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T23 radio control
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Neil_Baumgardner
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PostPosted: Sun May 23, 2010 5:30 pm
Post subject: T23 radio control

Anyone have any pictures that show what the T23 medium tank remote controllers looked like? Hunnicutt (Pershing, pages 81-82) refers to them, but as far as I can find doesnt show them - and I cant find any pictures or illustrations anywhere else.

Maybe in the Patton Museum archives you have been digging through Don? Or a T23 manual if one exists?

I have a theory that the odd cable coming out of the MG port on this T23 is the remains of the remote controller system...

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PostPosted: Sun May 23, 2010 6:05 pm
Post subject: Re: T23 tank remote controllers?

Actually, I do have this photo - which appears to support my theory - but I still dont know what the controller looks like under the cover...



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PostPosted: Sun May 23, 2010 7:05 pm
Post subject: Re: T23 tank remote controllers?

Neil, the device in your second photo is for radio control, not for "walk-along", tethered control. I got the impression that the walk-along system was easy to connect (did not require removing bow MG), like the systems LeTourneau used.

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PostPosted: Sun May 23, 2010 9:28 pm
Post subject: Re: T23 radio control

Neil I am pretty sure there is a picture of the wired remote control for the T23 in Hunnicutt. I'll have to see if I can find it.

I have my own theory about the tubing coming out of the bow MG opening on the T23 in your picture. The mantlet on that vehicle has been replaced with a clear panel (plexiglas?). I think that T23 survived as a protected observation post on the ranges at Aberdeen. I figured that the armored cable was either for communications and/or power for cameras and instrumentation.

Why do topics like this come up just after I've been at Aberdeen. I could have looked at the chassis and seen if there are any cable remnants in the flexible conduit when we were up there Saturday Sad

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PostPosted: Mon May 24, 2010 12:45 am
Post subject: Re: T23 radio control

I looked at the cable on Saturday, though I didnt take any pictures. I think the cable is a bit older than the glass in the turret, looks like a 1940s era heavy duty DC power cable (though admittedly I am not an expert on such things) - with the associated 60+ years of rust.

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Post subject: Re: T23 radio control

Our T23 has gone thru a rebuild and the BOW machine gun is properly mounted, so I'm clueless on the mods that the APG T23 has. Bob does make a good point.

I haven't looked into the T23, so I'm not sure if anything exists. On my next Library 'lurking' visit, I'll see what I can dig up.

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