Saturday, November 30, 2013

1941 US Army Alternate Tank History

T6 tank with Italeri US Army tank commander.

I think they go well together.

He has his Colt M1911 .45 pistol.

I plan on keeping it with the Tootsietoy Lee tank.

They look great together.

Friday, November 29, 2013

Victorian London

My friend Richard is a master diorama builder.

He has built a small bit of London in the era of Sherlock Holmes.

Many of the buildings are scratch built.

Visit his website to see how this was all put together and the photos of the full scene; all in 28mm.

Thursday, November 28, 2013

T6 Tank

Wayne did the T6 75 mm gun version.

I did the triple .50 caliber AA gun version.

When the US Army had the M2 medium tank they wanted a tank with a 75 mm gun.

So they came up with the Lee tank with the 75 mm gun in a sponson. 

The Lee was an interim design until this tank could be developed and constructed.

A WWII German SWS halftrack with the T6 tank

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Pershing and T6

Master Modeler Wayne Wanner has done it again!

He has upgraded the basic model with a few on board tools and lifting eyes.

Here it is with an HO scale T26 Pershing Heavy Tank.

Both ends of WWII era US Army tank development.

The T6 was the prototype for the Sherman and the M26 was the replacement for it.

Both tanks in resin in HO 1/87th scale.

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

T6 Tank

This is a resin vehicle in HO scale.

The US Army made one prototype as far as I can tell, but not this version.

They did the 75mm gun version.  They also intended a twin 37mm gun version, and a 57mm gun version.

They also intended a 105mm howitzer version too.

I plan on making several of each of them, they make interesting alternate history vehicles for early US Army vs Japan and Germany wargames.

5 .30 caliber machine guns and 3 .50 caliber machine guns is a lot of machine guns.  Banzai charge that bad boy!

Monday, November 25, 2013

Sherman Prototype T6 Tank

This is the US Army tank T-6.

It was the prototype that lead to the Sherman series of nearly 50,000 vehicles.

There were five versions, this one is has three .50 caliber anti-aircraft machine guns.

It had the suspension and engine of the Lee tank.

It was the tank everyone wanted but had to wait for and the Lee was built as an interim design.

The side hull hatches were deleted in the production vehicles and the cupola was changed out for a lower profile version without machine gun.

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Town Battle

Churches are always useful in wargames, the steeple can be used for artillery observation.

If the brick were repainted so each building was matching, it would tie the buildings together as a town.

A WWII American infantry squad on patrol in the town.

The squad and two superheroes confront a monster!

The battle rages!

And by night the town is secure again, and the monster and the soldiers are gone.

Saturday, November 23, 2013


This year most of the buildings from Dollar Tree were too unique to merit the purchase of more than one.

From the back some are rather generic.

They only had two churches, this year.  I like churches as much as anyone, but two churches out of 12 buildings is still a rather high ratio.

This building is good, but I am not too happy with the top of the steeple / tower.

A few of the buildings would be better with a new paintjob I think.

The street lamps were one of the best deals this year, four for a dollar.

Friday, November 22, 2013

Building Backs

The backside of the Dollar Tree Christmas buildings is nice too.

Some companies think you are going to light the buildings and so they put a big hole in the back of the building.

Dollar Tree does not do that with their buildings.

The back of these buildings is solid as the front.

It is helpful when troops, monsters and superheroes are in back alleys.