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1978 M60 A3 by melkorius 1978 M60 A3 by melkorius
The 105 mm Gun Full Tracked Combat Tank, M60, also known unofficially as the M60 Patton, is a first-generation main battle tank (MBT) introduced in December 1960. It was widely used by the U.S. and its Cold War allies, especially those in NATO, and remains in service throughout the world today despite having been superseded by the M1 Abrams in the U.S. military. Egypt is currently the largest operator with 1,700 upgraded M60A3s, Turkey is second with more than 900 upgraded units in service, and Israel is third with over 700 units of Israeli variants.

In 1978, work began on the M60A3 variant. It featured a number of technological enhancements, including smoke dischargers, a new flash-lamp pumped ruby-laser based rangefinder (AN/VVG-2) that could be used by both commander and gunner, and an M21 ballistic computer, and a turret stabilization system.

Late production M60A3s omitted the commander's cupola (Israeli Defence Force armor doctrine required tank commanders to fight commander-exposed, and it was discovered that non-penetrating hits upon the vehicle could dislodge the cupola from its mount while the commander was in it). The remote-controlled M85 machinegun was relatively ineffective in the anti-aircraft role for which it was designed compared to a conventional pintle mount. Removing the cupola lowered the vehicle's relatively high silhouette. The cupola's hatch also opened toward the rear of the vehicle and was dangerous to close if under small-arms fire owing to an open-locking mechanism that required the user to apply leverage to unlock it prior to closing.

The M60A3 was phased out of US service in 1997, but it has remained a front-line MBT into the 21st century for a number of other countries.
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krisiskiller101 Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
MW2 Model? Still, awesoem.
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MorituriMax Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2014
the scale looks off.. after armor, equipment, engine, transmission, ammo, how is there any room left inside for people?
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1Wyrmshadow1 Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012
Good MERDC camo on the model, but a modern soldier in ACUs look out of place next to 1980's camouflage.
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melkorius Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012  Professional General Artist
Yes you are right, but the purpose of the soldier is only to have an idea of the size of the tank :D
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bobcatt Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2012  Professional General Artist
lol yeah remember driving these beast around and the old M48s the predecessor. and then the M1 came
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melkorius Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2012  Professional General Artist
Dam...are they still in serviše?
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bobcatt Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2012  Professional General Artist
the Army national guard finally got enough M1s that most the M60s were retired few years ago, some went in storage in the event shit hits the fan g havea few as back up, others sold to countries that still use em. rest target practice.
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melkorius Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2012  Professional General Artist
What is your favorite tank?
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bobcatt Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2012  Professional General Artist
the M551A2 was fun, it was small fast and had frigging huge cannon and air drop able. Was not well armored, didn't have ass load of useless electronics and was not real maintenance whore its was roughy the size of most apcs. the M2A2 took its place and only the 82nd and the OPFOR aggressor forces had em till the 82 was orders to pitch them into the ocean to make a artificial reef, and left with nothing they did get M2A2s later, but most of their deployments they were in up-armored humvess..
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melkorius Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2012  Professional General Artist
Going to make a render with the M2A2 ...just for you ;)
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