Regular readers may have noticed that April has seen a sharp decrease in the number of posts here. Don’t worry, this is a temporary slow-down. Recent events have conspired to limit the time and energy I have to put into the site right now. These include a heavy schedule at work and dealing with an ailing parent. I am hoping that by next week things here at Tank and AFV News will return to normal.
In the meantime, here are some pictures of some tank related objects that have recently come into my possession:
Pictured below are a couple of desktop models of US tank engines from Teledyne Continental Motors. The one one the left should be familiar to most readers, it is the AVDS-1790-2C, the engine powering the US M-60 tank. The engine on the right is a bit more obscure, it’s the AVCR-1360-2. This engine was developed for the MBT-70 program and later was used to power General Motors XM-1 prototype which lost to the Chrysler Defense gas turbine powered XM-1 entry.
Speaking of the AVDS-1790, here is piece of one! This is the cylinder head cover to one of the twelve air-cooled cylinders of an AVDS-1790. Not sure how old this item is, but it has to have been manufactured prior to 1996 since it still has the “Continental” logo on it.
Here is a drawing showing where this item fits on the cylinder.
From Russia I now have this wooden cutout from Uraltransmash corporation.
The last item in this post is this little clear plastic decorative item from General Dynamics in 1987 celebrating the first chips cut on their Abrams Recovery Vehicle. The block has embedded inside it two metal chips and a graphic showing an image of the vehicle and text announcing that the Abrams Recovery Vehicle “meets user needs.” Unfortunately for General Dynamics, it did not meet the US Army’s needs as well as the M88A2 Hercules and the Abrams Recovery Vehicle never went into production.