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Michael Baker (Login Saransk93) Missing-Lynx members from IP address 126.96.36.199
Without going into some of the minutia of Dragon's errors on this model, what I wonder is whether it should really be considered as a 1967 veteran.
I'm certainly glad there is a plastic model of this variation, and all the variations Dragon is doing, warts and all, but I have never seen the TCM-20 in any of the various resources I have about the 6-Day war. Is this more of a marketing concept than reality?
The SS-11 version was still in use then (there appear to be parade photos of them in both 1967 and 1968), and the 120mm mortar version was used on all fronts, but I have never seen the TCM-20 in any pictures from that period. I've only seen photos from the Yom-Kippur War (1973) and later.
If you want to do that period, I think you would have to ignore the directions and use the "solid" radiator grill front. In fact, I've never seen a picture of the TCM-20 with the original louvered grill.
Too bad you can't get the guns separately. Nor do I think Dragon will release the TCM-20 as a kit. If they did, you could also do the TCM-20 mounted in the BTR-152 used by the IDF.
Lester Senn (Login 32r2) Missing-Lynx members 188.8.131.52
TCM 20 with louvered grille
August 21 2017, 10:45 PM
Mike, there is a pic of a TCM 20 with a louvered grille and WW2 style combat headlights in Tom Gannon,s Israeli Half-tracks Vol 2 on the bottom of page 351. The lights in the kit I agree were only used with the solid plated over grille used with the diesel engine conversions. I agree that the TCM20 was not used in the Six Day War but was in 1973 and up.
Peter Smith (Login DasAbteilung) Missing-Lynx members 184.108.40.206
BTR-152 with TCM-20
August 22 2017, 9:35 PM
I'm sure I read somewhere that this is a museum lash-up and not something that actually saw service. In any case, putting a Dragon-standard turret into the tired old Skif BTR-152 would be very much new wine into old bottles. By the time you've got some resin wheels, the Hobby Planet update set and an etch set it gets expensive: I'm up to £52 of parts already, and I only paid £10 for the kit and got the SKP wheels rather than the vastly expensive Hussar ones! But I suppose if Trumpeter ever turn their attention to the 152 - has to happen soon, surely - it'll cost £50+: and still need resin wheels.