This is a kit-bashed 1/35 scale model of the M6A2-E1, which was a prototype heavy tank build by the US towards the end of WW2. It used the hull of the failed M6 Heavy tank, and a novel turret holding a massive 105mm gun.
The feeling was that this heavy assault tank would be useful against the German uber-tanks in the late war period. However it… just wasn’t needed once it was trialed in late ’44. The turret was used as a test bed for the T29 Heavy tank project.
The 105mm was markedly more powerful than anything the allies had in service in Europe, where most Shermans mounted 75 or 76mm guns.
My what a big gun you have…
So unlike so many “paper panzer” models, this is a model of a real tank. That being said, I took liberties with the turret configuration– the prototype turret had multiple “show stopping” issues, so I used a T29E1 turret which has a lot of similarities to the prototype, with a few improvements (a big one is that the commander’s position was moved to allow the loader to be able to… load the gun).
The best angle of this beast– the bizarre running gear and vertical side skirts, ridiculous dual .50 cal forward hull machine guns, and the massive turret and mantlet.
The proportions of the thing are just hyperbolic
It really looks like a video game tank. And honestly, the only reason people hear about this thing is the popularity of World of Tanks and War Thunder.
Combine one crummy kit with one average kit, and you get one awesome tank!
Here you can see a diagram comparing the non-functional prototype turret and the eventual T29 turret… you can see the evolution of the design.
My paint and weathering spirit animal… a dirty Sherman.
The M6 kit was… less than stellar. But the slab-like sides make a nice canvas for weathering
Worn OD, Faded black camouflage patches, some deep scratches, and layers of dust, sand and dirt.
The kit tracks are actually not correct width, but there also aren’t any good aftermarket options for this niche kit… so we make do 🙂
Detail shot of the side skits and their worn wet sand and dirt deposits.
The turret on the left is the loader; the rear is the commander. The real M6A2E1 had them stacked together on the left, and they apparently fouled each other inside the turret.
Dragon disappoints a lot with this kit. I CANNOT recommend the M6 to you.
Hobbyboss is much better, but made some odd unforced errors… for example they forgot the texture on the underside of the turret, but had texture on all other parts of the turret. The real thing looked VERY roughly cast.
Sometimes its hard to choose the right OD for the job. Thanks for looking! If you enjoyed, follow me @scalemodeldoc on instagram.