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Model #87.116 - Artitec US M10A1 Tank Destroyer  


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Artitec 87.116 Highlights:

Model: Artitec's 87.116 1/87 scale M10A1 is a resin kit and is unpainted.

Prototype: The 3-inch Gun Motor Carriage M10, or M10 Wolverine, was the first and most numerous American tank destroyer of the Second World War. After observing the success of Panzer breakthrough tactics during the 1940 Blitzkrieg in France, American military planners decided that a tank destroyer was needed to counter German Panzer units; American planners believed the role of tanks was solely for infantry support, thus the need for a separate tank destroyer force. After experimenting with antitank guns mounted on trucks and half-tracks, it was decided in early 1942 that an antitank gun mounted in a fully-rotating turret on a tracked chassis was needed. The M10 was born by mounting a 3-inch (76.2 mm) Gun M7 in a turret on the hull of an M4 Sherman tank. The M10’s primary gun could penetrate 92 mm of armor sloped at 30° from roughly 1,000 m. A .50 cal. Browning machine gun was mounted on top of the rear of the turret for antiaircraft defense. Protection was minimal as its developers focused on hitting power and speed and it had less armor than the Sherman. The top of the turret was open, making the crew vulnerable to overhead fire and shrapnel. The M10 was initially successful in North Africa and Italy but it proved ineffective against Panthers and Tigers in Western Europe, to which it was highly vulnerable. It was replaced beginning in 1944 with faster and more heavily armed and armored tank destroyers such as the M18 Hellcat and the M36 Jackson. Over 6,400 M10s were produced during the war.

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