Armies Army

Armies Army

Tuesday, 13 January 2015

Full Peak.....The NM 116

The NM 116 !

What a superb job SirFjodin has done on this model! I am very pleased with it indeed! Especially the fine detail!

 In 1972, the Norwegian Army decided to retain 54 of their 123 M24 light tanks as reconnaissance vehicles after they were substantially rebuilt under the designation NM-116. It was calculated that the NM-116 rebuilding program cost only about a third as much as contemporary light tanks.
This program was managed by the firm Thune-Eureka. The American firm NAPCO developed an improved power-pack based around the 6V53T diesel engine used in the M113 armoured personnel carrier mated to an Allison MT-653 transmission. The original 75 mm Gun M6 L/39 was replaced with a French D-925 90 mm low pressure gun, with a co-axial 0.50-inch (12.7 mm) M2 heavy machine gun. The bow gunner position was eliminated in favor of ammunition stowage. A new fire-control system was installed, complete with a Simrad LV3 laser rangefinder. Norwegian firms also converted eight M24 light tanks into light armoured recovery vehicles to support the NM-116. The NM-116 were retired from service in 1993.  (wiki qoutes :))

This is one of the models for my Cold War Norwegian range, which will also include the NM 135 APC, NM142 AT and the Leopard 1A5N0. I am still working on the funding of this, with a high possibility it will be a Kickstarter for each nation. They will be kept small with vehicles and infantry. Hopefully any success will fund the next one and it also gives me the flexibility of doing what Nation/vehicles people want.  More importantly it will help fund it. To be fair, I have 'ZERO' idea on how well this period is wanted :)

I can just see this taking on the Soviet forces in the winter hills!



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