Inside the M60A2 “Starship”

This video showing interior and exterior shots of the M60A2 “Starship” recently appeared on youtube.  There is no narration to the video, but it may serve as a useful reference for anyone working on a model of this vehicle, or for those just curious what this unusual tank looked like on the inside.  The nickname “Starship” is said to have come from the complicated and (for the time) high tech equipment found inside the 152mm missile launcher/gun equipped turret. This particular tank is on display at the AAF Tank Museum located in Danville, VA.

APG Centennial Live Fire Promo

Someone had a little fun making this intentionally cheesy ad for the upcoming Centennial celebration at Aberdeen Proving Ground.

Tank Chats #35 Centurion

Another installment of the Tank Chats series from the Tank Museum at Bovington.

The thirty-fifth Tank Chat, presented David Fletcher MBE, is the first of the videos on the Centurion series of tanks.

The Centurion is one of the most important tanks in the history of the British AFV and is one of the most significant post-war Western tanks. Introduced in the spring of 1945, a small number of the Beach Armoured Recovery Version (BARV) served with the British forces during the Iraq war of 2003, 58 years later.

The Tiger Collection video from Bovington Tank Museum

Here is a short video showing off the new “Tiger Collection” Exhibition at the Bovington Tank Museum.

British tank collector finds five gold bars inside fuel tank of Iraqi tank

The Sun has posted an article about an unlikely find by British AFV collector Nick Mead.  While undertaking restoration work on an Iraqi “T54/69” (this designation is given in the article, its unclear whether this is a Soviet built T-54/55 or a Chinese Type 59), they discovered five bars of gold hidden in a fuel tank!

nintchdbpict000314875250Nick Mead, 55, discovered the five gold bars in the Russian T54/69 while restoring it to add to his collection of 150 military vehicles.

He and mechanic Todd Chamberlain were filming themselves prising open the diesel tank in case they found munitions and needed to show it to bomb disposal crews.

Instead, they pulled out the bars, weighing up to 12lb — 5kg — apiece.

Todd, 50, said a quick calculation suggested they were worth in excess of £2million.

He added: “We didn’t know what to do. You can’t exactly take five gold bullion bars down to Cash Converters without questions being asked, so we called the police.”

Nick runs Tanks-a-Lot, giving petrolheads the chance to drive any of his tanks on his farm in Helmdon, Northants.

He traded in an Army lorry and an Abbot self-propelled gun for the T54/69 in a deal worth about £30,000 after seeing it advertised on eBay.

Todd and Nick had already found machine gun ammunition while stripping down the tank and were worried they would find guns.

Instead, they discovered the gold, which they believe was looted by Iraqi soldiers in Kuwait during the Gulf War.

The tank was later captured and shipped to Britain.

Nick said: “They must have cut a hole in the fuel tank and rammed it full of gold bars.”

After calling police, two officers took away the bars and gave them a receipt.

The military buffs have stored it in a safety deposit box in London. Nick said: “Even if I don’t get any of the gold back I will still have my beautiful tank.”

A Northamptonshire Police spokesman said they could not comment “for operational reasons”.

Tank Chats #34 Chieftain

Tank Museum Curator David Willey talks about the Chieftain Main Battle Tank.

Inside the Chieftain’s Hatch: Sherman VC “Firefly” part 2

Here is part 2 of Nicholas “The Chieftain” Moran’s examination of the Sherman Firefly variant.