The best reference
for a modeler is to be able to see the actual vehicle you are building, either
through historical photos, technical manuals, or present-day photos of restored
vehicles. There are a few things to remember, however:
the vehicle has been restored, any new paint or replacement parts may not be 100%
it hasnt been restored, there may still be significant changes depending
on the history of the particular vehicle. Following WWII, many American AFVs were
sold or given to the armies of other nations, which made their own modifications. Even WWII equipment that saw use by the US in Korea may have been modified yet presented as being a WWII relic.
historical photos will attest, there were countless official and unofficial field
modifications made to vehicles during the war. Maintenance pools and crews would
use whatever materials were at hand to improve stowage capabilities. Halftracks
and reconnaissance jeeps in particular had improvised baskets and shelves to stow
equipment. Shermans were seen with a variety of bars welded to turrets so crew
could hang their gear.
links below will take you to some photos Ive shot at military expositions
at Fort Snelling in Minneapolis, Minnesota; at a Veterans Day parade in
St. Paul, Minnesota; the Patton Museum at Fort Knox, Kentucky; and the Victory
Museum in Auburn, Indiana. There are also contributions from fellow modelers Kurt
Laughlin, Mike Powell, Michael Bedard, Scott Taylor, Derek Brown and Matt Riesmeyer.
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Towed Artillery and Anti-tank Guns
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