Takom brings us the M247 Sargeant York in brilliant 1/35 scale and amazing detail
History of the Tank
The M247 Sergeant York is a self-propelled anti-aircraft gun that began development in the late 1970s as a replacement for the M163 self-propelled anti-aircraft gun in the United States. In 1973, the U.S. Army witnessed the success of the Soviet ZSU-23-4 Shilka in the Fourth Middle East War, and research on a new anti-aircraft tank under the name of DIVAD (Division Air Defense) was begun in 1977.
In response to the request of the U.S. Army, several companies, including Ford Aerospace, submitted a basic plan for DIVAD using the M48A3 tank for the body; finally, the U.S. Army proposed prototypes be built from General Dynamics's and Ford Aerospace's submissions. After testing both prototypes, the U.S. Army adopted the Ford Aerospace prototype vehicle under the formal designation of M247 and gave it the nickname "Sergeant York." After that, the M247 continued to be tested, but in the 1990s, when the need for an anti-aircraft tank was questioned within the U.S. Army, even though nearly 50 M247s had been completed, it was never deployed.
About the Kit
This model kit from Takom features main hatches that can be built opened or closed; the suspension and rolling wheels are movable. The tracks are connected and movable; photo-etched parts and decals for five versions are included. This kit also features workable single track links and suspension, as well as the hatched being able to be shown off both open and closed.