movie M24 Chaffee
Posted 10 July 2010 - 08:13 AM
I have had this for some time. My wife got it for me from an old friend that used to hit a lot of movie back lot sales in the '70's.
It is a surviving prop from the movie "Battle of the Bulge" (1965)
I am told it was one of the tanks in the scene with the Chaffee's below the ridge and the German (M47) tanks cresting the ridge above and the Chaffeee's firing into them point blank, during the big battle scene at the end of the film.
It is about 4 1/2 feet long, 2 1/2 feet wide and about 2 feet tall. It easily weights over 200 pounds.
I have chosen to leave the last of the remaining movie paint on it, rather than do a full up restoration.
Posted 10 July 2010 - 01:46 PM
Posted 11 July 2010 - 09:02 AM
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Posted 11 July 2010 - 09:39 AM
Wish I could find one of the German M47's to go with it!
I can here Telly now, "It's like throwing tennis balls at 'em!"
Posted 11 July 2010 - 09:57 AM
It is made entirely out of metal, like I said it easily weighs over 200 lbs. Many parts look as though they were cast.
It does roll, it is the only way to move it around, unless one or two friends come over and we lift it.
I am told that it was pulled in the movie by thin cable or was stationary, as it was not motorized.
Posted 11 July 2010 - 02:38 PM
I've been meaning to pick up the italeri M-24 and build "Bargain Basement"... Savalas' Chaffee, festooned with duffles and crates... This really makes me want to take that project on!!!
I've got a COMPLETE, UNBUILT kit just collecting dust, if you are interested drop me a PM..
Posted 11 July 2010 - 02:44 PM
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Posted 13 July 2010 - 07:33 AM
the impression that it was "found".
Ever watch the movie and try to pick out a tank with a roll of wire hangin to the turret?
Posted 21 July 2010 - 09:52 AM
Around what scale is this model? Any conversion specialists here?
I think it is pretty close to 1/4 scale, using rough numbers
Posted 20 August 2015 - 01:12 PM
Thought I would bump this thread back to the top, as it has fallen into
old thread never never land.
I was just out on the back patio brushing some dust off the 'ole M24...it still looks the same.
I ultimately chose not to restore it, leaving the last of the "Battle of the Bulge"
paint remaining and getting a beautiful patina.
Posted 20 August 2015 - 10:26 PM
WOW!! What an awesome find. I agree with some of the fellas; it is extremely tempting to restore that beauty. Well if you do don't forget to post your progress.
Posted 20 January 2019 - 11:48 AM
One of these days I’ll have to bring it to a local show.
Posted 11 February 2019 - 05:23 PM
Thanks for showing this.
Posted 12 February 2019 - 08:01 AM
I don't know how I missed this the first time around. Great detail and a fantastic display.
Posted 12 February 2019 - 08:57 AM
Wonderful prop and I know the movie is anything but accurate, but I love watching it!
Posted 13 February 2019 - 06:08 PM
I bumped the thread so it wouldn’t get forgotten.
I sure wish one of the M47’s from the film would surface, would be great to see.
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