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75mm Howitzer Motor Carriage M8A1 - Stuart in TD's Clothing
The M8A1 was an American tank destroyer in use during WWII.
About this creation

A view of the tank destroyer from the rear. The turret has a 360 degree range of rotation.


A view from above, showing the turret detail and the loading mechanism. I know the loader's not completely accurate, but I couldn't find parts to make it accurate and good-looking, so I settled on making it look cool.


HISTORICAL DATA:
Weight: 15 tons
Armament: 75mm M3 Howitzer, Browning M2HB .50-caliber machine gun

The 75 mm Howitzer Motor Carriage M8, sometimes known as the M8 Scott, was a self-propelled howitzer vehicle of the United States developed during the Second World War. It was developed on the chassis of the then-new Light Tank M5 (Stuart VI). The test vehicle had the standard M5 turret removed, and replaced with an open-topped turret, this vehicle was designated the T17E1 HMC. Armament consisted of a new open-topped turret armed with a 75 mm M2 howitzer, later an 75 mm M3 howitzer, which were reworks of the M1A1 pack howitzer. It carried 46 rounds of 75 mm ammunition; types of ammunition carried were Smoke M89 and H.E. (High Explosive) M48. It featured no coaxial or hull mounted Browning M1919A4 .30-06 machine guns as featured on standard Light Tank M5s. The only other armament was Browning M2HB .50-caliber machine gun for local area, and anti-aircraft defense; 400 rounds of .50-caliber were stowed onboard for the M2HB. (Source: World of Tanks Wiki)

MODEL DATA:
Brick Count: 1015

This was a fun model to build. Like the T82, I simply built in on top of a stripped-down T18 chassis, which made building much easier. I'm not completely satisfied with the turret, but in the end it looked all right. My next model will be the T40, which I'll have to build completely from scratch. Yay!

Also, an odd but fun fact: this build has more parts than my M40 build. Check it out, and you'll see why that seems odd to me.

Enjoy!

Also, I've now added building instructions for you monkeys to get your digital fingers on. Don't redistibute them as your own, and if you're going to attempt to build one in real life, notify me first.


Building instructions
Download building instructions (LEGO Digital Designer)

Comments

 I like it 
  March 10, 2014
Great model! The turret detailing is amazing. Nice job!
  February 27, 2014
Great tank! I kept getting the M8A1 TD confused with the M8 Greyhound armored car! :D
 I like it 
  January 26, 2014
Amazing work!
 I made it 
  January 24, 2014
Quoting Dr. Monster Really great tank. Your style and designs are killer.
Quoting Henrik Hoexbroe Very nice! -Shame about the impossible Lego-colour, though..
Quoting Rolling bricks Really nice work!
Thanks so much for the comments, guys! All you commenters are what motivates me to make more builds! Speaking of which, I'm now working on the T40, which is shaping up to either be really pretty or hideous. :P The armor on that TD is really awkward to build, so it should be interesting to see how it turns out...
 I made it 
  January 24, 2014
Quoting D. P. Awesome! Lots of details!
Thank you!
 I like it 
  January 24, 2014
Really nice work!
 I like it 
  January 24, 2014
Very nice! -Shame about the impossible Lego-colour, though..
 I like it 
  January 24, 2014
Really great tank. Your style and designs are killer.
 I like it 
  January 24, 2014
Awesome! Lots of details!
 I made it 
  January 24, 2014
Quoting sm 01 I do cars but I appreciate a good tank when I see it - well done!
Thanks!
 I made it 
  January 24, 2014
Quoting Builder Allan VERY awesome! Great work shaping the front, very unique shape. The turret is awesome too! Never mind the loader isn't accurate, it is an awesome feat that you even managed to fit it in there :-O All in all a very accurate looking model, and very well built :-)
Thank you!
 I like it 
  January 24, 2014
I do cars but I appreciate a good tank when I see it - well done!
 I like it 
  January 24, 2014
VERY awesome! Great work shaping the front, very unique shape. The turret is awesome too! Never mind the loader isn't accurate, it is an awesome feat that you even managed to fit it in there :-O All in all a very accurate looking model, and very well built :-)
 I made it 
  January 23, 2014
Quoting Claw Paradox Well done! Looks magnificent.
Thank you!
 I like it 
  January 23, 2014
Well done! Looks magnificent.
 I made it 
  January 23, 2014
Quoting Kevin Moyer Sweet! It looks awesome! That is digitally rendered, is it not? What program did you use?
Thanks! And the program I use is called POV-Ray. It's windows only (as far as I know) and requires a special converter to render LXF files.
 I like it 
  January 23, 2014
Sweet! It looks awesome! That is digitally rendered, is it not? What program did you use?
 
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