Artikel von Sebastian Kubat
Battlefront macht langsam ernst!
Erste Miniaturen und Decals wurden heute auf der Website von Flames of War vorgestellt.
Ich bereite euch das mal nett vor und verlinke alles soweit möglich. Mein persönlicher Ersteindruck, stimmig, und sehr hübsch. Bleibt aber abzuwarten wie es im Gesamtkonzept wirkt.
includes two Magach 2 with optional Magach 3 L7 105mm guns, one Israeli Tank Commander sprue, four Rare earth magnets, four American Tank Commander figures (Vietnam option) & two .30 cal MG (Vietnam option).
In its on-going quest for more and better tanks, Israel managed to acquire more than a hundred M48A1and M48A2C tanks from West Germany and the United States. These were codenamed Magach (Battering Ram).
The Centurion’s suspension was thought more suitable for the rocky ground in central and northern Israel, so the Magach was assigned to Southern Command for operations in the Sinai Desert where its greater speed and range proved useful.
Having upgraded their Centurions with 105mm L7 guns, the Israelis started experimenting with upgunning their Magach 2 tanks as well. By the time of the Six-Day War, they had a company of Magach 3 fitted with the 105mm gun and ready for combat. These were found to be far more effective than the older 90mm guns against the Arabs’ heavilyarmoured T-55 and IS-3 tanks.
includes two M51 Isherman tanks, one Tank Commander sprue & four Rare earth magnets.The M51 Isherman was developed in direct response to the ever growing number of IS-3 and SU-100 in the arsenals of the Arab nations. It was the French that first came to the aid of the Israelis in the form of the CN-105-F1 gun. However, the high muzzle velocity created a recoil length that was far too great fit inside the Sherman turret in its standard configuration. The Israeli solution was simple; reduce the barrel length by 1.5 meters to lower the muzzle velocity and add a muzzle brake to further reduce the amount of recoil. The modified version of the gun was designated the D1504 L/44 and was mounted inside the modified turret of a M4A1 (76)W HVSS (Horizontal Volute Suspension System) Sherman.
Powered by a Cummins 460hp diesel engine, the M51 also included modifications to steering, transmission and exhaust systems. Ammunition stowage was also adapted for the D1504 gun which was mounted in newly designed gun mantlet. Other design features included 95mm smoke dischargers fitted to the side of the turret and a new turret bustle. These modifications pushed the overall weight from the original 39 tons to 46 tons; this gave the M51 a top speed of 45kmph and an operation range of 270 kilometres.
While the first M51s were rolled out in 1962, it wasn’t until 1967 that it was first used operationally during the border skirmishes with Syrian just prior to the Six-Day war. The M51 remained in Israeli service during the forthcoming War of Attrition and into the Yom Kippur War in 1973 where it was capable of vanquishing more modern designs such as the Soviet built T-62 that were being fielded by the Syrian and Egyptian forces.
includes four Israeli decal sheets suitable for Tanks The Suez Crisis was the Israeli’s first experience of large-scale tank operations and it was quickly realised that if markings were not legible under normal conditions they were sure to be missed in the heat of combat. By the time of the Six-Day War broke out in June 1967 the Israeli Defence Force had significantly increased the size of vehicle markings in an attempt to make them more recognisable to friendly units.