1/72 Die Cast Armor - Forces of Valor
M3A1 half track, #95024
The M3 half track was designed to be an infantry carrier1 for motorized artillery and armored divisions.4
The M3 had a rear access door.4 A .30 cal machine gun was mounted on a M25 pedestal mount. M3s had either a winch or an unditching roller.5 There were racks on the outside of the passenger compartment that held 24 anti-personnel mines.4
The passengers were carried on two benches in the back that faced each other.4
Standardized in 1940.1 Autocar was the lowest bidder and was selected for production.4 They were later joined by Diamond T. and White.4
Production: 1941 - February 19444
Manufactured by: Autocar, Diamond T, White4
Production: October 1943 - January 19444
Manufactured by: Diamond T.4
M3 upgrades: 2,2704
Manufactured by Autocar Co., Diamond T Motor Co., White Motor Co.
M3A1: Fitted ring mount M49 and pulpit for .50 cal machine gun.1,4 Had 3 pintle sockets on each side and at the rear for mounting a machine gun.4
M3A2: Was designed to take place of M3, M3A1, M2,and M2A1.4 Stowage arrangements internally could be changed to carry 5 to 12 men.1 Some variations were to be a machine gun squad carrier which would carry additional ammunition and water cooled machine guns. Fuel tanks were moved to be behind the passenger and driver seats.