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M3A1 37mm anti-tank gun
CMOT
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Posted: Tuesday, August 02, 2016 - 11:16 PM UTC
Adie Roberts checks out Bronco models new WWII US army 37mm anti-tank gun a gun that only lasted in service till 1943 in the European and Mediterranean theatres of war.

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ULIX-VM
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Posted: Wednesday, August 03, 2016 - 03:08 AM UTC
this piece of artillery is goood.
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Posted: Wednesday, August 03, 2016 - 11:00 AM UTC
I've been waiting for a quality modern injection model of the ol' 37mm. I gotta get a few.
easyco69
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Posted: Wednesday, August 03, 2016 - 01:31 PM UTC
Me want.
samkidd
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Posted: Wednesday, August 03, 2016 - 03:44 PM UTC
Always liked this little weapon, glad to see a quality injection kit available for it. I'll be grabbing a couple of these as well.

Jim
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Biggles2
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Posted: Wednesday, August 03, 2016 - 07:14 PM UTC
This kit's been around since 2013 and it's just being noticed? It was included with one of Bronco's first Jeep releases - both excellent kits, but maybe a little over-engineered in the case of the Jeep.
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Posted: Thursday, August 04, 2016 - 08:04 AM UTC
I always thought that Italeri would offer there one from the PT 109 kit with a crew. Pity Bronco do not offer a crew with it.
Al
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Posted: Thursday, August 04, 2016 - 03:03 PM UTC
So, is this kit correct to represent a USMC 37mm from Iwo Jima? I have a nagging suspicion that the gun shield was different? I'm a bit out of my league here and would be interested in hearing from those who know more than I.


Dave
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Posted: Friday, August 05, 2016 - 04:32 PM UTC

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This kit's been around since 2013 and it's just being noticed? It was included with one of Bronco's first Jeep releases - both excellent kits, but maybe a little over-engineered in the case of the Jeep.



But Biggles!!! Don't you know that releases and reviews of obscure, single-vehicle Tiger I-types and "Paper Panzers" are MUCH MORE IMPORTANT than a lowly-but-well-executed US M3 Anti-tank gun, of which tens-of-thousands were produced?

Dave- You'd be perfectly safe in using this kit in a WWII US Marine scenario. M3 Anti-tank Guns were identical as they left the factories producing them. What happened with them once they reached combat units as far as any "field-modifications" are concerned, is better left to actual photographic evidence.

Al- The "PT-109" 37mm was scrounged up to be mounted on the fore-deck of said PT Boat, just to beef up the compliment of armament aboard this particular vessel. This was strictly a "non-standard" measure. Agree that BRONCO could have included US Army, or US Marine Gun Crews, or at least offered separate kits of these...
M4A1Sherman
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Posted: Friday, August 05, 2016 - 04:51 PM UTC

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Adie Roberts checks out Bronco models new WWII US army 37mm anti-tank gun a gun that only lasted in service till 1943 in the European and Mediterranean theatres of war.

Link to Item

If you have comments or questions please post them here.

Thanks!



Ahh, but in the Pacific Theatre, the US 37mm Anti-tank Gun was VERY successful against the paper-thin armor of Japanese Tanks, and when firing Cannister (Anti-Personnel) rounds, especially during "Banzai-attacks", they decimated the Japanese Infantry. These little Anti-tank Guns were very popular with US Army and US Marine personnel, right up until VJ Day...
KurtLaughlin
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Posted: Friday, August 05, 2016 - 05:21 PM UTC
Well . . .

It's not an M3A1, it's an M3 (no threads on muzzle).

The decals have a couple of problems:

1 - The T32 gun used a different cartridge than the M3/M5/M6, so the ammunition boxes wouldn't be marked that way. R1HAA is the correct AIC for those rounds, however.

2 - Painted and stained ammunition boxes used yellow lettering. Black lettering was only used on unfinished boxes.

KL
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Posted: Friday, August 05, 2016 - 10:13 PM UTC
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YEEEE HAAAWWWW
M4A1Sherman
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Posted: Friday, August 05, 2016 - 11:36 PM UTC

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YEEEE HAAAWWWW



Whaddaya bet that the Crew in this photo are "South'n Boys"..?
backswampcub
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Posted: Saturday, August 06, 2016 - 12:18 AM UTC
Photo is from MCAS New River in Jacksonville NC.
Biggles2
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Posted: Saturday, August 06, 2016 - 02:49 AM UTC

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YEEEE HAAAWWWW



Now that's Airborne!
M4A1Sherman
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Posted: Saturday, August 06, 2016 - 01:15 PM UTC

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YEEEE HAAAWWWW



Just a bit of trivia- That's an original Bantam 1/4-ton 4x4 Truck, by the way.

I'm sure the GIs had their Chin Straps on their WWI-style "Kelly" Helmets firmly in place, otherwise there would have been a few "Flying Saucers" making their appearance during this test...
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Posted: Monday, August 08, 2016 - 06:28 PM UTC

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This kit's been around since 2013 and it's just being noticed? It was included with one of Bronco's first Jeep releases - both excellent kits, but maybe a little over-engineered in the case of the Jeep.


I agree with you Biggles, Bronco kits are over - engineered. Some are for advanced builders only.
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Posted: Monday, August 08, 2016 - 06:49 PM UTC
Good review of an iconic gun. I agree with Dennis about these in the Pacific with the Marines especially.