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Academy 1:35 - U.S. Tank Destroyer M36B1 - Plastic model kit #13279

The M36 tank destroyer, also known as the '90mm Gun Motor Carriage - M36', was an American tank destroyer used during World War II. The M36 was essentially an improved M10, replacing the M10's 3 inch (76.2mm) M7 with a more powerful 90mm gun.

The vehicle first began to appear in September 1944 in European Operations. About 1,400 M36's were produced in total during the war. The requirement for 90mm gunned tank destroyers was so urgent that during late 1944, 187 conversions of the standard Medium Tank M4A3 (Sherman tank) hulls were produced by Grand Blanc Arsenal. These were designated M36B1, rushed to operations and used in combat alongside other M36's.

The M36 proved to be a match for any German tanks. It also later saw use in the Korean War, and was able to defeat any of the Soviet made tank armour it faced. Some were supplied to Korea as part of the MAP (Military Assistance Program), others served in Yugoslavia, which operated into the 1990s, two remained in service with the Republic of China Army until 2001.

American soldiers referred to M36's as TD's or 'tank destroyers'. The US Army assigned the nickname Jackson in 1944 to honour the Civil War Confederate General, but this name did not stick during the war, only becoming popular later in the 1970s.

Kit details:

10 plastic sprues
1 small photo-etched fret
1 length of string
1 small decal sheet
Instruction Sheet

Collections: All, Allied Forces (WWII), American, Vehicles, WWII

Category: Academy Tanks

Type: Tanks

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