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AFV Club: M60A3
CMOT
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Posted: Thursday, December 29, 2016 - 02:34 AM UTC


Darren Baker takes a look at the M60A3 TTS offering from AFV Club in 1/35th scale.

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If you have comments or questions please post them here.

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ReluctantRenegade
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Posted: Thursday, December 29, 2016 - 03:45 AM UTC
Excellent review, as always Darren. I'm dying to build the Egyptian version. Shame about the split barrel, I guess I'm gonna have to invest in a turned metal one...
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Posted: Thursday, December 29, 2016 - 04:06 AM UTC
Thank you
DerGeist
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Posted: Thursday, December 29, 2016 - 04:44 AM UTC
Anybody else notice the error in the description for the original M60 on the family tree page?? Had to face palm after reading that lol. Is there an appropriate aftermarket M68 for this kit yet?
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Posted: Thursday, December 29, 2016 - 06:01 AM UTC
Great review, might have to add one to the stash.
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Posted: Thursday, December 29, 2016 - 06:27 AM UTC
Still with the cobblestone texture but at least later M60A3s had anti skid texture so it's not so bad.

The cupola is detailed enough inside to leave open, you should have a loader to make up for the lack of a honeycomb ammo rack.

With all the m60 "Dino riders" lurking these forums there will be no end of people to tell you what's right and wrong here. Like the gun barrel being fine as the real fiberglass shrouds could be very rough and uneven. That the barrel fits together just fine practically needing no filler. That after market gun barrels for the M68 are too smooth and missing all the tiny details.

That is indeed a kill light, the convoy light was a lot simpler didn't mount to the turret lift ring. There is a whole host of wiring and the sensor harness missing though.

Huge improvement over the ESCI, Tamiya and Academy kits. Get a dozen and do all the crazy markings my old Guard unit would chalk on them.
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Posted: Thursday, December 29, 2016 - 06:51 PM UTC
Darren, thanks for the review.

Are there more decal sheets for the M60 series out there?

Some more info on the markings included in the kit:

a. 4-69 AR Bn, 1st Brigade, 8th ID, was located in Mainz Germany, in the Rhineland-Palatinate, just across the Rhine River from Wiesbaden.

b. 5-68 AR Bn, 3rd Brigade, 8th ID, was located in Mannheim Germany.

c. 3-32 AR Bn, 3rd Brigade, 3rd AD was located in Friedberg Germany; inactivated in June 1986.
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Posted: Friday, December 30, 2016 - 10:16 AM UTC
At the very least it would be nice to see a "data" sheet of all the stenciling that were on M60A3. I have yet to see a 15W50 only stencil on a engine deck or the "In case of NBC attack, air cleaners to be serviced only by NBC equipped personnel" on an air cleaner housing.
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Posted: Monday, February 27, 2017 - 03:39 PM UTC
Hopefully, there will be a more correct looking aftermarket alloy barrel for this kit... The current barrel seems slightly off. Also, they included decals for 5/68 Armor, I just wish they or somebody else will offer marking for 3/68 Armor, my old unit from 1980 to 1983... I served on B31 and B33. Both 3/68 and 5/68 were assigned the Sullivan Barracks in Mannheim, Germany.
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Posted: Monday, February 27, 2017 - 05:58 PM UTC
The barrel looks fine to me and I haven't heard of any issues with it from anyone else.
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Posted: Tuesday, February 28, 2017 - 01:44 AM UTC
Ted, I remember seeing the tank lots in Sullivan Bks. Don't forget the Lampertheim tank trails that lead out to Coleman Bks. Do you remember if there were any M728 CEV's in Sullivan? If I wouldn't mind building one from that time frame. That was an interesting time back then. Ronnie
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Posted: Tuesday, December 12, 2017 - 12:49 PM UTC
If I was to get an after market barrel for this which would be the best to get or does someone know if a new one is coming out for it.

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HeavyArty
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Posted: Tuesday, December 12, 2017 - 05:45 PM UTC
Def Model makes an M68A1 late barrel for it.

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Posted: Tuesday, December 12, 2017 - 10:19 PM UTC
Looks like a must have - the stash is crying because this one is not yet there.