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17pdr Achilles SP
I was inspired to upload my Achilles because of Nathan Elkins' fine M10 Tank Destroyer. Still trying to sort out the rear of the tank. My little boy likes it, and that is what matters to me.
About this creation
The 17 pounder, Self-Propelled, Achilles was a British variant of the American M10 Tank destroyer armed with the powerful British Ordnance QF 17 pounder anti-tank gun in place of the standard 3" (76.2 mm) Gun M7. With a total of 1,100 M10s converted, the 17 pdr SP Achilles was the second most numerous armoured fighting vehicle to see service armed with the 17 pounder gun, behind the Sherman Firefly.

The M10 was first made available to the British in 1943. These vehicles were open-topped and mounted a 3-inch American gun, which was significantly more powerful than the Ordnance QF 6 pounder that was mounted on British tanks of the period and was of equal power to the 7.5 cm KwK 40 used by the Panzer IV and Sturmgeschütz III. When introduced into service in late 1942, the thin but sloped armour of the M10 provided good protection against the standard 50 mm gun mounted on most German tanks and anti-tank guns, and the 3-inch (76 mm) gun was able to easily defeat all German armour except for the handful of Tigers deployed against the Western Allies.

The 17 pounder required a counterweight fitted behind the muzzle brake on its long barrel. This gave the Achilles a distinctive appearance compared to the M10 and there were attempts to disguise this by painting the brake and counterweight.

As a self-propelled anti-tank gun, Achilles as well as standard M10s were distributed to and operated by the regiments of the Royal Artillery. Around 1,650 M10 tank destroyers were received by the British during the war, of these 1,100 were converted to the 17 pdr by the end of the war.





Comments

 I like it 
  October 5, 2012
very nice!!! i like this tank!
 I made it 
  July 20, 2012
Quoting Alex Sonny This is just awesome. Personally, I prefer the Achilles turret over the original M10 turret. As long as you have the body, why don't you also do the M36 Slugger? It's the same tank, but different turret.
I originally made the M36 BEFORE this one. This one came out much better. :) Have been trying to make the M36 turret. Keeps coming out like this one. :)
 I like it 
  July 20, 2012
This is just awesome. Personally, I prefer the Achilles turret over the original M10 turret. As long as you have the body, why don't you also do the M36 Slugger? It's the same tank, but different turret.
 I made it 
  July 17, 2012
Quoting Builder Allan A cool little tank! Great details and shape for something this scale :-)
Thanks. I like building at this scale. Makes me think a lot more to get in the details that "make" the vehicle.
 I like it 
  July 17, 2012
A cool little tank! Great details and shape for something this scale :-)
 I made it 
  July 11, 2012
Quoting Matthew McCall Great work, you did an excellent job on the shaping, it's definitely a very high quality LDD tank destroyer.
Thank you. I have all the parts ordered for this one. My IRL Allied army consists of only 2 Stuart tanks. My son has built 9 German AFVs. I gotta catch up. :)
  July 11, 2012
Great work, you did an excellent job on the shaping, it's definitely a very high quality LDD tank destroyer.
 I like it 
  July 11, 2012
Nice!
 I like it 
  June 28, 2012
Lots of LDD tanks today. >Eric
 
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