The T49 was a Hellcat variant that never entered service. Two prototypes were made.
About this creation
A view of the tank destroyer from behind.
Here's the tank destroyer with some winter camo.
Here it is again, from above, with summer camo.
On April 18, 1942, it was agreed to construct two prototypes that would be identified as the T49 Gun Motor Carriage. It was to be mobile, weigh around 12 tons, have a crew of five, reach a speed of 50 mph, armor was to be 7/8" on the turret, and 3/8" all around on the hull.
The first prototype was tested and as a result the Tank Destroyer Command and the Ordnance Department wanted the second prototype to have a 75 mm M3 gun. This became the T67 Gun Motor Carriage. It was to have its armor increased to 1" in front. The side armor was reduced and the top and bottom was increased.
The prototypes had helical coil suspensions. Two Buick 320 cubic inch gasoline engines produced a total of 330 HP.
In late 1942, after the testing of a prototype at the Aberdeen Proving Ground, the Special Armored Vehicle Board recommended that the T67 have a standard engine, a 76 mm gun, and a torsion bar suspension. The Secretary of War approved the building of six prototypes. These would carry the 76 mm M1 in an open turret without a basket. The Continental R975-C1 engine was used. These prototypes were designated the T70 Gun Motor Carriage.
This model was fun to make, but a wee little bit of a pain at some points. I particularly talk about the little bits of angled armor at the front end. I couldn't get them to work and look good, so I had to settle with getting them to work. Unfortunately, even this was a pain in the rear fit for a king. However, overall the model was fun.