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Reference, CD#18, Toadman’s 90mm Gun Tank M47 Patton Photo Detail CD

August 1 2007 at 6:51 PM
Frank V. De Sisto  (Login zappa93)
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CD#18, Toadman’s 90mm Gun Tank M47 Patton Photo Detail CD. Contains 303 color photos. Price: $7.99 USD, plus shipping.

The newest photo reference CD from “Pond Dweller” Chris “Toadman” Hughes details the US M47 Patton, the stop-gap tank developed and fielded during the Korean War, but not used there. The design married proven components from the previous M46 with a newly-designed turret mounting a 90mm gun and fitted with an optical stereoscopic range-finder. If the reader has the very well-done, yet old Italeri kit in the stash, or plans to acquire one, this CD will be an excellent “one-stop” reference source for the tank’s physical features. It should also be noted that photos of several different surviving vehicles are provided; this is a good thing since there were several small detail changes seen during the production run, which are noted throughout.

The CD is broken down into sections as follows:

• Introduction and Acknowledgements.
• Profiles.
• Turret exterior.
• Hull exterior.
• Suspension.
• Turret interior.
• Driver’s compartment.

The bulk of the photos depict a restored privately-owned vehicle in the collection of Jacques Littlefield in the USA. Other vehicles shown include examples held in the US Army’s 1st Cavalry and 4th Infantry Division Museums located at Fort Hood, Texas, as well as a tank at the Patton Memorial Museum at Chiriaco Summit, California. A final bit of detail was provided by an Italian modeler, making this a fairly complete reference source.

Typical for this product, the photos were taken by modelers, for modelers and therefore great pains were taken to show every small detail on the exterior and interior. As a typical example of the detail variations seen on this tank, photos depict two different muzzle brakes (“T”-shape, and cylindrical), different turret-side configurations (with and without rain gutters, as well as with “rung” style grab handles or the longer stowage racks) and various casting contours. A number of items that one would wish to add to the Italeri kit are also shown, to include various foundry casting numbers and symbols, clips for a bare mantlet and the canvas dust cover seen fitted to the clips. Stowage lockers and the infantry telephone box are shown opened up. Internally, the driver’s compartment, the fighting compartment and the turret are also shown to good effect; the engine compartment interior is not shown. Some variations of the suspension system are also shown, to include tanks with and without the track tensioning return roller seen between the last road-wheel and the drive sprocket. In short, coverage is very comprehensive.

The quality of the photography is excellent, with proper composition and exposure being the norm. The photos are easily accessible to the computer user. On my Windows XP-equipped machine, the CD loaded on its own and by double clicking on “start”, easily opened. Then it’s just a matter of working through the tables of contents to the specific area of interest, and then working through the images. A nice feature of these CDs is the ability to link directly to an image related to the one that is currently being viewed. One can also double-click “My Computer”, then single-click on the file icon, and then double-click on “File/Open” so that all images will open at once to be viewed as thumbnails. This will make it even easier to find a needed detail image.

Typically, this is a nicely-presented, well thought out product, whose cost is extremely modest. As I said up front, if you are considering the Italeri kit, then this CD should be considered as a “must have” reference.

Highly recommended.

Frank V. “Curley Stooge” De Sisto

Toadman’s Tank Pictures can be acquired direct through the web site at: www.toadmanstankpictures.com.

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