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Sabot
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Posted: Sunday, December 22, 2002 - 04:07 PM UTC
Just scored an old kit of the Ringo Airborne Tank T-92. These things usually go for big bucks, but for some reason no one bid on this one but me. For those of you who don't know what the T-92 was, it was going to be the light anti-tank vehicle for the airborne forces until they added the requirement for an amphibious capability. Because of this, the Sheridan was developed and the T-92 went by the wayside.

Neat looking vehicle, the Hunnicutt Sheridan light tank history book has a chapter on this vehicle and there is one next to the Ordnance Museum at Aberdeen Proving Grounds.

I guess I have an affinity for unusual armor, especially the "almost were" tanks.
stugiiif
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Posted: Sunday, December 22, 2002 - 05:41 PM UTC
hey sabot can you post a scan of the box top, or add a few pics from the book. i'm curious to see this tank.

stug
MrRoo
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Posted: Sunday, December 22, 2002 - 08:20 PM UTC

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hey sabot can you post a scan of the box top, or add a few pics from the book. i'm curious to see this tank.

stug

also what year were these. I too like oddball stuff

Cliff.

Oh by the way Compliments Of the Season to you all. (:-)
Sabot
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Posted: Monday, December 23, 2002 - 01:58 AM UTC
Here's a link to the auction I won: T-92. I've seen half built ones with missing parts go for more than this on eBay. I guess the lack of "T-92" anywhere in the description might have let it slip by the radar scope.

According to Hunnicutt, the tank was in development in the mid 50s until intel reports showed the Soviets were using the amphibious PT-76 in 1957. When it was decided that the T-92 couldn't be made amphibious, the program was cancelled in 1958. Development of the Sheridan began in 1959.

I like the "feared & used by airborne forces" description. Only two pilot tanks were produced and a subsequent order for two additional tanks was cancelled before they were completed.
Kencelot
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Posted: Monday, December 23, 2002 - 02:22 AM UTC
That's a very cool looking tank Rob. One that I've never heard of.
Nice win. It's a good thing he gave it a stange description for the title.
viper29_ca
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Posted: Monday, December 23, 2002 - 03:47 AM UTC
Did this tank have 2 different gun options? The pictures show 2 main guns......unless the the gun is in halves.....which would be a real pain!!! LOL
GunTruck
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Posted: Monday, December 23, 2002 - 04:30 AM UTC
Nice score Rob - I'd have bid on the model if I paid more attention to e-Bay. Looks like a really nice addition to a collection.

Gunnie
barron
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Posted: Monday, December 23, 2002 - 04:58 AM UTC
I think that the Army should have kept that one and ditched the Sherdian. It had great hunter killer looks. Low and small.
Sabot
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Posted: Monday, December 23, 2002 - 01:51 PM UTC
The gun is a 76mm gun and it looks like the whole gun assembly goes straight down the center. Depending on the scale and caliber, I may be able to replace the barrel with one for the M-41. If not, I've removed seam lines from gun tubes before.

As far as eBay is concerned, it's quite a crap shoot. I got the Airfix 1/32 scale M3 Lee for $6.16+$5 s/h. A mint kit that normally goes for $40. Other times I see folks bidding on Squadron Signal In Action books for over $10. Most of these are available at Squadron for $8.50!
stugiiif
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Posted: Monday, December 23, 2002 - 02:09 PM UTC
he shoots, he scores. nice job, i'm jealous i usually don't get my hands on the old ones, please post the finished pics stug
Kencelot
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Posted: Monday, December 23, 2002 - 03:46 PM UTC
I just had to search for an actual pic of the tank...I just can't help it. I like to search for things.


Sabot
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Posted: Monday, December 23, 2002 - 04:03 PM UTC
Yes, that's the one right next to the APG museum. I wonder where the other pilot vehicle is. It shares some M-41 parts like the tracks, although in the Hunnicutt book he shows that they also tested a band-type track. The twin cupolas are very "M-48-looking".
shootER5
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Posted: Wednesday, March 05, 2003 - 07:08 PM UTC
I saw that kit at a model show two or three years ago. I'm still kicking myself for not picking it up then...