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USMC M1A1 - Questions on Markings
cabasner
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Posted: Sunday, February 10, 2019 - 03:39 PM UTC
Hi All,

I've been intrigued with the below image of a USMC M1A1 ever since I first saw the picture (I know this is a USMC copyrighted photo...use for info only). I plan to duplicate this tank/image, using the Meng TS-032, USMC M1A1 kit, but, I have no idea what the markings look like on this tank on the front bumper and the rear of the tank (the info on the image shows this to be a training tank at 29 Palms). Based on the image, can any of you Marine tank guys give me an idea what the markings might look like, or at least, the best way to come up with markings that would at least not be glaringly wrong, and, ideally, what aftermarket decals might be best to use. Many thanks in advance!

Epi
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Posted: Sunday, February 10, 2019 - 04:24 PM UTC
Curt,
USMC tanks usually don't have bumper numbers like Army tanks have, just registration numbers and sometimes, chevrons.

Here are a few sets I found for you.





cabasner
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Posted: Monday, February 11, 2019 - 12:47 AM UTC
Pete, you are always there to help!! Many thanks, my friend!
dinovision79
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Posted: Monday, February 11, 2019 - 01:30 AM UTC
Hi Curt,

The first few posts in this thread could help you, especially #5, wip, finished photos and history of the tank.

http://www.armorama.com/modules.php?op=modload&name=SquawkBox&file=index&req=viewtopic&topic_id=201781&page=1

Regards
Denes
Tank1812
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Posted: Monday, February 11, 2019 - 01:31 AM UTC
As I recall the EAP vehicles at 29 Palms did not have chevrons cause they where rental tanks, just registration numbers (USMC 6 Digits).