Hobby Master 1/72 Ground Power Series
HG3408
M10 Tank Destroyer Duck Bil
France, Feb 1945
Authentic Detailing
Pre-Painted by professionals
Accurate paint colors
Markings Tampo (pad) applied
Fully Assembled
Die-Cast Model
True to Scale (1:72)
Weathering and insignias
Turret turns
Metal turret and main gun
Realistic tracks
In WWII the U.S. Army philosophy was to use tanks for infantry support. When it came to
taking on German tanks they wanted to leave that up to the Tank Destroyers that were
designed specifically for that purpose. Thanks to combat in North Africa they found that
the M3 half track used as TDs and equipped with the standard U.S. short barrel 36
caliber 75 mm cannon just wasn’t up to the task. Another realization was the half tracks
weren’t mobile enough and lacked adequate armor compared to the German tanks.
Since the M4A2 Sherman was already in production the lower chassis and power plant
were adapted to create the new TD. The new machine had a newly designed upper hull
with a low profile. The vehicle still had relatively light armor but was angled to cause a
greater chance of shot deflection. The military also depended on vehicles
maneuverability and speed for defense. The crew was open to the elements because
there was no top on the turret.
The new vehicle was named the M10 and armed with a new powerful 50 caliber 76 mm
cannon that fired armor piercing ammunition. The cannon was capable of penetrating 88
mm of armor at 1,000 meters which meant that almost any German tank could be
destroyed. Because of the size and weight of the cannon a large counter-weight was
mounted on the rear of the turret. Because of its tapered shape and viewed from the side
the counter-weight looked similar to a duck’s bill so the M10 was given the nick name
“Duck Bill”.
The prototype of the M10 was the T35 and first appeared in November 1941 and went
into immediate production. The M10 remained on the front line right to the end of WWII.


Specifications M10 Tank Destroyer

Country of Origin: USA

Entered Service in: 1942

Crew: 5 (Commander, 3x gun crew, driver).

Dimensions
Height: 2.57 m (8.43 ft)
Length: 6.83 m (22.41 ft) (w/ gun) - 5.97 m (19.6 ft) (w/o gun)
Width: 3.05 m (10 ft)
Weight: 29.6 tonnes
Power/weight: 12.5 hp/tonne

Armour
Hull, up to 51 mm
Turret, up to 57 mm

Armament
Main Armament: M7 3-inch "76.2 mm" Gun - 54 rounds
Secondary Armament: .50 caliber M2 Machine Gun - 300 rounds

Power plant
General Motors Twin Diesel 6-71375 hp (276 kW)

Suspension: vertical volute spring

Performance
Road Speed: 51 km/h  (32 mph)
Range: 300 km  (186 miles)
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