Posted by razorboy on Sunday, April 29, 2012,
Sherman Crew wearing the M38 at Ft. Knox, 1942
The M38 "Helmet, Tank" was developed in 1938 meeting the following criteria: 1) fits inside an M-1 helmet when shrapnel protection is needed; 2) equipped with microphone and earphones, with connecting jacks; 3) protected the crewman's head from hits on the steel interior. It first saw service in early 1942.
I began modeling with my Dad in 1963 at age 5 , my first build being a 1/48 Monogram Focke-Wulf 190 that my Pop took great pride in helping me with. In the nearly 50 years since then I have been in and out of scale modeling as the requirements of day to day life have so dictated. Throughout my modeling lifetime, the one constant has been my ability to learn something new with virtually each project and that never ceases to amaze me. Eyesight not as sharp, fingers not as functional but thank God my ability to open a model box, examine the kit and envision the scene that the finished project will compliment, grows stronger each day. Much like that surfer in constant search of that "Perfect Wave", I seek to build that "Perfect Diorama", the one that will survive me for years to come. The one that makes other Modelers "Think".