

Below are pictures of the Hobby Fan upper and lower hull sections. They are beautifully cast with easily removed casting blocks which have been removed and just require clean up and a good bath.

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On to the build.


Edited By Ranger74 on 31/08/2017 18:07:56

Robin Gronovius09/09/2017 15:44:34
114 forum posts

Looks like a nightmarish, yet interesting build.

Jeffrey Leiby12/10/2017 16:34:24
12 forum posts


It is a perfect example of "necessity is the mother of invention." Temporary pause on the build while I complete a IPMS review build of the AFV Club M113A1 ACAV.


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