Corgi US60415 US M16 Half-Track - 25th Anti-Aircraft Artillery Battalion, 25th Infantry Division, Korea, 1951 (1:50 Scale)
"In war there is no second prize for the runner-up."
- General Omar Bradley
The best known American halftracks were the M series made as a standardized design by Autocar, Diamond T, International and White. The M series had a similar front end to the White M3A1 Scout Car but used more powerful engines: a 147bhp 6.3-liter White AX in the Autocar, Diamond T, and White, and a 143bhp 1HC in the International. Each version had four-speed gearboxes with two-speed transfer boxes and drive to the front axle as well as the tracked bogie. The M series halftracks were widely used by US forces in most theatres of the war, and were also supplied under the Lend-Lease Program to Great Britain, Canada and the Soviet Union. A total of 41,170 were made.
This particular 1:50 scale half-track was attached to the 25th AAA Battalion, 25th Infantry Division, deployed to Korea in January 1951 and features a quad-mount .50 caliber gun mounted in the rear compartment. Sold Out!
Length: 5 inches
Width: 2 inches
Release Date: January 2007
Historical Account: "Meat Chopper" - Most US Army infantry divisions deployed to Korea had an AAA battalion consisting of eight M15A1 combination gun motor carriages (CGMC) and eight M16 MGMCs. These were very occassionally used in their intended role of air defense in the first weeks of the war against the North Korean People's Army Yak-9 and IL-10 attack aircraft. However, once the latter had been destroyed by the autumn of 1950, the half-tracks were sent forward to provide direct infantry fire support with their deadly quad M45D .50-cal. machine guns. The M16 MGMC's high rate of fire made it an ideal anti-personnel weapon against massed Communist infantry attacks.