US ARMY M19 Diamond-T Tank Transporter - Accurate Armour

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US ARMY M19 Diamond-T Tank Transporter - Accurate Armour K183

US ARMY M19 Diamond-T Tank Transporter – Accurate Armour K183

A complete 1/35th scale resin and etched brass kit of the iconic Diamond-T M19 Tank Transporter comprising M20 Tractor with Hercules DFXE Diesel engine and Rogers 45-Ton M9 Trailer. An extensive set of decals are included with a good selection of six specific markings for WW2 U.S.ARMY.  This kit is intended for modellers making a U.S.Army (or ex-US Army) vehicle.

These models designed by David Jane and Rob Tearle feature in the tractor, full engine, chassis and suspension detail, fully equipped ballast body with a complete set of ballast weights, stowage and tools. Optional details for M980/981 models, and transparent lights and indicators are also included. The bonnet sides feature open vents, and and a full winch with optional full or part empty drum and woven brass cable is also provided. . For the trailer a comprehensive and fully stowed model with load tie down set, air lines and optional ramp formats with moveable width kerbs. For details of the Rogers trailer kit please see our kit K174.

When you place an order you may select the option of a fully enclosed “Hard Cab” (K183H) or open format “Soft Cab” complete with 0.50 cal machine gun on mounting ring (K183S). The model shown above is the K183S “Soft Cab”.

This Diamond-T Motor Car Company design from Chicago USA met a 1941 British Army requirement to haul and recover tanks in the 40 Ton class, and was matched to a very original 40 Ton trailer designed in the UK by Cranes (Dereham) Ltd.  Cranes 40-Ton trailers were produced in the UK; however the design was passed to Rogers Brothers Corporation, Albion, USA  for large scale production, and this is the trailer supplied with this combination. For details of the trailer history please see our kit K174.

US ARMY M19 Diamond-T Tank Transporter - Accurate Armour K183

US ARMY M19 Diamond-T Tank Transporter – Accurate Armour K183

The original tractor entered UK service in 1942 with the “Hard Cab” version, and combined with the M9 Rogers trailer was despatched to North Africa. With the entry of the USA to WW2 and to meet urgent needs this combination was adopted (albeit reluctantly) by the US ARMY as the “Substitute or Limited Standard”  M19 Tank Transporter, many taken from existing UK contracts,(until the M25 was available) and was used until the end of WW-2.

Even the sceptics in the US Army had to admit that the M19 was a rather excellent combination and the 3,000 examples used preformed well throughout the war, even when used (beyond all limits!) to recover a German King Tiger and even a Jagdtiger! But with the comprehensive introduction of the Dragon Wagon it’s fate was sealed. and before wars’ end and late 1940′s/ early 1950′s  the USA supplied new vehicles and disposed of ex-service M19 combinations to Russia, Israel (see our kits K184 & K185), Denmark, France, Australia, Canada, Italy, Netherlands, Belgium, South Africa, W.Germany & Austria. Possibly others?

All in all the M19 had a short but memorable service life with the U.S.ARMY.


Diamond T Tranksporter with Sherman tank, in u...

Diamond T Tranksporter with Sherman tank, in use by the Dutch army. Picture taken at the historic army days at Oirschot, the Netherlands (Photo credit: Wikipedia)