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M4A3 Flametank
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Texas, United States
Joined: May 02, 2006
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Posted: Tuesday, November 20, 2007 - 03:35 PM UTC
Don Franklin's (gunnytank) build of a 1/35 M4A3 Sherman Flametank in service on Iwo Jima, 2nd Place Advanced winner in the October Dragon Model of the Month competition, has been added to the On Display gallery.

M4A3 Sherman Flametank On Display

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Overijssel, Netherlands
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Posted: Tuesday, November 20, 2007 - 10:45 PM UTC
Very nice!
I wondered why we see so little late war USMC tanks. The flame looks great.
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Hamilton, New Zealand
Joined: May 09, 2007
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Posted: Wednesday, November 21, 2007 - 12:23 PM UTC

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Why did this tank have grills over the hatches? Is this to stop Japanese AT teams with grenades or am I missing something. I'd be grateful for an insight.

Many thanks

You are correct about the grills , the Japanese liked to ambush the tanks with grenades and satchell charges so the grills were a field mod that made good sense. Can you imagine how hot a buttoned down tank would have got on Iwo Jima
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Virginia, United States
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Posted: Wednesday, November 21, 2007 - 05:15 PM UTC
Don's tank is modeled after a C Company, 4th Tank Bn Flame tank...the 4th Bn used wire cages over the hatches, but the 5th Tank Bn used large galvanized nails in place of the cages...
This all grew out of experience in previous island campaigns which culminated in the battle of Iwo Jima.
BTW - only the 4th and 5th Tank Bns had 4 Flame Tanks a piece on Iwo and all were M4A3's - the 3rd Tank Bn was never fitted with Flame Tanks and still had M4A2's...


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California, United States
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Posted: Wednesday, November 21, 2007 - 05:37 PM UTC
Only eight M4A3ís on Iwo Jima were modified with the Mark 1 Navy flamethrower. Four were with the 4th Tank Bn and four with the 5th Bn for the battle. The tanks of the 4th and 5th Tank Battalions on Iwo Jima represented the lessons learned from past Marine battles in the Pacific. Extra track welded on the turret and hull, sand bags on the hull deck, wood and concrete side armor all to protect against Japanese magnetic Anti-tank mines and satchel charges. Cages or nails welded to hatches to get a dead space between the hatches and satchel charges so that the hatches wouldnít hurt the crewman under them. A water barrel mounted on the rear deck to give infantry water and prevent heat casualties, note the water pipe and spout. (This is why Marines were made to carry two canteens by the time of Iwo Jima.) An infantry phone on the left rear in a canvas bag so that infantry troops could tell tank crews were the target is. The Target clock enables new infantry to relate the target to the tank crew. The rear stowage foldable bin has been cut down and moved to the rear of the turret. Tow cables with one end already hooked up to speed in recovery of a knocked out tank. Most Marine Corps tanks did not use the .50 cal MG, it came with the tanks but they were given to the Marine Infantry units. (besides would you want to expose yourself to fire it on Iwo Jima?)
I donít pretend to be an expert on the Sherman, Iwo Jima or Marine tanks in World War 2. With that said there are probably a lot more modifications that the Marines did that I havenít mentioned. All in all, it was a fun build and I hope you enjoy the pictures.