M60A1 w. M9 dozer
Until the release of this kit by ACADEMY the only way to build a dozer was VERLINDENâ€™s conversion kit.
Upon opening the box
you are rather pleased by the sheer amount of parts inside. The M60A1 itself has a rather impressive amount of parts and with all those reactive armour and dozer parts the box really becomes cramped.
The M60A1 is a very good kit and can be build straight from the box.
I decided not to attach the reactive armour as I will build a marine M60A1 with this armour suit at a later stage.
I covered the smoke
grenade launcher parts E21 and E22 with the usual TESA KREPP adhesive tape cut to form to simulate the leather covers used. Part D14 received the usual handle and the hulls tow hook assembly Parts C10 - 12 and C19
had to be assembled upside down so they donâ€™t point to the ground as indicated in the instructions. A lot of accessories come straight with the kit! So far so good for the M60A1.
The M9 dozer assembly is a separate kit and can be purchased as such by ACADEMY.
Basically it is rather usefull when building the dozer versions. The only problem with it is: It is not complete! ACADEMY did not
care to enclose the hydraulics attached to the tank itself. These will have to be scratch build, the hydraulic system is located on the left rear fender and back side of the tank. You will have to cut the fenderâ€™s
section with the toolâ€™s box and replace it by a scratch build version of the systemâ€™s components.
Too bad if you have already assembled the hull - like me.
The pictures on this site may show you a little
more. I suggest you get a lot of refsâ€™. VERLINDENâ€™s Warmachines at best.
The dozer needs one or two lifting hooks attached to the blade. Just as bad as the fender thing - the actuator mechanism, handles to
operate the dozer from the driverâ€™s station, will have to be scratch build, as they are missing. The revised lighting system is not usable either and has to be modified largely, too.....
I can only advise you
not to purchase this kit but to opt for VERLINDENâ€™s kit. It has all necessary detail and gives you great advice for the completion of a dozer. The detail VERLINDENâ€™s kit has can hardly be obtained by scratch
building with the common skills a modeler like me has....
Finally I decided to give the old Patton a special highlight. I am growing tired of the usual greens and browns so I decided to have a desert MERDC
Thanks to Wim Vink and Bob Morales for the help on this.
The colours used are HUMBROLâ€™s M187/ M29 and black and a mixture of yellow and light tan.
Do not misunderstand me, the M60A1 kit by
ACADEMY is a real good choice, only the dozer is simply not complete.
As well I am afraid that the M60â€™s tracksâ€™ moulds by ACADEMY are getting old, The track is way too wide and I had to cut the complete
inner row of connectors to get it under the fenders. This problem is new to this kit and not everyone may want to purchase AFV-CLUBâ€™s excellent track-pack.
Michael Green, Greg Stewart - CONCORD Publication - M60
SQUADRON SIGNAL Publication - M60 Patton in action
FRANCOIS VERLINDEN - Warmachines M60