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The Canadians are finally recognized for their efforts during World War 2 with Bronco Models announcing a Canadian Cruiser Tank Ram MK.II Early Production in the works.
In 1940 the Canadian Government decided to build a Cruiser tank for the Canadian army, using parts from the US M3 Lee. The first pilot tank was ready by November 1941, using the entire M3 lower hull, but with new cast upper hull and turret. The first 50 tanks were designated the Ram MkI and mounted a 2 Pounder gun. However the main production version would be the MkII with a powerful 6 Pounder anti-tank gun. Unfortunately the 6 Pounder was not ready until April 1942, and by this time the American M4 Sherman was entering mass production. The Ram was no longer needed as a combat tank, but was produced as a training tank.

The Ram MkII weighed 29 tons and had armour up to 87mm thick. Powered by a 400bhp Continental R-975 radial, the Ram had a maximum road speed of 40 km/h. The 6 Pounder gun could penetrate 90mm of armour at 1,000 meters, using APCBC ammunition. The early Ram MkII's had side doors in the hull sides and a machine gun sub-turret, which were eliminated in later versions. Some 2,032 Ram tank were built and were used for training both in Canada and in the UK. A few Ram tanks were used in action as Armoured Observation Post (AOP) and Gun Position Officer (GPO) tanks with the Royal Canadian Artillery regiments. Many Ram's had their turrets removed and were converted to Ram Kangaroo heavy APC's, or gun tractors. These being used in N. W. Europe 1944-45. In 1945 Ram tanks were used to equip two Dutch armoured battalions, remaining in service until replaced with Centurion tanks in 1952. The Ram tank was used as the basis of the highly successful Sexton 25 Pdr Self Propelled Gun.

CB35215 - Canadian Cruiser Tank Ram MK.II Early Production
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Maybe they are 'speechless' Dennis. Certainly a 'missing link' in Allied Modelling. Never used in combat itself, so maybe everyone is waiting for the Kangaroo, flame thrower, ARV or observation version?
MAY 09, 2019 - 07:12 AM
Maybe it is because it was not a widely used tank and not many are interested. Or it could be that you seem to be bored since you appear to be answering almost every post with no real added value and lots of unnecessary capitalized words.
MAY 09, 2019 - 07:21 AM
Saw the news and can't wait to see the plastic! Just didn't have anything to say about it...
MAY 09, 2019 - 08:02 AM
I am sooo looking forward to this one! Going to do this version:
MAY 09, 2019 - 12:13 PM
Talking of Kangaroos, Italeri have just released one, although it seems to be based on the Priest.
MAY 09, 2019 - 12:22 PM
Maybe it is because it was not a widely used tank and not many are interested. Or it could be that you seem to be bored since you appear to be answering almost every post with no real added value and lots of unnecessary capitalized words. [/quote] Another instance were we need a like button. Must be some sort of desire to get the highest amount of post numbers on the site because as you say "no real added value and lots of unnecessary capitalized words."
MAY 09, 2019 - 07:06 PM
The same one they released back in the 70's reboxed.... LINK
MAY 09, 2019 - 10:00 PM
"Wow!" and "Finally" were my initial thoughts. Looking forward to a build review on this one and the eventual release of all its variants. Yah Canada!
MAY 10, 2019 - 04:05 AM
Im compelled to buy this even though I have too much in the stash already. I almost bought the expensive conversion sets first by verlinden? And later I believe formations had one, but Im happy I never did, Id much rather work with plastic
JUN 09, 2019 - 12:02 PM
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