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M24 “ Chaffee”
M-24 "Chaffee" (Post-War Version) Service In Asian Army
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by: Dave D. [ TOTALIZE ]


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Introduction
The M24 was a light tank that first appeared in front line service with the U.S. army in December 1944 during the war in Europe. The British also took delivery of the tank and, as part of their tradition of naming tanks after U.S. Army Generals, they named it Chaffee after U.S. Army General Adna R. Chaffee who was a key contributor to the development of armoured forces in the U.S. military.

Produced by the Cadillac division of General Motors and Massey-Harris, the M24 had glacis armour of 25mm sloped at 60 degrees. A new 75 mm main gun was developed which was an offshoot of the same 75mm gun used in the ground attack B-25H Mitchell. Like the 75mm M3 used in the Sherman Tank, the M24’s M6 L/39 gun had the same ballistics but unlike the M3 Gun it used a thinly walled barrel and different recoil mechanism. The turret contained a three man crew whilst the suspension used a torsion bar system with 16-inch wide tracks.

Although the M24 did not make a significant contribution to victory in Europe as too few had arrived during the last days of the war, the tank did see significant use during the initial stages of the Korean War where M24 were the only United Nations tanks to deal with the onslaught of Korean T34-85’s. Despite being outgunned by these tanks the design nevertheless proved successful as a light tank and it was exported to a number of countries in Asia, which is the subject of this model kit.

The Kit
The original Bronco release of the WW2 Chaffee was reviewed here, and the subsequent British version here.

This new kit provides decal options for M24s in service with the Pakistani Army, Japanese Self Defence Force, Republic of South Korea, Vietnam and Taiwanese Army. For those interested, some of the most significant differences between this post-war version of the M24 versus the World War 2 version are:
1. Radio box on outside of tank to allow infantry to communicate with the tank while buttoned up.
2. Front turret mount for additional .50 calibre Ma Deuce MG.
3. Additional aerial mount on front of turret in place of smoke discharger
4. T85E1 rubber chevron tracks versus the T72E1 tracks as seen on World War 2 M24s.
5. .50 Calibre ammo boxes on front fenders as options
6. Revised frontal lower hull that includes flotation mounts. The world 2 version is also provided on the same sprue.
7. Revised road wheels with raised but more rounded outer rim that does not sit flush against the rubber road wheel like the World War 2 version. Both wheels still have the same number of bolts (10) per wheel.

Bronco has also included the revised turret in this kit with the correct seam line across the front of the turret which was not included in the original U.S. army World War 2 version of the kit. However, like the original turret it lacks the weld line at the side of the front of the turret that runs from the top to the bottom of the turret. Steve Zaloga added this in his build of the World War 2 version so you should be aware of this feature which should also be present on the post-war version.

Conclusion
The Bronco kit is a very well-designed kit and highly detailed with many casting marks already included. The mouldings are crisp and clean with many options included in the kit. The track guards and fender supports are very well done and very close to scale thickness which is a real accomplishment for Bronco here. Another nice feature is the hatches, which have interior details which allow for them to be displayed open with a possible crew figure included. On the downside the kit is somewhat complex and not really for the beginner; however with care and attention to detail during the build this kit will build into a very nice version of the post-war M24.
SUMMARY
Highs: A highly detailed kit that is a very accurate representation of a post War M24. This is kit is also probably the only kit available for such a subject so kudos to Bronco for offering a product that fills this historical void.
Lows: Not a “fall together” kit for sure. There are a lot of small parts to be accounted for and the suspension is rather complex. Also, the scope of the subject is rather limited as there are no options to backdate this kit to say a Korean War version due to
Verdict: A very nice kit that addresses a subject that as far as I can tell has not been represented in kit form previously.
Percentage Rating
85%
  Scale: 1:35
  Mfg. ID: 35072
  Suggested Retail: $53.99 US
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  PUBLISHED: Jan 11, 2013
NETWORK-WIDE AVERAGE RATINGS
  THIS REVIEWER: 90.00%
  MAKER/PUBLISHER: 87.97%

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Comments

The picture is for the Korean War version but the text is for the Post War version with the ARVN/Pakistani etc options
JAN 10, 2013 - 07:19 PM
Nice and quick review that captures all the necessary info. However I agree that the box art pic is for the wrong version... This version was actually more or less covered by the first edition Italeri Chaffee, in particular the tracks and flotation device mounts. Of course the Bronco offering is miles ahead... Cheers! Stefan
JAN 11, 2013 - 02:24 AM
Indeed - someone mixed up something here. The box art image is wrong. The review is for this kit: The review is confusing with the wrong box art, as it shows the Korean War version, and the reviewer states that the kit cannot be backdated to Korean War version... It is true of course for the "Asian Army Force" version, which was the subject of the review. Also the kit part number given in the summary is wrong, should be 35072. Nationality is given us "United Kingdom" - huh?... And the review title should identify clearly the kit reviewed, like "M24 Chaffee Post War Version", not just "M24 Chaffee"... Very nice review, not so good editorial work.
JAN 11, 2013 - 03:07 AM
There's no reason this kit can't be a Korean war vintage vehicle. The tracks are the only thing holding it back from being a WWII version.
JAN 11, 2013 - 07:50 AM
Well caught, gentlemen! Oops... (As they say, "You pay peanuts, you get monkeys"! ) Serves me right for being a bit too quick on the trigger. Still, all sorted now (Thanks James!) so all is right with the world. Tom
JAN 11, 2013 - 10:37 AM
Jesse, See point point 7 in my differences section i.e. the road wheel rims are different for the post war version versus the Korean or World War 2 version which I believe is another reason it cannot be back dated out of the box.
JAN 11, 2013 - 08:48 PM
Hey Dave, I never found any documentation for the introduction of the revised road wheels. Being that ALL Chaffees were built prior to the end of WWII, I figured they were just a revised design that came along at some point. The rubber block tracks 'make sense' as to why they came later, but I couldn't figure out the road wheel change.
JAN 11, 2013 - 09:23 PM
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