What do you think about the 105mm gun that some Stryker's have? and do you think it could be a useful weapons platform?
That’s the Mobile Gun System.
While it has somewhat proved to be an OK fire support vehicle, overall its a heavily flawed machine that basically took a concept as old as adding a big gun to a armored vehicle that didn’t have one, and somehow did it wrong.
1 to 3) LVT(4) “Buffalo”. An amphibious warfare vehicle developed originally by a Florida man, it was introduced by the US Navy. The USMC, Army and allies during WWII used the LVT and its iterative versions. Originally intended solely as cargo carriers for ship to shore operations, they evolved into assault troop and fire support vehicles. LVTs were one of the more iconic vehicles of the Pacific theater.
3) M29C Weasel. The Weasel was originally developed by the Studebaker Corporation in response to a British order. It goes back to a scheme initiated by the innovative genius Geoffrey Pyke for an over-snow vehicle intended to accompany commandos on a raid against the German heavy water plant in Norway. The M29C variant on display was modified to give the Weasel an amphibious capability and as such was used by American forces in the Pacific and by the British. In service it was used like a sort of amphibious Jeep.
4) Armored Car FW19 Coventry Mk I. The result of a search by the War Board for a new armored car in 1943, the result was the Coventry. It was more conventional than the Daimler armored car in terms of transmission but it was also a good deal more powerful since it used an American Hercules six-cylinder petrol engine. On the other hand it was slower and less well armored. It never replaced the earlier cars in wartime service and production was terminated when the war ended. Some Coventrys were supplied to the post-war French Army which used them in Indo-China.
5) T-72M1. Soviet second generation MBT that entered production in 1971. About 20,000 T-72 tanks were built, making it one of the most widely produced post-war tanks, second only to the T-54/55 family. The T-72 was widely exported and saw service in 40 countries and in numerous conflicts. Improved variants are still being built for export customers. The T-72 is the logical progression from the expensive T-64. The T-72M1 was built for export and has thicker armor than the base T-72M. This example was built in Poland.
6 & 7) T48. The M48 Patton prototype. M48 was one of a number of tanks to be named after the celebrated American General George S Patton. It was designed at the time of the Korean War but did not enter service until 1953. From a construction point of view the most important features of the M48 are the hull and turret. Each are composed of enormous castings which give the tank its distinctive, rounded shape. The curved hull gave the tank exceptional resistance to mines. However, its height was a drawback.
8 & 9) FV214 Conqueror. The second of two Conquerors at the museum. One is inside and is in Part 1. Photos by PreservedTanks.com. The Conqueror evolved as a direct response to the appearance of the Soviet IS-3. The British War Office required a tank with a gun big enough to penetrate the Russian armour and calculated that 120mm was the minimum. Clearly any tank carrying a gun of this size would be large, but the problems of design were compounded by the need for thick armour to defeat the Russian 122mm gun in a fire fight. Conqueror started to enter service in 1955 and was issued on a limited scale to armoured regiments equipped with Centurion. The turret itself weighed nearly 20 tons.
Trumpeter 1/35 M1131 Stryker Fire Support Vehicle done! Pretty much everything here was included in the kit, including accessories, signage, rations (essential colas) and straps. My only additions were the rope threads and antennae. I used Vallejo pigments for the dirt and mud weathering, and finished it with a coat of Tamiya Flat Clear.