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Any books available on the M-1 Abrams?

Joined: January 26th, 2006, 10:38 pm

May 25th, 2018, 3:39 am #1

I have 3 of the Tamiya 1/48th M1 Abrams, and I'm wanting to back date one to Desert Shield/Storm, a mid life NATO version, and a late version. Maybe mixing them up between Army and Marines. I'm hoping to show the family lineage so to speak... I'm hoping to show some of the major differences, and or upgrades between them...

I know there are a few guys here that can probably spout off all the requisite info, which would be great... But I'm also looking for a nice book to cover it all as well. Maybe a modern day version of the Hunnicut book on the Sherman? ;

Thanks
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Joined: July 11th, 2005, 1:07 pm

May 25th, 2018, 5:51 am #2

Hi
Hunnicut did do a book on the M1 Abrams which is excellent but it stops at the M1A1. It also more a development history than an aid to modelling.  

Maybe the Squadron Signsl SS120 book the M1 will be of assistance. I find they help in showing the main changes between marks but lack the detail nuts and bolts of other books

There’s also Sabot publications who do books on the M1A2. They give lots of very close up photos for details but there photograph layout style I struggle with.

Ideally would be a book on the M1 like the old Detail & Scale aircraft books. Solid accurate info with good detail photos. Unfortunately there isn’t one

Finally Steve Faxon on Track48 showed some photos of his backdated versions of the M1 he’s doing. IIRC you need to shorten the turret front for a 105mm version

Hope this helps
Andrew

Hope this helps Andrew
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Joined: February 27th, 2005, 3:47 pm

May 25th, 2018, 6:10 am #3

Hunnicutt did a book on the Abrams: A History of the American Main Battle Tank (vol. 2). Volume One was the Patton series tanks. https://www.abebooks.com/9780891413882/ ... -2-_-image

I've got a pair of the Tamiya 1/48 scale M1A2 Abrams tanks. It represents a version of the Abrams that was rare and fielded by a few units for a very short time. Desert Storm used the M1A1 and M1A1 Heavy (had added depleted uranium armor and some other production changes). The M1A2 didn't get fielded until 1995. The M1A2 and subsequent versions are only used by the US Army and some foreign nations, not the Marines.

The kit version was used by the tank battalions in the 4th Infantry Division (they were the test bed unit called Force XXI), a battalion in the 1st Cavalry Division and the tank companies in the 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment. Use of the M1A2 by these units resulted in changes to the tank. This lead to the M1A2SEP (systems enhancement program) and subsequent M1A2SEPv.2 and M1A2SEPv.3. (version 2 and 3).

Any way, the hull of the early M1A2 is the same as the M1A1 Heavy. The turret is where the majority of the external differences lie. The entire cupola was changed from the M1/M1IP/M1A1 to the M1A2. Originally called the Commander's Weapon Station (CWS), the M1A2 uses the Improved Commander's weapon Station (ICWS), which didn't really improve it. The big ticket item on the M1A2 is the Commander's Independent Thermal Viewer (CIT-V). It is a second thermal imaging system that is located just forward of the loader's hatch. On the M1A1, that area is blanked off by a circular part we call "the manhole cover" because it looks like one. The M1A2 also has an auxiliary power unit (APU) located in the bustle rack and should be omitted if trying to back date the tank. Later versions of the M1A2 had the APU relocated inside the hull.
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Joined: July 11th, 2005, 1:07 pm

May 25th, 2018, 8:31 am #4

Hi 
I found the link to Track48 on the M1 backdates by Steve Faxon. Here it is 

https://www.tapatalk.com/groups/track48 ... t9893.html

Note the photo do open up if you click on them.

Rob
The turret front diamentions are different between the M1 and M1A1 Heavy/ M1A2 
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Joined: May 5th, 2018, 9:23 am

May 28th, 2018, 1:35 am #5

24 books useful for modellers listed on Scalemates.
https://www.scalemates.com/search.php?f ... rams+books
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Joined: October 25th, 2005, 2:40 am

May 28th, 2018, 3:05 am #6

No, there's hardly any....

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Joined: February 27th, 2005, 7:41 pm

May 29th, 2018, 10:32 pm #7

Which of the above books would be the best for delineating the differences among the main variants? I'm interested in an account of the changes by model and date of introduction so I can build a tank of the time period I want to reproduce. Sort of like the classic "in Action" books in coverage..... I'd be doing the recent Tamiya 1/48 kit which is an early M1A2. I would be interested in a pairing of the tank with M1151 Humvees, since I have two DEF conversions for this type. TIA.....:-)
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Joined: February 27th, 2005, 3:47 pm

May 30th, 2018, 5:18 am #8

I'm not sure an M1151 Heavy HMMWV was around when the straight M1A2 was. Most M1A2s were rebuilt into subsequent upgraded variants, i.e. M1A2SEP, M1A2SEPv2, etc.
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Joined: July 11th, 2005, 1:07 pm

May 30th, 2018, 7:35 am #9

baker24 wrote: Which of the above books would be the best for delineating the differences among the main variants? I'm interested in an account of the changes by model and date of introduction so I can build a tank of the time period I want to reproduce. Sort of like the classic "in Action" books in coverage..... I'd be doing the recent Tamiya 1/48 kit which is an early M1A2. I would be interested in a pairing of the tank with M1151 Humvees, since I have two DEF conversions for this type. TIA.....:-)
The Hunnicut book will show you upto M1A1 but nothing later so Most probably the Sqd Sig in Action book. Only Sqd Sig include anything like their small sketches which highlight changes between versions. 

I have the Sabot Pub on the M1A2 and found it hard to navigate. 

Regards
Andrew 
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Joined: November 15th, 2005, 7:52 pm

May 30th, 2018, 7:49 pm #10

The newer Squadron In Action book (shown above) is a good, reasonably-priced book that will show the main differences between the various marks.  Also, I'm not sure what you mean by a mid-life NATO version but the older Verlinden book on the M1, M1IP, and M1A1 Abrams contains very nice photos and information on the overall green and camouflaged vehicles:  https://www.scalemates.com/books/book.php?id=107908

HTH!

Rick     
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