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M48 'Archer' Tankette
Well, finals are finally over, and it's been awhile since I've done one of these "Armored Profiles" for my 18th, so here goes!
About this creation
Starting off as a direct-fire variant of the 'Grunt' SPG serving from light transports, the M48 underwent radical changes to its entire structure to make its performance better. It does, however, retain the same chassis and engine as the Grunt. The black and white rings on the barrel mark the kills the crew has made.

Though the tankette went out with the end of WWII, I thought I'd do a throwback to the old days and see how it went.

Holding two crewmen, the turret is entirely remote-controlled from the rear. It automatically loads its own six-pound projectiles (AP or HE depending on the gunners commands) and ejects them through a port at the rear; similar to a handgun. One 12.7mm machine gun is also remote controlled, and is traversed co-axially with the main gun.

Just one hatch serves the two tankers, rather cramped.





A quick modification turns the M48 'Archer' into the M48-b 'Sparky' flamethrower for urban combat.

Well-sloped under armor helps to deflect mine explosions to protect the crew.



Comments

 I like it 
  May 19, 2010
Ultra, you've been one of my favorite builders almost since I've joined moc pages, this tank is just another reason why. The entire set is amazing i do have to agree tho that u should have left the multicolored barrel out of it but the tank itself reminds me of metal slug, lol. Great build overall and keep it up.
 I made it 
  May 15, 2010
Quoting Awesome-o-saurus The Not-So-Great Interesting little vehicle here, but this is not a COP creation, therefore, it should not be in the COP. I allow UNE things featuring the COP, but some of these things go a bit beyond my line which I'm only now telling you about.
Mmm, too bad.
 I like it 
  May 15, 2010
Interesting little vehicle here, but this is not a COP creation, therefore, it should not be in the COP. I allow UNE things featuring the COP, but some of these things go a bit beyond my line which I'm only now telling you about.
 I made it 
  May 14, 2010
Quoting LegoTrooper 101 Very sleek! However, the angled floor armor is lacking in protecting the wheels, which would pop right off in the event of a mine detonation. Otherwise, very clean, well-built MOC.
Yes, but the veteran crew survives, no? Most mine deflecting armor is aimed at protecting men, not machines.
 I made it 
  May 14, 2010
I guess I should have mentioned this sooner; the trike is from the Indiana Jones series, it was more for size comparison. Thanks everyone for the kind words!
 I like it 
  May 14, 2010
Nicely built! like the uses of the bricks in the turret!
 I like it 
  May 14, 2010
Sweet, I might have some pieces to build one of thouse tanks.
 I like it 
  May 14, 2010
Cool little tank! I like the tricycle, too!
 I like it 
  May 14, 2010
What a sweet little design. this is a great Moc mate with all its little touches, like the bike, the kill colors on the barrel, the crew etc. Really all fits well together. Go Ultraamarine!
 I like it 
  May 14, 2010
Looks really good. Very sleek and not messy. You did a good job with the tiny details, Such as the gun rings.
  May 14, 2010
Very sleek! However, the angled floor armor is lacking in protecting the wheels, which would pop right off in the event of a mine detonation. Otherwise, very clean, well-built MOC.
 I like it 
  May 14, 2010
This is a nice design on the tank and a well presented MOC. I do love a nice presentation and this one is focused and clean. The tank, again, is pretty sweet.
 I like it 
  May 14, 2010
From the Hatches to the treads - this is great! (I must say, I love the flamer version the best) Awesome work, here!
 I like it 
  May 14, 2010
Pretty sweet. It reminds me of the Bonaparte from Domanion Tank Police.
 I like it 
  May 14, 2010
Awesome! Ilove its tiny size and look!
 
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