LP017, AFVisual The M-36
by David Doyle
Published by Letterman Publications, no ISBN, 50 pages.
This is a handy reference for modellers. With just one page of text the
emphasis is on photographic coverage, nicely split between wartime photos,
Tehnical Manual extracts and preserved vehicles. First is a section of
general photos, including one showing the congested turret when a 90 mm
gun was fitted into an M-10. Then some detail closeups, including the
hinges for the front trackguards that are so hard to see in photos taken
from ground level and the complete Ford GAA V-8 motor out of the vehicle.
Next is a seris of views inside the turret of the T71 pilot vehicle -
useful as a guide, but photos of the actual M-36 turret would have been
better since they’re not accompanied by any comment whether the
production turret was identical inside.
A further selection of general photos segues into coverage of the added
turret roof armour, very useful indeed since it even includes shots showing
how each of the different sections opened. This is of course on the “official”
roof, not the field-fit mostly seen in Northwest Europe in 1944/45, but
a great guide nonetheless. Then there’s a section of wartime photos
showing the M-36 in Northwest Europe, followed by the M-36B1 with its
M4A3 Sherman hull. To end the book there are a final section of shots
from the Tech Manual with useful details and some more preserved vehicle
This is a very useful book, with some great reference shots for modellers.
More emphasis on the details would have been welcome, but there’s
only so much that can be fitted into a book this size. Recommended with
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