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Proposal: Funnies
ColinEdm
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Posted: Monday, January 15, 2018 - 02:07 AM GMT+7
You nailed it Peter, I am not always the most eloquent lol.
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Posted: Sunday, January 14, 2018 - 08:26 PM GMT+7
Colin is the lead so he gets the final say, but the DM and SE were designed and built from the ground up. I think Colin's intent here is best described as take something and bolt it on something else that was not really designed for it.

So add a flame thrower and fuel trailer from the Churchill, to an M4 Sherman and make one of 4 given to the US army to use.

Add a dozer blade, flail system , 'Aunt Jemima' mine roller system, etc to a Sherman

Bolt a panzer IV turret on a Bergepanther

Bofors mounted on a GMC truck (French)

BARV

Add a Mig 21 engine to a T-55 chassis and make a fire fighting vehicle... a darn quick one I guess

Just about anything the Israeli's did with old vehicles would fit the bill I guess - Achzarit, Puma, Ro'em, etc

Maybe even conversions like the British Archer and Bishop and German use of French tanks chassis and so on.

The list could go for pages, but if I am right, what Colin really wants to see is people finding obscure conversions and one off's to make the choices really interesting:

French Chaffee with AMX 13 turret
Russian Concrete armoured T34
German Pak 38 on Renault UE
Chinese Japanese 10 cm artillery equipped M10 GMC
T105 Sherman rocket launching tank
ColinEdm
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Posted: Saturday, January 13, 2018 - 05:10 PM GMT+7

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So something like the Dicker Max or Sturer Emil would qualify?



I dunno...even though only a couple of them were made, I don't really consider them 'Funnies' - they were more test vehicles, unless someone can give me a compelling argument...
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Posted: Saturday, January 13, 2018 - 12:38 PM GMT+7
So something like the Dicker Max or Sturer Emil would qualify?
ColinEdm
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Posted: Saturday, January 13, 2018 - 12:23 PM GMT+7
I don't think we need to limit it to one-offs, although that will add a certain cachet lol.
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Posted: Saturday, January 13, 2018 - 08:24 AM GMT+7
In addition to the M3A3 with the Flakvierling, the Yugoslav army also had M3A3 armed with Pak 40

Then there is the
Komsomolets with Pak 36
Flakpanzer on T34 of Schwere Panzerjager Abteilung 653
Panther with Flak 37
M3 Stuart with WW1 era 18 Pounder



Is the intent for relatively one off conversions due to expediency or need, or more along the lines of conversions to standard gun tanks? The vehicles listed are generally few in number but the references to Rommel's and Hobart's funnies alludes to a wider range of more numerous purpose built vehicles

Hobart's Funnies were quite numerous - Churchill Crocodile, Sherman Flail, Churchill AVRE in its various forms, etc. Similarly 'Rommel's Funnies' were numerous, 9 Sdkfz 6/3 'Diana', 12 Sig 33B (aka Bison II on panzer 2 chassis), over 20 15 cm s.F.H.13 on Lorraine- Schlepper, etc, with many more of the latter vehicles built than was sent to the WD.

I have a selection of vehicles that would fit the bill here if not limited to the one off, and depending on time frames I would be interested in joining.

ColinEdm
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Posted: Saturday, January 13, 2018 - 04:40 AM GMT+7
I know we recently completed an Improvised Ingenuity campaign, but has a "Funnies" campaign been done? I am thinking about one-off field conversions, oddball conversions, specialty vehicles etc. Such as Rommels Funnies, US Army Funnies, maybe even Hobarts Funnies, some examples:
Bren Carrier with 37mm Pak
Matilda with Pak
Sdkfz 251 with Calliope rocket launcher ( US Army modded a knocked out Sdkfz with a Calliope mounted on a Pak 40 to use its elevating mechanism)
Pz I with Stuk 40 ( my choice)
M3 Stuart with Flavierling
And so on. Given the German propensity for repurposing captured vehicles during WWII there may be a slight bias here but hopefully people will dig up some new oddballs. Can be any scale, air, sea or land, can be a fully released kit or a scratch built conversion, any era, there would just have to be photographic evidence of its existence. I'm thinking a fall 2018 start, any takers?

Interested:
1- ColinEdm, Panzerjaeger IB mit Stuk 40