1⁄35M-18 Hellcat in Germany 1945
Steve built this diorama for his college roommate and long-time friend whose dad served in the 809th Tank Destroyer (TD) Battalion in Europe during WWII. The diorama is intended to depict an M-18 Hellcat “B-14” from the 809th in the Ruhr area of Germany in mid-April 1945, just prior to the battalion converting to the M-36 “Jackson”. After doing research on how the M-18s were used tactically, I found that many TD units were employed in the infantry support versus true “anti-tank” role in Europe as the M-18, while fast, used the 76mm gun which still had issues penetrating the frontal armor of Panzer Vs and VIs… hence the “sand armor” on the front slope. The M-18 is from Academy, the buildings are from Mini-Art, the figures are a mix of Dragon, Alpine, and the “woman in despair” is from Stalingrad. Black Dog was the primary source for the considerable amount of canvas stowage, crew’s gear, and such on the exterior racks.
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