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Armor and ground forces of the Allied forces during World War II.
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Infomation Please "Softskins" or "Hardskins"?
New Hampshire, United States
Joined: June 06, 2002
KitMaker: 1,225 posts
AeroScale: 55 posts
Posted: Tuesday, April 15, 2003 - 03:07 AM UTC
I would like to know some information on the following vehicles weather they are "Softskins" or "Hardskins". Also, what is the difination of "Softskins" and "Hardskins"?

M3 Stuart
M5A1 Early
M5A1 Late

Thank you for the information.
North Carolina, United States
Joined: February 22, 2002
KitMaker: 11,718 posts
AeroScale: 305 posts
Posted: Tuesday, April 15, 2003 - 03:24 AM UTC
I would say - they are all hard skins.
I would say the general rule of thumb is - if they were designed around armor they are hardskin. If they were designed first then had armor added they would be softskin.
I am not really as 'up to date' on the definition so I'd see what people like GunTruck and all have to add.
Massachusetts, United States
Joined: May 05, 2002
KitMaker: 8,074 posts
AeroScale: 328 posts
Posted: Tuesday, April 15, 2003 - 03:29 AM UTC
I think they'd all be considered armored, i.e., hardskins. Softskins would be an Opel Blitz, a deuce and a half, a jeep. Where you get real dicey about this definition are half track like the Sdkfz 250 and things like Gunnie's guntrucks. About the only fully track vehicle kit I can think of that would be considered soft skinned is the German Steyr tractor.
Pennsylvania, United States
Joined: October 05, 2002
KitMaker: 2,659 posts
AeroScale: 209 posts
Posted: Tuesday, April 15, 2003 - 03:32 AM UTC
My personal definition is this.

Any Truck, Car, Jeep, Armored Car, or Halftrack, I consider a "softskin" as they were not designed to go head to head with Tanks.

Any Tank, or Tank Hunter, or Tank Destroyer and any other med to heavyly armored vehicle designed to fight tanks head to head I consider "hardskins"

of course this is my own personal way of defineing them.
California, United States
Joined: December 01, 2001
KitMaker: 5,885 posts
AeroScale: 103 posts
Posted: Tuesday, April 15, 2003 - 05:32 AM UTC
Ditto to all the above posts - they're "hardskins".