Crusader external fuel tank

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Crusader external fuel tank

Joined: April 18th, 2005, 11:41 am

June 19th, 2012, 4:19 pm #1

Is there an after market replacement in plastic or resin?
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Joined: April 20th, 2005, 6:16 pm

June 19th, 2012, 7:23 pm #2

So no need for replacement?
Pls note that that they were mostly used on earlier Mks, crews were not too keen about this method of carrying extra fuel.

Hth

Erik Jan
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Joined: March 17th, 2011, 7:57 pm

June 19th, 2012, 10:31 pm #3

as we speak. OK to leave off the fuel tank then? stevie.
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Joined: July 16th, 2009, 11:00 pm

June 20th, 2012, 4:02 am #4

So no need for replacement?
Pls note that that they were mostly used on earlier Mks, crews were not too keen about this method of carrying extra fuel.

Hth

Erik Jan
There are a lot of rivets around the fuel tank that are not present on the kit parts

The tanks do appear to be rare on MkIIIs but if you hunt you will find a few with them on. I woldn't say they were mostly used on early marks though, they didn't get used much at all on MkIs

Chris
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Joined: March 11th, 2011, 5:58 am

June 20th, 2012, 5:01 am #5

Jock Watt notes in his book "A Tankie´s Travels" (Experiences of a WW2 tank commander of the 3rd Royal Tank Regiment) that they mostly used the external fuel tanks on the Crusader for water storage.
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Joined: April 20th, 2005, 6:16 pm

June 20th, 2012, 5:54 am #6

And Chris is right: these fuel tanks were mostly used on Mk IIs.

Cheers

Erik Jan
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Joined: May 16th, 2009, 9:02 am

June 20th, 2012, 5:09 pm #7

as we speak. OK to leave off the fuel tank then? stevie.
One user of the Mk.lll which still used the fuel tank, were the Czech Independant Armoured Brigade Group. They used them in a training role in the UK in 1944. There are a few photos in the Capricorn Publications book "Tanks, CIAB 1943-1945".

Regards,

John.
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Joined: April 18th, 2005, 11:41 am

June 20th, 2012, 5:18 pm #8

So no need for replacement?
Pls note that that they were mostly used on earlier Mks, crews were not too keen about this method of carrying extra fuel.

Hth

Erik Jan
Thank for everyones input I will leave the tank off which is ok as I sanded a flat spot on the one I have tring to get rid of the seam.
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