ICM Maultier Halftrack Ambulance

ICM has announced a 1/35th-scale kit depicting a German Maultier halftrack ambulance from WWII: No. 35414 – V3000S/SS M Maultier with Shelter (WWII German Ambulance Truck).

V3000S/SS M Maultier with Shelter (WWII German Ambulance Truck)

 

A-26 Invader Ditching Procedure

A-26 ditching procedure, from: Pilot’s Handbook for Army Models A-26B and A-26C Airplanes, AN 01-40AJ-1, August 1945, revised January 1946.

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Night Binoculars for the P-61 Pilot

Night binoculars for the P-61 Black Widow night fighter as described in the Pilot Training Manual for the Black Widow, P-61, Office of Assistant Chief of Air Staff Training, Headquarters AAF, Washington, D.C. The night binoculars combined 5.8 power night glasses with an optical gunsight. The P-61 pilot could use the night binoculars for both general flying and as a accurate gunsight.

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Night Binoculars

P-61B’s have night binoculars for the pilot. With these binoculars, he can see to shoot accurately about four times as far at night as he can without them.

The night binoculars are mounted on a carriage that travels along a track straddling the windows to the left of the pilot’s seat. Normally, when not in use, they are stowed behind him, approximately over the front entrance door.

The night binoculars are a combination of 5.8 power night glasses and optical gunsight. They are mounted on gimbals, which prevent all vibration from affecting them, and are set in a frame which swings out from the carriage like a door.

When starting out on a mission in which he expects to use the night binoculars but doesn’t need them right away, the pilot usually pulls the binocular carriage forward as far as it will go but leaves the binoculars swung back against the carriage until he needs them.

When he’s ready to use the binoculars, the pilot swings them forward and then locks them in position directly in front of him by turning a handle at the top of the frame.

There’s a pistol grip at the left side of the binocular frame. With this grip, the pilot can rotate the binoculars from side to side and up and down, for searching. He must return them to the gunsight position before using them for shooting. A rheostat on the binocular frame controls the lighting of the gunsight.

With a little practice, the pilot can fly the P-61 at night while he’s looking through the binoculars. In place of the circle and dot of light in his regular gunsight, there is a horizontal row of four illuminated dots in the gunsight of the night binoculars. The pilot lines these dots up with the wing of the plane he is following and uses that combination for an artificial horizon. The inner dots of the gunsight are 10 mils apart and the outer dots are 70 mils apart. This scale enables the pilot to determine the enemy’s range with remarkable accuracy.

M24 Light Tank Illustration

Diagram of the M24 Light Tank. (Source: Technical Manual TM 9-1729A, U.S. War Department, 1944.)

M24 Light Tank

 

M26 Driver’s Controls

Diagrams of the driver’s compartment on the M26 armored tractor from TM 9-767: 40-Ton Tank Transporter Truck-Trailer M25, War Department Technical Manual, U.S. War Department, February 1944.

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A–WINDSHIELD THUMB SCREW
B–SPEEDOMETER
C–AMMETER
D–INSTRUMENT PANEL LIGHT
E–TACHOMETER
F–OIL TEMPERATURE GAGE
G–TACHOMETER TELLTALE LOCK
H–FLOODLIGHT SWITCH
J–FUEL GAGE (RIGHT FUEL TANK)
K–WINDSHIELD WIPER
L–WINDSHIELD WIPER SWITCH
M–AIR HORN BUTTON
N–HAND THROTTLE LEVER
P–CHOKE LEVER
Q–RADIATOR FILLER CAP COVER
R–ENGINE EOMPARTMENT SIDE COVER (DOOR)
S–TURNBUCKLE
T–SIREN LIGHT SWITCH
U–BLACKOUT DRIVING LIGHT SWITCH
V–STARTER SWITCH
W–IGNITION SWITCHES
X–AUXILIARY TRANSMISSION SHIFT LEVER
Y–MAIN TRANSMISSION SHIFT LEVER
Z–RIGHT AIR BRAKE HAND CONTROL
AA–TRAILER BRAKE HAND CONTROL
AB–FRONT AXLE DECLUTCH LEVER
AC–ENGINE VENTILATOR
AD–FUEL TANK CHANGE-OVER VALVE
AE–ACCELERATOR PEDAL
AF–BRAKE PEDAL
AG–LIGHT SWITCH
AH–OIL PRESSURE GAGE
AJ–LEFT AIR BRAKE HAND CONTROL
AK–HEADLIGHT DIMMER SWITCH
AL–WINDSHIELD RACK
AM–CLUTCH PEDAL
AN–HAND BRAKE LEVER
AP–SIREN SWITCH
AQ–WINDSHIELD RACK
AR–WATER TEMPERATURE GAGE
AS–INSTRUMENT PANEL LIGHT SWITCH
AT–AIR PRESSURE GAGE
AU–CANTEEN
AV–FUEL GAGE (LEFT FUEL TANK)
AW–WINDSHIELD
AX–CHAIN AND WING SCREW FOR INSTRUMENT PANEL