Monday, 14 September 2020
Rapid Fire! NW Europe 44/45 - The M-18 Hellcats of the 705th TD Battalion
The 705th Tank Destroyer Battalion arrives at Bastogne on the 19th of December 1944. Already dug in are some of the units of the 101st Airborne which the TDs will help with its powerful 76,2mm antitank guns. This quick story sums up the reason why the Hellcats of the 705th TD Battalion are necessary for the defence of Bastogne. I remember Bastogne as one of my first solo wargames when I was still a teenager.
Thanks to the quick builds nowadays available, three boxes of Armoufast M-18 Hellcat solves the issue of a full US TD battalion at least regarding the tanks themselves .
But not everything are roses with Armourfast kits. They are well engineered models with all main parts but missing some equipment that I think could be easily engraved as PSC does. Here you can see a load of Jerrycans, different stowage, figures, antenna...
...headlights, mantlet covers, axes, hammers and Mg ammo box. All these details are easily made in different types of styrene and two component paste.
I paint nowadays all my US vehicles with Vallejo Cam. Olive Green (RLM80) from its Panzer Aces series.
All markings were aplied by hand .
Another example of the stowage necessary for a late US vehicle.
- Hey Marl, what is that tough thing leaning against my butt...?
- Don't worry Steve, just my Colt 45...
Conclusion: Yes, the interior of these things was really crammed!
The figures are torsos from Matchbox and Revell chosen from the ones without netting on the helmets. The arms are all made in GreenStuff for them to sit in the intended place.
The names on this Hellcat were taken from the tankdestroyer.net site namely from the pages dedicated to the 705th TDB.
Next: another load of German vehicles for Market Garden.