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What is this Sherman?
Mortifa
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Posted: Sunday, November 18, 2018 - 08:23 AM UTC


Thanks.
Frenchy
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Posted: Sunday, November 18, 2018 - 08:34 AM UTC
It's an Israeli medevac vehicle based on the M4 Sherman tank chassis a.k.a "Ambutank".

From Wikipedia "A radical conversion of the M4 with the turret removed and the powerplant (changed to a diesel engine) moved to the front of the tank. A medical team and four casualties could be carried in an armoured compartment at the rear. Early vehicles were based on M4A1 hulls with VVSS suspension and are often referred to as "VVSS version". Later vehicles used hulls with HVSS suspension and were fitted with a big boxy superstructure. This version is often referred to as "HVSS version". Many were used during the Israeli-Egyptian War of Attrition (196870) and the Yom Kippur War."

Here's a rear view :



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Posted: Sunday, November 18, 2018 - 08:54 AM UTC
Any info on the engine layout?

I suspect it might remind us of the M113 layout with the driver in the usual position..
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Posted: Sunday, November 18, 2018 - 09:05 AM UTC
Judging by the top view, I guess the engine is moved to the center of the chassis, where the turret basket is on the gun tank...



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Posted: Sunday, November 18, 2018 - 02:21 PM UTC
There's a fella in the UK who offers a 3D printed conversion set on eBay for this early Ambutank. The later type was based on the HVSS chassis, for which Legend used to do a conversion - now OOP.

I have one of these 3D kits. While it needs a bit of work and it isn't up to Shapeways standards, it is only 10 and is a better starting point than a complete scratchbuild. Designed for the Dragon M4A1 but I'm sure it would fit other brands like Tamiya's M1.

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/1-35-ambutank-conversion/232960923593?ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT&_trksid=p2060353.m1438.l2649
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