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Inside The Hatch: M37 Part 1 and 2


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The_Chieftain #1 Posted Sep 26 2012 - 12:45

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Our experiment with this video series continues with a look at the operation of the M37 Howitzer Motor Carriage. Unfortunately, some microphone issues rendered some of the external footage unusable, so part 1 of this vehicle is a little short. Still, you should get an idea as to some of the vehicle's powertrain quirks.

[UPDATE] We've added part 2



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A_UselessReptile #2 Posted Sep 26 2012 - 23:37

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nice vid :D

C107 #3 Posted Sep 26 2012 - 23:53

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cool

The_Lord_Chanka #4 Posted Sep 27 2012 - 00:38

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Nice! Do they have any working vehicles there? I would love to see The_Chieftain drive a tank around :P

SteelUnicorn #5 Posted Sep 27 2012 - 00:39

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Outstanding. I've already fallen in love with this vieo series. it's one thing to look at pictures but being able to actually see how these tanks work really gives you a sense of just how much goes into the design and function of them.

Amazing machines.

Xlucine #6 Posted Sep 27 2012 - 00:53

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Reminds me a bit of the SU-76. More engines is always better, as the Chrysler multibank shows

GhostLeeOne #7 Posted Sep 27 2012 - 00:53

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mrasianman2, on Sep 27 2012 - 00:38, said:

Nice! Do they have any working vehicles there? I would love to see The_Chieftain drive a tank around :P

Most of the tanks are fully restored and working. Here's a video of their panther running. And also a video of them restoring it!

The_Chieftain #8 Posted Sep 27 2012 - 01:28

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GhostLeeOne, on Sep 27 2012 - 00:53, said:

Most of the tanks are fully restored and working. Here's a video of their panther running. And also a video of them restoring it!

Not strictly correct. Most of the tanks are fully restored, and can be made to work with a few days' effort. Unfortunately, since most of them have spent years sitting in situ after having driven themeselves there and then been parked, I can't just turn them on.

Razven #9 Posted Sep 27 2012 - 02:09

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Chief, didn't you mention not in the video, but elsewhere that it found it odd that the M37 is a tier below the M7 SPG?

Revelat0r #10 Posted Sep 27 2012 - 02:22

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We had one of these at the VFW Post, when I was a younger, I got to explore the interior, I found it roomy but that's probably because I was only 13.

scorp1975 #11 Posted Sep 27 2012 - 02:58

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a question for ya chief,when u got from 1 tier to a higher the big gun usually has a higher rate of fire then the previous tank.why was the t30s rof increased and then the 110e4's increased as well to match the t30?

Pita_146 #12 Posted Sep 27 2012 - 03:30

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Excellent video Chieftain.  Hope the series continues!

Otto_matic_Reiffel #13 Posted Sep 27 2012 - 08:53

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These videos are great, but the intro is a bit long (nearly a quarter of the whole video).

For the next one when you are doing the idler wheel tensioning stuff, you should get out one of the wrenches (and bar) for amusement value.

collimatrix #14 Posted Sep 27 2012 - 16:34

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Wow, that is a funky drivetrain.

What was the rationale behind having dual engines?

Xlucine #15 Posted Sep 27 2012 - 16:43

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View Postcollimatrix, on Sep 27 2012 - 16:34, said:

Wow, that is a funky drivetrain.

What was the rationale behind having dual engines?

Probably same as other multi-bank engines - they have factories making small engines and it takes time to design a big engine and convert the factory to the new production, so they strap small ones together. Here's the chrysler multibank I mentioned, 5 straight-six chrysler engines driving a common driveshaft.
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It went in shermans

Colddawg #16 Posted Sep 27 2012 - 19:28

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such a tease doing it in two parts!

Grandpa_1961 #17 Posted Sep 27 2012 - 19:41

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Sierra hotel, as usual.  Cheers, and thanks for another very educational vid.

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1SLUGGO1 #18 Posted Sep 27 2012 - 21:57

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View PostThe_Chieftain, on Sep 26 2012 - 12:45, said:

Our experiment with this video series continues with a look at the operation of the M37 Howitzer Motor Carriage. Unfortunately, some microphone issues rendered some of the external footage unusable, so part 1 of this vehicle is a little short. Still, you should get an idea as to some of the vehicle's powertrain quirks.

Just some feedback.  Take it as you will, since I'm nothing close to ever becoming a video production expert of any kind.  

I think your intro is a little long.  You should cut out the "on this episode" portion of your graphic during the intro.  It's redundant, since you introduce what your talking about anyway, and it is also in the title of the video.  This will make your intro a little shorter, and you won't have to make a custom intro for every single video.

Thanks for the videos, it's obvious you guys put a bit of effort into them.  Keep em coming, they're well appreciated.

Metalgod_ #19 Posted Sep 28 2012 - 11:02

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Its cool to see some of the lesser known designs being looked at by you. Its easy to find a Sherman (in front of 1/2 the VFW posts in the US) or info on the Tiger but but some of these obscure designs are tough sometimes to get a good look at. Now if someone would only make a 1/35 scale model of this....

Breach_block #20 Posted Sep 28 2012 - 11:06

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Good work Chieftain, I did enjoy the video*. Shame that the sound issues meant that it was shorter than intended.  Heavy metal rocker that I am I thought that the intro was too long and largely redundant in terms of conveying information.**

*I come from the North of Ireland (occupied zone) so please make allowances for ingrained cultural tendency for massive understatement.
**Nitpicking as well.




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