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Do WWII M24 Chaffee got all steel idlers?

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Do WWII M24 Chaffee got all steel idlers?
Posted by DoEddi on Wednesday, July 04, 2018 6:22 AM

I am working on a 1/35 M24 Chaffee, which I inteneded to represent a WWII AFV. I have the options to use either idlers with rubber rim or all steel, so could anyone tell me whether WWII's Chaffee got all steel idlers?

I had been researching this over the net, but couldn't find an answer. So if you know about this please tell me. Thanks in advance.

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    July, 2014
  • From: Rifle, CO. USA
Posted by M1GarandFan on Wednesday, July 04, 2018 11:19 AM

I can't be sure about the idlers, so my post here might be worthless. I checked my book "late war u.s. tanks, the Pershing, Chaffee and M40 spg" by david doyle. All the photos of WW2 M24's there are in B/W, but they certainly look like they are rubber rimmed. When I completed my Bronco M24 the idlers were painted as if rubber. Good luck with your further research.

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  • From: ON, Canada
Posted by jgeratic on Thursday, July 05, 2018 2:09 PM

Chaffee not my area of interest, but thought I could help by looking at the walk arounds at primeportal:

All I see is rubber on the roadwheels and return rollers, but nothing on the idler.  Which kit are you building, maybe a review is out there that sheds light on the options?




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  • From: Rifle, CO. USA
Posted by M1GarandFan on Thursday, July 05, 2018 3:17 PM

Wow, did I have a brain fart on my response to your post. You asked about idlers and I responded about return rollers. My apologies for that.

As far as I can see, the idlers are in fact just steel and not rubber rimmed.

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Posted by stikpusher on Thursday, July 05, 2018 8:36 PM

These have steel (or all metal) idler wheels




So so does this one...



so best SWAG based off of period photos says for WWII production vehicles, no rubber rim idlers...


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Posted by Peter Smith on Saturday, July 07, 2018 1:14 PM

The museum tank at Bovington, one of the few supplied to the UK during WW2, has steel-rimmed idlers with slots in the running faces.

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Posted by DoEddi on Thursday, July 12, 2018 8:48 PM

Thanks you guys. At least we could confirmed that some M24 Chaffee have all steel idlers in WWII.

I would go ahead and make mine M24 Chaffee model has all steel idlers.


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