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47lincsled

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M-2 mine racks
« on: October 16, 2014, 11:03:07 PM »
 After looking at hundreds of photos of half-track in Europe I have come to the conclusion that there was a pretty good chance that an M-2 that had been retrofitted to A1 configuration probably would have mine racks installed as well, although it looks like more time then not stuff other then mines was actually stored in them, which is handy because I'll never be able to afford that many mines but yet love that lived in look that they developed over there. I know there is a set of sketches for the mine racks for an M-3, but the M-2 front brackets would be different, does some one have the drawings for that bracket, or the whole thing. I've decided this is going to be my winter project this year. Thanks Bob.

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Re: M-2 mine racks
« Reply #1 on: October 17, 2014, 08:41:26 AM »
You will notice they call them mine racks but rarely will you see wartime pics of them there. Lets face it, mines on the outside where troops are sitting inside wasnt the smartest thing lol
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Re: M-2 mine racks
« Reply #2 on: October 17, 2014, 11:41:56 AM »
 Usually you only see mines in the racks early in the war, once we started moving into Germany you mostly saw ammo cans, which is what I would use, a lot less likely to blow up if hit by a bullet!

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« Reply #3 on: October 19, 2014, 08:24:51 PM »
I have some drawings I made from my mineracks.  They are for an M3, but you can shorten them for an M2.

http://odfever.com/folly/Galleries/Mineracks/Mineracks.htm
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Re: M-2 mine racks
« Reply #4 on: October 19, 2014, 09:41:36 PM »
As far as I can tell the only difference is the front mounting plate, because the side door on the M-2 was in the way, the plate can't be as long and the angle of the bend will probably be different as well, there are measurements already on this site for the M-3 racks which I can use for everything but the front bracket, I was really hoping someone with an M-2 with mine racks would chip in!

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« Reply #5 on: October 19, 2014, 10:43:14 PM »
 I've been digging through Hunnicuts book tonight, comparing the differences on the mine racks, and I'm thinking they used the same plate on the front of the mine racks,instead of the angle pointing down as it does on the M-3 they point it up, I need to look up the dimensions for the side locker door then draw up a scale ruler for the picture in one of my books, it has a good close up of the ammo door but also shows a good shot of the very front of the front mounting plate, as usual nothing comes easy on these thing!

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Re: M-2 mine racks
« Reply #6 on: October 21, 2014, 08:57:14 PM »
Bob,
If you can be patient I will make drawings of my mine racks with photos but it will have to wait till November as I'm getting ready for winter and getting over a cold now.

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Re: M-2 mine racks
« Reply #7 on: October 21, 2014, 09:12:24 PM »
 Thanks Steve, Andrew  over at the G took a bunch of pictures wit a tape in them so I should be good to go,I appreciate the help.

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Re: M-2 mine racks
« Reply #8 on: October 22, 2014, 07:59:13 AM »
haaaaa im also here  ;D

Thanks Steve, Andrew  over at the G took a bunch of pictures wit a tape in them so I should be good to go,I appreciate the help.
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Re: M-2 mine racks
« Reply #9 on: October 22, 2014, 08:39:08 PM »
I could use those mine rack pictures also, could you post them here?

andy

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Re: M-2 mine racks
« Reply #10 on: October 23, 2014, 09:39:56 AM »
These are of the right/passenger side
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Re: M-2 mine racks
« Reply #11 on: October 23, 2014, 05:25:54 PM »
Thanks! a picture is worth a thousand words...

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Re: M-2 mine racks
« Reply #12 on: October 23, 2014, 07:04:50 PM »
 With that tape measure in there it will be no problem to replicate them, as soon as I get all my fire wood in I'm going to get started!

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Re: M-2 mine racks
« Reply #13 on: October 24, 2014, 07:49:56 AM »
any other shots needed just ask

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Re: M-2 mine racks
« Reply #14 on: October 30, 2014, 05:48:24 AM »
hello
original m2a1 mine rack available in europe , take out , stored outside with light pitting
olivier