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Chilean Sherman

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Many of us forget that the Sherman tank continued to soldier on long after it was retired in the west, well Klaus Eberl reminds us of this with his offering of an M50 Sherman with 60mm HVMS Chilean Army. Something I like to see in this offering is that it is an old Dragon Model offering that has been used, reinforcing that old does not mean obsolete.

This Dragon Model has been dressed via the use of resin, photo etched parts and an aluminium barrel conversion made by Greg Buechler Enterprises, some scratch work and turned metal antennas have also been used in the model. The painting and weathering has been performed using K4 and Ammo of Mig products. The stowage is parts from Meng Model and Tamiya bits, plus home made improvements. The M50 Sherman with 60mm HVMS in Chilean Army service was achieved using Bison Decals.
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About the Author

About Klaus Eberl (dexter059)
FROM: REGION DE VALPARAISO, CHILE

Active duty Chilean Navy Officer, close to 20 years of service. Happily married and 2 beautiful kids. Ive been modelling on a regular basis since 1997. Mainly focused in "modern" armor in 1/35, but recently Ive started with WWII subjects as well. Particularly keen on NATO and Chilean Armed Forces ...


Comments

To my research and understanding, these Chilean Sherman's DID NOT participate in any battle/conflict. They were eventually replaced with the Leopard and AMX 30. Rumor has it that these Sherman's remained in service into 2002.
MAY 09, 2016 - 04:29 PM
To my research and understanding, these Chilean Sherman's DID NOT participate in any battle/conflict. They were eventually replaced with the Leopard and AMX 30. Rumor has it that these Sherman's remained in service into 2002.[/quote] thanks for that
MAY 09, 2016 - 04:37 PM
Wouldn't some have seen combat against left-wing guerillas after the 1973 Coup?
MAY 09, 2016 - 07:16 PM
this chileanshermans are from idf-zahal stocks.can also have the m4-sherman still inthe military inventory is the paraguayan army.
MAY 09, 2016 - 08:25 PM
Thanks for the kind comments guys. Please note that some artistic licence were taken during this build, particularly the camo (I didn't set my airbrush well) and the use of a .50 cal (they used a .30 cal or no one at all), so be careful of using this images as reference for your builds. I like the end result anyway. So there's my disclaimer Indeed, the M50 was still in Chilean Army service until replaced by Leo 1V bought from Netherlands stock. The tanks were received in mid 80's with no armament, and modernized at the same time M24 Chaffee 's using the same israeeli made 60mm HVMS gun. Also both tanks received new diesel engines, thus the odd exhaust on rear right deck. About combat, only Chilean Army tanks ever firing in anger were M41's during the military intervention of 1973. On a side note, I must say that Bison Decals are quite well researched. And a sheet can be used to build many tanks in quite atractive paint schemes. Only problem they are OOP, but some were re-released by AK Interactive Cheers
MAY 09, 2016 - 09:03 PM
Klaus, beautiful build! Is Israel or any other nation still using the 60mm cannon shown here? Any good references on its performance? Out here in the US Army in the Pacific we have been very happy with Chile's involvement as a Pacific Army and nation! Cheers!
MAY 09, 2016 - 10:21 PM
IIRC the 60MM HVMS gun is still in use on M113s and Marders etc around the world, but I do not think the IDF ever used the gun on any production vehicles.
MAY 09, 2016 - 10:36 PM
the model of the chilean army is the m50-isherman. one modification of the ww2 fame sherman.
MAY 10, 2016 - 02:32 AM
Thanks for your comments guys. To the best of my knowledge the only user of the HVMS 60mm gun was the Chilean Army, even Israel only mounted it on prototipes.
MAY 10, 2016 - 03:26 AM
Well, l cannot comment on accuracy issues and Klaus already made his disclaimer but the modell just looks great. Just as l would expect such an old and worn out vehicle would appear. Wear and tear on the edges, the slight metal sheen on hull and turret - l could go on for a while... A pleasure to look at! PS: beautiful area you live in! I happen to have cycled there a little bit during a argentinean-chilean mountain bike-tour back in 2013.
MAY 14, 2016 - 11:56 AM