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3-inch Howitzer Motor Carriage M9/T40 - A Better Lee
The M9/T40 was a prototype tank destroyer that was designed during WWII. It nearly went into production, but was cancelled.
About this creation

A view from behind, showing the tailights and the rear of the vehicle.


A view from above, showing the gun breech and the interior of the tank destroyer. I'm quite proud of the interior, if I do say so myself.

HISTORICAL DATA:
Weight: 20.3 tons
Armament: M1918 3-inch gun

The U.S. Army expressed a need for a vehicle capable of stopping and destroying enemy tanks. The new vehicle, dubbed the "Tank Destroyer", would have the same armor protection and general mobility of a standard tank, but would be heavily armed with enough punch to decimate enemy armored formations. Up until 1941, the only vehicles available were modified trucks and half-tracks, which lacked greatly in the mobility, firepower and armor departments.
During the summer of 1941, Baldwin Locomotive Works began development of a vehicle to fill the need for a true tank destroyer. They began with the chassis of an M3 Lee medium tank, added a modified superstructure with an open, hexagonally-shaped top, and armed the vehicle with the M1918 3-inch gun. The Ordnance Department accepted the vehicle for testing at Aberdeen at the end of the summer, designating it the T24 gun motor carriage. However, the extremely high silhouette of the vehicle was thought to detract from its ability to stalk its prey, and gun was found to be lacking in range and accuracy. The T24 was returned to Baldwin for adjustments.

What Baldwin later returned to the Army was basically a somewhat improved T24. Indeed, it was the T24 pilot vehicle, simply modified with a slightly lower superstructure and some minor improvements to the weapon and related systems. The vehicle was accepted for testing at Aberdeen once more, this time under the designation of T40. The Ordnance Department was still far from impressed, but a surprise attack on Pearl Harbor by the Japanese, and the subsequent entry of the United States into the war prompted the vehicle's adoption as the Army's first standardized full-track tank destroyer. It was christened the 3-inch Gun Motor Carriage, M9, and a production contract was awarded for 1,000 examples.
However, as the vehicle was not truly up the Army's standards, the contract was cancelled only four months later, in April 1942. The M9 had simply proven too slow, and furthermore, its 3-inch main armament was not available in sufficient quantity. As the vehicle had a basis on the M3 Lee medium tank, the silhouette was also above the minimum for a vehicle intended as an ambush predator. The Tank Destroyer Board finally abandoned the project at the end of the summer of 1942, officially due to the insufficient mobility and speed of the vehicle.

MODEL DATA:
Brick Count: 1296

I am less than pleased with how this turned out.
This is not my best work. I didn't like how the front armor turned out, and I didn't like all the gaps and weird slopes and such. It just... doesn't look good. Blech. Admittedly, this particular tank destroyer has some REALLY weird front armor, and it was pretty difficult to get it to work at all, let alone look good. Ah well. At least the interior turned out nice.
So what do you think? Hideous or not? Tell me in the comments!

EDIT: welp, clearly you guys disagree with me on the quality of this. Thanks for all the amazing comments on this build! I guess the front was alright after all...

Enjoy!


Building instructions
Download building instructions (LEGO Digital Designer)

Comments

 I like it 
  February 15, 2014
Very good, considering how difficult it must have been. The T-40 has a very awkward design that is difficult to replicate with Legos, but you did it well!
 I made it 
  February 14, 2014
Quoting LegoJediMaster . Wow that is very detailed! How long did that take?
It took... I'm not sure, really. We'll call it A Very Long Time (or about four hours.) Thanks!
 I made it 
  January 27, 2014
Quoting Alex Sonny This is very nice! One of your best builds, I could say. The level of detail is amazing and the front shape is superbly done, The angles achieved with the angle plates are perfect. The interior is full of detail too, the gun breech being the best. And as before, I can't wait for your M3 Lee!
Thank you! It'll be a while before I make the Lee. I plan to finish the tank destroyers and then do the lights. Then I'll do mediums, at which point I will do the Lee. It'll probably be a fun build, and may end up looking like a T40 with a covered top, an M8A1 turret on top, and a T18 turret nailed to the front. :P
 I like it 
  January 27, 2014
This is very nice! One of your best builds, I could say. The level of detail is amazing and the front shape is superbly done, The angles achieved with the angle plates are perfect. The interior is full of detail too, the gun breech being the best. And as before, I can't wait for your M3 Lee!
 I made it 
  January 27, 2014
Quoting Claw Paradox Very nice model! I think my M4 Sherman has red taillights too.
Really? I'll check that out. The Hellcat's got taillights as well. It's kinda weird, I never really noticed that ANY of them had taillights until I really looked, and then I was like "Huh. cool." Thanks!
 I made it 
  January 27, 2014
Quoting Matthew McCall If you ask me this is really neat, it's not ugly at all. Anyway, I still play T40 in WOT despite having access to better vehicles.
I play the T40 occasionally as well. Currently my highest tier is a Hellcat (LOVE that TD) but I play the T40 when I get bored of that. The fact that it's a tier IV TD that gets a tier VI gun is awesome.
 I made it 
  January 27, 2014
Quoting cyberfrank 2010 it s cool, it was no easy task, the shape was very particular, you have a high standard, it s great in my book.
Wow! thanks!
 I like it 
  January 26, 2014
simply incredible.
 I like it 
  January 26, 2014
Wow that is very detailed! How long did that take?
 I like it 
  January 26, 2014
it s cool, it was no easy task, the shape was very particular, you have a high standard, it s great in my book.
 I like it 
  January 26, 2014
I love it! AND you will be able to reuse the chasis for an M3 Lee later on.
 I like it 
  January 26, 2014
Very nice model! I think my M4 Sherman has red taillights too.
 I like it 
  January 26, 2014
Awesome tank! great detail work!
 I like it 
  January 26, 2014
Great build, good job mimicing the anges on it and the details are good. I have all ways seemed to have a hard time with the t-40 In WOT maybe its just because I don't have the top gun yet.
 I like it 
  January 25, 2014
If you ask me this is really neat, it's not ugly at all. Anyway, I still play T40 in WOT despite having access to better vehicles.
 I like it 
  January 25, 2014
Neat interior!
 I like it 
  January 25, 2014
I think this looks great!
 
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