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Canadian Skink anti-aircraft tank

Dubbed "Project 47" by the Canadian military, the Skink was a Canadian built self-propelled anti-aircraft tank intended to be used with the Normandy landings. Utilizing the Grizzly 1 chassis as the base, the Canadian military designed a new cast turret that could hold 4 (Polish) Polsten 20mm autocannons.

 

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Skink_anti-aircraft_tank

 

Plans to build these, as well as conversion kits for existing Grizzly and Sherman tanks, were quickly superseded by the realization that Allied air forces had achieved air supremacy over Normandy. As a result only three vehicles and eight conversion kits were completed.

 

The single Skink that was shipped to Europe saw action outside of Nijmegen where it's guns were used on German infantry with devastating effect.

 

Reference pics:

www.wwiivehicles.com/canada/tank-medium/grizzly.asp

bcoy1cpb.pacdat.net/Skink_WWII_photos_from_DESIGN_RECORD_...

www.armorama.com/modules.php?op=modload&name=SquawkBo...

  

Key notes about this build:

 

100% Old Dark Grey

4 x Brickarms Gunmetal M1919 Machine Gun (modified to represent the Polsten autocannons)

1 x Brickarms Gunmetal M203 Grenade Launcher (used to represent the hull mounted .30 cal).

 

Part use credit to Dan Siskind (Brickmania) as much of the side skirt design is from his M3 Grant model.

 

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Taken on January 30, 2012