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  1. IDF M1 Super Sherman (HVSS).

    All of the running gear completed. It took a lot less time to clean all of the parts compared to the Dragon HVSS. It helped that I was able to put the road wheels into the chuck of a mini drill to sand off the seam. I don't think that I have ever built a tank with so many wheels. Including the road wheels, idlers and the return rollers, it totals 40! New, thinner strakes added to the front of the hull/track guards. The fixed piece of rear engine deck was added from 1mm (not 20thou) card, and then blended in with Milliput. At the same time, I filled the two small slots on the rear hull plate which were meant to accept the fixed brackets for the 105mm gun cradle of the M51, as well as the two U shaped indentations on the side of the hull. Once the Milliput was sanded smooth, the front and middle sections of the engine deck were added from the M1 Sherman kit. I filled all of the holes meant for the pioneer tools with some stretched sprue. I started work on the rear hull plate by first removing the door extensions, the mouldings around the exhaust port and filling the spaces with card and Milliput. Once this was sanded smooth, the plate itself needed some surgery. It's too tall by about 10mm, so this was removed with a scalpel. There is also a kink in it, roughly where the two air filters will fix in place, so the way that I got around this was to score it on the back with a blade, and then make several swipes with an Olfa P Cutter so that it was cut half way through. This allowed me to bend it flat and glue a length of 20x20 strip into the groove. I then added a piece of 30thou card to the back of the plate to hold it all flat. I assembled the two air cleaners and filled the holes for the kit's clamps which I didn't use, with stretched sprue. When they had dried, I added the etched clamps from an Aber M4 set. The completed cleaners were then fixed to the hull plate. Other items added were the two idler tensioners and the towing pintle, plus the engine doors from the M1 kit. Before fixing the plate in place, I added a false roof to go between the frame extensions. This would also give a base for the exhausts to fix to. That's all for now. Thanks for looking. John.
  2. Scratch built 1/72 scale Austin K6

    Excellent "scratching" Sean. There's plenty to show for it. That's a lot of work gone in there. John.
  3. 'FACE OFF' btw HostingPics closing down!

    The real thing miniaturised. Nice one Badder. John.
  4. H builds the Sherman VC Firefly.

    Just a guess, could they be rear view mirror arms? I've never seen any that big before, but just possible. John.
  5. H builds the Sherman VC Firefly.

    The "C" in the designation. All British Shermans were classified by a mark number, l,ll,lll and V to denote whether they were M4, M4A1, M4A2 or M4A4 (the British didn't use the M4A3). That would sometimes be followed by a small letter to denote the gun that it was armed with. a would denote a 76mm, b a 105mm and c a 17pdr (Firefly). John.
  6. US Marines Sherman M4 (Italeri 1:35)

    I feel like 'yes' is the correct answer! Actually, just to make it even more confusing, there are M4 specific parts in that kit. If you look on that sprue on page 1 of this thread, there is an M4 rear hull plate, M4 exhausts, air filters and the armoured cover for the intake on the forward engine deck. But there's no M4 engine deck (at least, not in those photos). John.
  7. Corsair’s M10 Achilles IIC

    Nice looking Chelsea Dennis. Gotta love Tamiya's 1/48th tanks. John.
  8. Hobby Boss French EBR-10

    Nice one Adam. Nice to see another bit of armour in this GB. John.
  9. I see that you're getting sucked into 1/48th AFV's.......lovely job! It'll be interesting to see what the hairy stick makes of this. John.
  10. Pet hates.

    It wouldn't make an once of difference to them. In a previous life when I used to drive HGV's, I had this happen umpteen times. It didn't seem to bother them in the slightest that there was 44 tons bearing down on them at 56mph. And while we're on the subject. Something that really used to irk me. Drivers, of anything, that cannot comprehend that a 44 tonner does NOT have the acceleration of a Ferrari when it comes to entering onto a roundabout from a standing start. Usually, roundabouts are kept nice and tidy with shrubs and flowers that completely block the view of anyone trying to get onto the roundabout, so therefore the poor b****y HGV driver can't see the boy racer coming round it on two wheels, so it's no use blowing the horn and gesticulating in an obscene manner. He didn't pull out in front of you on purpose. He's already had half a dozen false starts. John.
  11. Swedish CV90-40c

    You've made a great job of the Swede Etienne. Nice setting as well. John.
  12. Trumpeter Panzer IV

    I'm so glad that I didn't get the job at Athabasca Tar Sands back in the 80's! P4 looks good Lloyd.
  13. ZIL 157 Fuel Truck

    Nice work for such a small scale. John.
  14. Israeli Driver Training Tank

    Let the troop sergeant overhear you saying that you think he bats for the other side!!
  15. IDF M1 Super Sherman (HVSS).

    Thanks Stix. The other one is still around, just waiting on some info. OOB not in my nature (usually). John.
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