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Tamiya 1/35 US Multiple Gun Motor Carriage M16 Halftrack Quad, (“Meat Chopper”) Build Thread


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Tamiya 1/35 US Multiple Gun Motor Carriage M16 Halftrack Quad, (“Meat Chopper”) Build Thread.

The M16 Multiple Gun Motor Carriage, also known as the M16 half-track, was an American self-propelled anti-aircraft weapon built during World War II. It was equipped with four .50 caliber (12.7 mm) M2 Browning machine guns in an M45 Quadmount. 2700 were produced by White Motor Company from May 1943 to March 1944, with 568 M13 MGMCs and 109 T10 half-tracks being converted into M16s as well.

The chassis was derived from the T1E2 chassis, an earlier version of the M13. Based on an M3 half-track chassis, it replaced the M13 MGMC half-track after early 1944. As aircraft became more advanced, the usefulness of the M16 was reduced. In the Korean War, it was relegated primarily to the ground-support role, being put out of service in the U.S. Army in 1954.

Nicknamed the "Meat Chopper", the M16 was famous for its effectiveness against low-flying aircraft and infantry, making it extremely popular with soldiers. It was used by the United States Army, the British Commonwealth, and South Korea. A similar version of the M16, the M17, was based on the M5 half-track and exported via Lend-Lease to the Soviet Union.

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While rummaging in my stash the other day I was surprised to find that I already owned a Tamiya 1/35 US Halftrack. Of course this was after I had excitingly order two more vis eBay!! Now I have three, lol!!

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I don't think time's been too kind to this moulding, (1975 ish ?) although it was pretty much the only game in town for a long time and I know it's been re released again .

My recollection of the Tamiya M3 is the terrible tracks that struggled to sit nice  , no engine, and the "80mm" tub armour , the walls and doors are sooooo thick . 

I know AFV Club launched some last year which got good reviews .

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Oh nice. I never built the Tamiya one. I'll be following along. 

I have the Dragon one in the stash with a Griffon update set for it. You basically throw away 1/2 the kit it seems. 

1 hour ago, PanzerWomble said:

My recollection of the Tamiya M3 is the terrible tracks that struggled to sit nice  

Dragon take an interesting approach to the tracks. They're moulded plastic and are split lengthwise. 

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6 hours ago, PanzerWomble said:

I don't think time's been too kind to this moulding, (1975 ish ?) although it was pretty much the only game in town for a long time and I know it's been re released again .

My recollection of the Tamiya M3 is the terrible tracks that struggled to sit nice  , no engine, and the "80mm" tub armour , the walls and doors are sooooo thick . 

I know AFV Club launched some last year which got good reviews .

Thanks Panzer.

I’ve watched several YouTube builds, one straight out of the box, and your right it’s a very old kit but I thought all three would be fun to build especially eliminating all the numerous seams lines etc. I be thought I’d throw some stowage and tarps at it too.

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Began the fiddly work of assembling the gun mount in step 2. I’m trying to address any seam lines as did the builder in the YouTube videos I posted. 
I was going to drill out the 50cal barrels but sadly I don’t hand a pin drill bit that small.

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