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Offline Rich H

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A new Thing - M50 Ontos
« on: July 30, 2019, 07:45:32 AM »
I was requested to take a look at the Ontos as it saw quite a bit of action at Hue

I'd forgotten how tiny tanks could be after wrestling with the gigantic M48!

First print came out well but it's missing a few details - headlamps and exhaust mostly.

It's been tweaked adn will be off to Empress for check soon....

Offline Rich H

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Re: A new Thing - M50 Ontos
« Reply #1 on: July 30, 2019, 07:49:22 AM »
Another angle.

Obviously it'll be split into many parts for casting in metal and resin.

Looks extremely 1960's space age!  Interesting little tank - turned down by the army as it basically didn't fit into the doctrine but the Marines took it as it could get anywhere a Marine could.  50cal resistant armour was 'good enough' but they were extremely vulnerable to mines and AT weapons. 

They packed a significant punch though... then ran off to reload! 

They were basically expended by the marines, they ran them until they ran out of spares.

Some were used on static defence as a load of beehive (APERS) from a couple of Onti could stop a NVA attack dead in it's tracks.


Offline Rich H

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Re: A new Thing - M50 Ontos
« Reply #3 on: July 30, 2019, 07:52:43 AM »
Rear shot

Offline commissarmoody

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Re: A new Thing - M50 Ontos
« Reply #4 on: July 30, 2019, 07:56:02 AM »
Groovy!
"Peace" is that brief, glorious moment in history when everybody stands around reloading.

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Offline Ash

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Re: A new Thing - M50 Ontos
« Reply #5 on: July 30, 2019, 07:57:36 AM »
Great job, looks really good.

Offline Rich H

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Re: A new Thing - M50 Ontos
« Reply #6 on: July 30, 2019, 08:08:02 AM »
Thanks

I've added/tweaked a few bits:
Headlamps added
Barrel locks added
Hull/track interface tidied up to hide the join at the front
Exhaust added
Turret ring added so you can rotate/remove the turret

I think the parts will be:
Hull
Tracks L/R
4 upper guns (with spotting rifles)
2 Lower guns (With barrel locks)
Barrel lock
MG mount
Turret and gun mounts
Roof hatch
Headlamps L/R

Offline carlos marighela

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Re: A new Thing - M50 Ontos
« Reply #7 on: July 30, 2019, 09:04:53 AM »
 :-* :-* :-* :-*  :-*  :-* :-*

Be still my beating heart, quite literally the thing I have been waiting for. Beautiful work Rich!
Eu sempre te amarei
Onde estiver estarei
Oh meu Mengooo

Tu és time de tradição,
RAÇA, AMOR e PAIXÃO
Oh meu Mengooo!

Offline Rich H

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Re: A new Thing - M50 Ontos
« Reply #8 on: July 30, 2019, 11:05:57 AM »
God to know! :D

I'll pop the drivers hatch open too.

Offline Dr. Zombie

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Re: A new Thing - M50 Ontos
« Reply #9 on: July 30, 2019, 12:34:53 PM »
 :-* I love it.

The Ontos is just such a delightfully weird piece of kit. Not really a tank, not really an AFV it is just an Ontos.

Offline Rich H

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Re: A new Thing - M50 Ontos
« Reply #10 on: July 30, 2019, 01:05:26 PM »
Allegedly the spec requirement document was a single page.

Offline Marine0846

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Re: A new Thing - M50 Ontos
« Reply #11 on: July 30, 2019, 01:27:13 PM »
Great looking model.
Excited to see it on Empress's site.
A must order.
Semper Fi, Mac

Offline Sparrow

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Re: A new Thing - M50 Ontos
« Reply #12 on: July 30, 2019, 03:38:02 PM »
A real thing of beauty! Love it!

I don’t “need” one..... but I so want one! 
Put your trust in God and keep your powder dry!

Offline Ultravanillasmurf

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Re: A new Thing - M50 Ontos
« Reply #13 on: July 30, 2019, 08:59:36 PM »
Neat.

On my list of things I never wanted, and will have to have.

I have the feeling I remember reading about it way back when.

Offline Rich H

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Re: A new Thing - M50 Ontos
« Reply #14 on: July 30, 2019, 09:29:55 PM »
Printing half of it now.