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USMC M1A1 - Questions on Markings
cabasner
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Posted: Sunday, February 10, 2019 - 03:39 PM UTC
Hi All,

I've been intrigued with the below image of a USMC M1A1 ever since I first saw the picture (I know this is a USMC copyrighted photo...use for info only). I plan to duplicate this tank/image, using the Meng TS-032, USMC M1A1 kit, but, I have no idea what the markings look like on this tank on the front bumper and the rear of the tank (the info on the image shows this to be a training tank at 29 Palms). Based on the image, can any of you Marine tank guys give me an idea what the markings might look like, or at least, the best way to come up with markings that would at least not be glaringly wrong, and, ideally, what aftermarket decals might be best to use. Many thanks in advance!

Epi
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Posted: Sunday, February 10, 2019 - 04:24 PM UTC
Curt,
USMC tanks usually don't have bumper numbers like Army tanks have, just registration numbers and sometimes, chevrons.

Here are a few sets I found for you.





cabasner
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Posted: Monday, February 11, 2019 - 12:47 AM UTC
Pete, you are always there to help!! Many thanks, my friend!
dinovision79
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Posted: Monday, February 11, 2019 - 01:30 AM UTC
Hi Curt,

The first few posts in this thread could help you, especially #5, wip, finished photos and history of the tank.

http://www.armorama.com/modules.php?op=modload&name=SquawkBox&file=index&req=viewtopic&topic_id=201781&page=1

Regards
Denes
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Posted: Monday, February 11, 2019 - 01:31 AM UTC
As I recall the EAP vehicles at 29 Palms did not have chevrons cause they where rental tanks, just registration numbers (USMC 6 Digits).
cabasner
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Posted: Thursday, February 28, 2019 - 04:30 PM UTC
All,

Thanks to everyone who posted in this thread. Now, I'm left with one last challenge...finding the decals for the 'Grim Reaper' on the smoke grenade lockers. I've tried writing to c2jerrett, at Missing-Lynx who built his own version of this tank back in 2012, but I've never received a response from him regarding the decals (his tank is shown in one of links that dinovision79 posted; many thanks for that, Denes!), but even with the decals that my friend Pete Becerra posted, that particular decal is not included. I guess, worst case, I could recreate this tank without those 'Grim Reaper' decals, but I think it would be lacking a significant identifying feature.

I would truly appreciate hearing from anyone with any thoughts about these decals!!!
cabasner
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Posted: Wednesday, March 06, 2019 - 09:37 AM UTC
In case anyone cares, I got an answer about the Grim Reaper from Chris Jarrett, and the answer is that the Grim Reaper was hand painted after a bit of practice. Iíll need to see if my painting skills are up to the challenge! 😊
Kenaicop
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Posted: Wednesday, March 06, 2019 - 09:49 AM UTC
Draw it out or find it on the web and make your own decals to place on the model, instead of painting directly onto the model by hand
11Bravo_C2
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Posted: Wednesday, March 06, 2019 - 11:34 AM UTC
Some do seem to have a unit bumper #. This one from 13 MEU did sport a B3-2 on the rear.

https://goo.gl/1L7gQQ
errains
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Posted: Wednesday, March 06, 2019 - 01:27 PM UTC
BTW that is the same Abrams in the link as the one in the first post, same registration number...Koolness