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The Chieftain's Hatch: Type 97 "Shinhoto Chi-Ha" Restoration


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Content_WG #1 Posted Jun 28 2014 - 16:50

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This week, Moonshadow tells us about some of his adventures in restoring a particularly rare and upgraded Japanese Type-97.

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Legiondude #2 Posted Jun 28 2014 - 17:04

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Definitely interesting

Daigensui #3 Posted Jun 28 2014 - 17:05

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Chi-ha-tan!

koiboy4343 #4 Posted Jun 28 2014 - 17:17

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what is going on with the maus? haven't heard any updates in a loooong time.

General_Walton_H_Walker #5 Posted Jun 28 2014 - 17:44

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Awesome article Moon!

lordelamin #6 Posted Jun 28 2014 - 18:01

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Fredricksburg would make a nice little week end trip for me. I'd like to see what one looks like up close.

Zealot_Warrior #7 Posted Jun 28 2014 - 18:13

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Id like to see the writing on the toothbrush. Did they have it translated?

stalkervision #8 Posted Jun 28 2014 - 18:36

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anyone know why the entire fighting compartment of the hull and turret was insulated in asbestos sheets ?

Blackhorse_Six #9 Posted Jun 28 2014 - 18:45

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View Poststalkervision, on Jun 28 2014 - 13:36, said:

anyone know why the entire fighting compartment of the hull and turret was insulated in asbestos sheets ?

 

For most of the 20th century, asbestos was used for a great many things, including insulation for boiler & turbine piping in ships, which is why you see so many ambulance-chasing attorney ads on television seeking victims of mesothelioma.

 

The US Navy replaces it's trunk piping 2-3 times as often as the commercial fleet.

 

In this case, the asbestos sheeting was probably used as insulation and/or a spall-liner.



SoukouDragon #10 Posted Jun 28 2014 - 19:15

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Very interesting thank you.

RedShocktrooper #11 Posted Jun 28 2014 - 20:57

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View Postkoiboy4343, on Jun 28 2014 - 09:17, said:

what is going on with the maus? haven't heard any updates in a loooong time.

 

Kubinka Tank Museum clarified that Maus was not going to be restored ahead of (in my opinion, more interesting) Soviet tanks.

 

#letmausrust



CCCP_GDR #12 Posted Jun 28 2014 - 22:33

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Makes me proud to drive my Chinese Type 2597 Chi-Ha.

Xlucine #13 Posted Jun 28 2014 - 22:38

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I believe M3 stuart also has asbestos sheets around the interior

The_Warhawk #14 Posted Jun 28 2014 - 23:34

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View PostXlucine, on Jun 28 2014 - 14:38, said:

I believe M3 stuart also has asbestos sheets around the interior

 

I took a quick look at TM 9-726 as well as the British Handbook on the M2A4-M3A1. There only appears to be asbestos around the brakes as well as on a safety disk on the cartridge starter for the Diesel powered versions of the tank. I don't remember reading about the M3 having an Asbestos lining when reviewing Hunnicutt's book on the Stuart.



JohnWulf #15 Posted Jun 29 2014 - 00:47

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You mentioned they finished restoring it and it is now on display, perhaps a pic of that would be an appropriate addition to the article?

lordelamin #16 Posted Jun 29 2014 - 02:02

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Fredricksberg is about 4 hours from me. ni really don't want to go down on the 4th of july week-end, but maybe before early September?

Anchobi #17 Posted Jun 29 2014 - 04:30

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I should volunteer my time to restoring rusting hulks...

 

no tank deserves to die a slow death to the elements. 



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View PostBlackhorse_Six, on Jun 28 2014 - 12:45, said:

 

For most of the 20th century, asbestos was used for a great many things, including insulation for boiler & turbine piping in ships, which is why you see so many ambulance-chasing attorney ads on television seeking victims of mesothelioma.

 

In this case, the asbestos sheeting was used as a spall-liner.

One of the other common uses is in floor tile. Ever see 9 x 9 tiles? Don't remove them yourself



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View PostThe_Warhawk, on Jun 28 2014 - 18:34, said:

I took a quick look at TM 9-726 as well as the British Handbook on the M2A4-M3A1. There only appears to be asbestos around the brakes as well as on a safety disk on the cartridge starter for the Diesel powered versions of the tank. I don't remember reading about the M3 having an Asbestos lining when reviewing Hunnicutt's book on the Stuart.

 

The firewall separating the the engine compartment from the fighting compartment may also have had an asbestos lining ...



Pattonspunch #20 Posted Jun 29 2014 - 07:05

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Great article Moonshadow. The mention of the mystery tank's origins from San Clemente Island's firing range tripped something in my memory. Just 2 weeks ago I happened to be looking at San Clemente Island on Google Maps. At the bottom of the screen where they show photos from the locations on the map I noticed a particular photo of an upside down, rusted tank turret. (https://www.google.c...661253!2e1!3e10)  After reading the article and looking at the photo again I do believe that it is a turret from a Japanese Chi-Ha. If you happen to read post this I thought you might get a kick out of the picture as well.




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