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Thursday, 12 January 2017

Aotrs Shipyards Jan 2017 Release: M60A1 Variants (144)

Aotrs Shipyards is a web store on Shapeways.com, a 3D print house which had production and shipping facilities located in the USA and the Netherlands.

For the next month or two, you can expect (fairly simple) variants of existing models, as starting next week, the thrust of my work is going to be doing a couple more casting master commissions for Kallistra.

This month, then, because it was (relatively!) quick and easy, we have some new (144th) versions of the M60A1, with searchlights and/or smoke dischargers.

Now, when I came to look at this – and this is partly why I didn't put them on the first time – it's difficult to ascertain what tanks had one, both or neither! There wasn't really any consistency in any of the photos I found. (Nor was any of the written texts very helpful!)

In fact, at one point, I found a photo ostensibly of the front shot of an M60A3 and M60A1 side-by-side and I'll be fragged if I could see any differences between the two aside from the former not having a searchlight!

So I decided I might as well do three versions, one with both and one with one or the other and you can take your pick!

(But if anyone wants to enlighten me – with some pictures! – of the visible external differences between a M60A1 and M60A3, that could also go in the queue. My cursory searches suggest that principally, the difference is the gun barrel has a thicker portion that is the thermal sleeve, but that's about it.)

So then:

M60A1 with searchlight and smoke dischargers

M60A1 with searchlight and smoke dischargers

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M60A1 with searchlight

M60A1 with searchlight

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M60A1 with smoke dischargers

M60A1 with smoke dischargers

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Photo is of the Rep 2 prototype. Only the one photo, since it shows both parts and I didn't think it was worth printing all three versions for the sake of it!)

(This one, by-the-by, has the production-standard slightly thicker barrel I mentioned on the original M60A1 release, that the older prototype didn't.)

Next month's release with be the Mk 3 Centurion (with and without skirts), in time for Hammerhead 2017. (Where UshCha will be putting on a Manoeuvre Group game of alternate history World War II, in 1946.)

Shapeways, Aotrs Shipyards