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Museum Review: Ropkey Armor Museum, Indiana


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The_Chieftain #1 Posted Jul 23 2012 - 23:29

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As you’re driving along I-74 a little West of Indianapolis, you may happen to see on the little sign advertising ‘attractions’ just before one of the off-ramps a picture of a tank, with the words “tank museum” under it. Crawfordsville, IN, is a rather unusual place to find a tank museum, but there’s one there.
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MisterPatriot #2 Posted Jul 24 2012 - 00:48

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Cool!

Thurnock #3 Posted Jul 24 2012 - 00:53

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Got to go I am only 2hrs away

LoPan #4 Posted Jul 24 2012 - 01:00

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was there the day the Chieftain was... met a good group of folks that day... and probably got on Chieftains nerves getting all the tidbits of info out of him about the stuff there lol

HOTA_CHATON #5 Posted Jul 24 2012 - 01:06

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Nice, keep on a findin em.

whitedragonking #6 Posted Jul 24 2012 - 01:07

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damn good heart. wish i could give him some money for a bigger place with those tanks. a Japanese tank wow. make me want the jap tree to come out sooner. those tank are rare

Zulnex #7 Posted Jul 24 2012 - 01:19

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Very nice read. Many thanks.

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I was there that day when the Chieftan visited.  It was an excellent display of well kept tanks.   And, you can not beat the admission price-- free.   I have many pictures of them.  I did not get the Japanese tank though.  I am happy to see his photo of it.   I was wondering when the Chieftan would write an article about the museum.  It was a great day.  They also have a photo as well as decals of my Men of Honor clan logo- the tank eating tiger on display.

Mr Ropkey said each tank does run.  He works on all the engines.  He actually fired up the armoured tractor while we were there.  I got a real cool Ropkey Armour Museum tee shirt too.

My favorite tank on display: M1917A1, M3 Stuart, Bren, Patton tanks.  :Smile_Default:

Limousin #9 Posted Jul 24 2012 - 01:42

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I think we need to see some pictures from Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD. I mean that place has all kinda tanks from different eras, including KVs and IS', tank destoryers and SPGs.

LightningStriker911 #10 Posted Jul 24 2012 - 02:10

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i wish i can go there :Smile_teethhappy:

Edsgarth #11 Posted Jul 24 2012 - 02:18

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I am amazed at the sheer number of pintle mounted M2A1's! And lmao at the TOP Shelf water cooled collection! The M8 scout even has the water cooled .30 cal used for early state side training!

My god even the Hull and coaxial monted .30 cals are in place!

The more I look closely at the photo's, the more freaking impressive this collection is.

Edited by Edsgarth, Jul 24 2012 - 02:20.


abramshunter #12 Posted Jul 24 2012 - 02:38

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That's the kind of collection I dream of owning myself one day, must be amazing for that man to have so many vehicles that represent an important part of history

Drakenred #13 Posted Jul 24 2012 - 03:23

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the Shinoto Chi-Ha is when I first realised I was a bit too tall...

the_moidart #14 Posted Jul 24 2012 - 03:41

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Nice review, would have been nice to see these airplanes you refer to.

And good job bringing to our attention a place that 99% of us probably haven't heard of!

ForcestormX #15 Posted Jul 24 2012 - 04:17

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Aww, Force isn't far from the Indy area...I'd like to think I'm worth it. :Smile_veryhappy:

But in all seriousness, it was worth the visit there.

OSHOW #16 Posted Jul 24 2012 - 04:27

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Very cool stuff

VonChoker #17 Posted Jul 24 2012 - 04:34

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great review chieftain, thanks for the pictures.

Usa_Rox_All #18 Posted Jul 24 2012 - 04:35

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Awesome! I think I'm going to take a road trip there!

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Maus123 #19 Posted Jul 24 2012 - 04:44

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All American vehicles? Then what's a Bren carrier doing there?

Killertomato #20 Posted Jul 24 2012 - 05:17

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That's the best man cave I've ever seen. Good pictures, Chieftain.




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