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(Login davecoyne300) Missing-Lynx members from IP address 188.8.131.52
I currently working on AFVs M5 early kit and there is a hole in the turret roof ( see photo)which looks a bit odd. There is no mention of it in the instructions or any part to fill it. The late M5 kit has a part to fill the hole and mentions it in the instructions. So my question is should it be there or did AFV club slip up. I'v looked through various books but there are very few good shots of the roof. Anyone got the answer?
Great link Tom and i think the two photos answer my question. There should be no hole in the turret roof. The question remains as to how AFV made an omission like this in the first place only correctimg it in the Late kit. Regard's,Dave.
(Login robervin) Missing-Lynx members 184.108.40.206
M3A3 Parts cause the problem
January 24 2012, 2:12 PM
the early kit retained many of the M3A3 turret parts. The hole is present on M3A3s and IIRC is for using a signal flag. The M5A1 turrets don't have the hole, although some do exhibit a weld seam around the plug.
AFV Club also made some other modifications to the late kit to make corrections such as the center support for the turret hatches.
(Login Chuck44ivy) Missing-Lynx members 220.127.116.11
Re: Did early M5s have support for hatches???
January 24 2012, 2:27 PM
I have a Walk Around book on the M5, but I couldn't tell from the pics if the early M5 had the center hatch support bracket. I modeled mine closed as I didn't know whether it should have had one or not.
Dave coyne (Login davecoyne300) Missing-Lynx members 18.104.22.168
All my kits have the hole.
January 24 2012, 5:02 PM
Thanks for your reply Rob. I have all three kits and they all have the hole and the same Turret roof. The only difference is the late kit has a plug D58 that's not present in the other kits and it's called out in the instructions for that kit. I'll plug the hole anyway.
Regarding the brace for the turret hatches, there are two on the sprue and the instructions suggest that they are positioned to the front of each hatch rather than between the hatches. Any ideas on this one.
Ed Gilbert (Login oscar_gilbert) Missing-Lynx members 22.214.171.124
Signal flag port.
January 24 2012, 11:14 PM
The M5A1 turet still had the remnant signal flag port from the "olden days". There is a famous photo which bears on this. The M5A1 on Roi-Namur in which Capt Bob Denig and others were KIA was destroyed by a grenade shoved in through the port, which had been left open for ventilation.