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M-18 Hellcat.

Building the AFV Club 1:35th scale M-18 Hellcat with a few extras

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Gary Radford25/01/2009 16:24:29
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Hi Folkes,
 For my next build I would like to make a kit that has been in my collection for a few years. It is the AFV Club M-18 Hellcat.

 The History.
 In December 1941, the Ornance Corps issued requirements for the desighn of a fast destroyer using a Christie suspensio, the Wright Continental, R-975 engine and a 37mm gun.  In the light of experience gained in North Africa, the 37mm gun was found to be inadequate and the design was changed to use a 57mm gun.  During the development process, the design was further up gunned to a 75mm gun, and then finally to the 76mm gun.  The Christie suspension requirement was also dropped and replaced with a torsion bar suspension.  The design was standardised in February 1943, and production began in July 1943.
As a new design, the M18 incorporated several innovative maintenance features.  The right R-975 engine was mounted on steel rollers, which permitted it to be disconnected from the transmission, rolled out onto the lower engine rear cover, serviced and then reconnected to the vehicle.  Similarly the transmission could be removed and rolled out onto a front deck plate to allow repairs and inspection.
The T70 prototype for the M18 first saw combat at Anzio, Italy, the production versions of the M18 were used in North West Europe and Italy from the summer of 1944 onwards.
In contract to the M10 Wolverine, 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 76mm models.  The M18 carried a 5 man crew as well as 45 rounds of main gun ammunition and an M2 Browning machine gun on a flexible ring mount.
M18 Data.
Dimensions.      6.65m long. 2.87m wide. 2.56m high
Crew                     5
Armament           1X76mmM1A1C/M1A2 high
                               velocity anti-tank gun with 45
                               rounds, and 1X0.50cal heavy
                               machine gun with 800 rounds.
Engine                  Continental R-975-C4 Star
                               9 cylinder air colled engine
                               developing 400hp
Fuel Storage        170gallons/600ltrs
Speed                   72km/hour
Weight                  18tons with full load
To accompany the kit i picked up a set of Friulmodel tracks, #ATL-40

 A new barrel by The Barrel Depot to replace the one supplied in the kit which is the wrong shape.


Gary Radford25/01/2009 16:28:39
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 I also got a Voyager Model .50cal machine gun barrel.

 Along with an Eduard PE Detailing set, but I won't be using all of it as I don't think it is worth it in some places.
 All these items I obtained at the Telford show in November of last year.
VB25/01/2009 16:28:43
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Sorry about the tech fault Gary...and thanks for posting again!
Gary Radford25/01/2009 16:31:04
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 No problem Vinnie, I think it was down to me anyway.
 Thanks for the correction.
Chris Smith25/01/2009 16:34:14
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And there I was thinking you were sticking to your New Years Resolution Vinnie
Looks like an interesting build Gaz, always good to see something different
Ian Robinson25/01/2009 16:37:06
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Very nice choice Gaz. I'm in
Was the 50cal dear to buy or have you had that a while as well?
Jurgen Mares25/01/2009 16:38:05
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Great choice Gaz with some really nice AM additions.
You can count me in buddy.

Ian Robinson25/01/2009 16:40:50
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Just noticed the builds are going very much Allied dominated lately
Not that I'm moaning just an observation
Mark S25/01/2009 16:53:53
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Looking forward to seeing this one Gaz, I've always wanted to do a Hellcat myself so this may spur me on.


Richard Marchand25/01/2009 17:02:39
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Nice choice of kit and AM Gary. Will gladly follow this one

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