1/700 Scale WW2 US M10 Wolverine Tank Destroyer.
Contains 10 highly detailed tanks.
M10 Wolverine Tank Destroyer
- 10x M10 Wolverine Tank Destroyers
The M10 tank destroyer
was an American tank destroyer
of World War II
. After US entry into World War II and the formation of the Tank Destroyer Force, a suitable vehicle was needed to equip the new battalions. By November 1941, the Army requested a vehicle with a gun in a fully rotating turret after other interim models were criticized for being too poorly designed. The prototype of the M10 was conceived in early 1942, being delivered in April of that year. After appropriate changes to the hull and turret were made, the modified version was selected for production in June 1943 as the 3-inch Gun Motor Carriage M10
. It mounted a 3-inch (76.2 mm) Gun M7
in a rotating turret on a modified M4A2 Sherman tank chassis. An alternate model, the M10A1, which used the chassis of an M4A3 Sherman tank, was also produced. Production of the two models ran from September 1942 to December 1943 and October 1942 to November 1943, respectively.
The M10 was numerically the most important U.S. tank destroyer of World War II. It combined thin but sloped
armor with the M4 Sherman's
reliable drivetrain and a reasonably potent anti-tank weapon mounted in an open-topped turret. Despite its obsolescence in the face of more powerful German tanks like the Panther
and the introduction of more powerful and better-designed types as replacements, the M10 remained in service until the end of the war. During World War II, the primary user of the M10 tank destroyer was the United States, but many were Lend-Leased
to the United Kingdom
and Free French
forces. Several dozen were also sent to the Soviet Union
. Post-war, the M10 was given as military surplus to several countries, such as Belgium
, and the Netherlands
, through the Mutual Defense Assistance Act
or acquired through other means by countries like Israel
and the Republic of China
The M10 is often referred to by the nickname "Wolverine", but the origin of this nickname is unknown. It is possibly a postwar invention. Unlike other vehicles such as the M4 Sherman
, M5 Stuart
, or M7 Priest
, the M10 was never assigned a nickname or referred to with one when used by American soldiers.
They simply called it a "TD" (a nickname for any tank destroyer in general) beyond its formal designation.
Some part cleanup will be necessary. The 3D printing process uses a waxy substance to support certain part features during the printing process. Although the parts are cleaned by Shapeways, some waxy residue may remain. It can be safely removed with water and a mild aqueous detergent like "Simple Green" using an old, soft toothbrush, Q-tips or pipe cleaners. During the printing process, liquid resin is cured by ultraviolet light. Microscopic bits of resin may remain uncured.
Let your parts sit in direct sunlight for a few hours to fully cure the resin.
Water-based acrylic paints meant for plastics is strongly recommended. Other paints, especially enamels, may not cure on Frosted Detail 3D-printed plastics.
Use dedicated model sprue cutters to remove parts to minimise the risk of damage to parts.
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