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PlaStix

M4A1 “Goldie” Normandy 1944 - Eduard/Tasca 1/35

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M4A1 Sherman - “Goldie”

3rd Battalion, 66th Armoured Regiment, 2nd Armoured Regiment

Normandy 1944

 

This was my project for the M3/M4 Sherman, Single Type Group Build down in the Group Build Section.

On 9th June 1944 M4A1 Sherman Tank 'Goldie' was part of the 66th Armoured Regiment that landed at Normandy. During the landing it was fitted with wading gear but this was removed shortly after it arrived. A week after arriving the 66th was part of the 2nd Armoured  Regiment and took part in the 'Battle of Bloody Gulch' which took place near Carentan. 

The German forces in the battle were made up from the 17th SS Panzergrenadier Division and 6th Fallschirmjäger Regiment.  American forces consisted of the 501st, 502nd and 506th, Parachute Infantry Regiments of the U.S. 101st Airborne Division, reinforced by the U.S. 2nd Armored Division of which 'Goldie' was a part. The German forces were decisively defeated during the battle and the American victory led to the linkup of forces from Utah and Omaha beaches, creating a secure area for further American operations.

The headquarters of the German forces during the battle was a manor house in the area and the American soldiers nicknamed the road running past the manor "Bloody Gulch" after a place mentioned in a popular western movie.

I have modelled my version on how 'Goldie' may have looked travelling across the countryside on it's way towards Carentan.

 

Kit: 1/35 Eduard/Tasca

Paints: Humbrol, Revell, Citadel and Railmatch Acrylics all applied by brush

Extras: Tank figures set from Dragon , stowage items from AFV CLUB, Tamiya and Dragon, plus Towing Cable wire kindly supplied by @modelling minion

Base: MDF, filler, Woodlands Scenics mixed turf and various tufts from Army Painter. The fencing was made from wooden coffee stirrers and the signs are from Matho Models

 

WIP: Here

Vignette photos: Here

 

Edit: The idea behind the scene: One of the things that bugged me while I was making this project was that the tank commander figure seemed to be smiling - it just didn't seem to fit with the idea I originally had. So I tried to think of things that might have made him smile on the way to battle over the fields near Carentan. I have made scenes before where I have used road signs to indicate the location and then it dawned on me I could make the scene as if one of the crew had been sent to check out what the road sign on the other side of the fence said - but, rather than reading it and reporting back, he's broken it off and is carrying it back. In my head the crew member next to the Sherman is saying "He said report back...not bring it back!!...."

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This was a thoroughly enjoyable project made in a great GB. It was the first all Armour GB on Britmodeller and the hosts @Sgt.Squarehead and @Ozzy were very attentive and supportive. Thanks must also go to everyone who took the time to comment or offer advice in my thread.

 

Kind regards,

 

Stix

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Aye up Stix.

 

That is a real work of art and without a doubt your best yet! Simply fantastic skill and talent. Really enjoyed following your build as always. :worthy:

 

Regards.

 

Steve

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56 minutes ago, fatfingers said:

Aye up Stix.

That is a real work of art and without a doubt your best yet! Simply fantastic skill and talent. Really enjoyed following your build as always. :worthy:

Regards.

Steve

Hi Steve. Hope you are well. As always you are very kind, thank you, and thank you too for all you your support during the build process! :thumbsup:

Kind regards,

Stix

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Stix this is absolutely superb, realistic in every way.

You get better and better with every build, the diorama really works.

Just superb!

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Hi Stix I really enjoyed following your build this has to be one of the best to come out of the GB 

and I have been able to pick up a few ideas from you 

 

cheers. Beefy. :yes:

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Fantastic work all round. Flesh tones & shading on the faces is first class.

 

Pete

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An absolute pearler stix, quality build, paint, and display, as always top drawer

Glynn 

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Like "WOW"   and here I thought you had retired after that Panzer III white washed masterpiece.

 

You are going to have a hard time outdoing yourself for the next project, but come on, you can do it.  I'm eagerly awaiting.......and yes Shermans do

turn out rather nice after you fondle them.

 

Take care,

 

Lloyd

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Yeah.....I'm with those guys, that's definitely a  :wow:

Brush-painted too.....That's ******* insane that is!   :worthy:

 

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Whoa Stix that is a beauty :thumbsup: well done.

 

Regards

Richard

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Absolute masterpiece, faultless. Really like the way the Sherman sits in diorama/vignette rather than on it as some do, bags of character really draws you in. Superb.:wow:

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21 hours ago, Hairtrigger said:

Work of art that...  I am at a loss as what to pick it I like, it's all fantastic. 

Hi Hairtrigger. That is very kind of you to say - thank you very much! :thumbsup:

Kind regards,

Stix

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I really like your diorama and the way it turned out. Very original idea.

 

Evert

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21 hours ago, modelling minion said:

Stix this is absolutely superb, realistic in every way.

You get better and better with every build, the diorama really works.

Just superb!

Hi Craig. As always you are very, very kind. Thank you. Thank you too for the tow cable wire. It does look good. :thumbsup::thumbsup:

Kind regards,

Stix 

 

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That is amazing work. Tank looks good, but figures are master piece. I wish to be able to paint them like this. Good job mate. 

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On 12/03/2018 at 19:24, beefy66 said:

Hi Stix I really enjoyed following your build this has to be one of the best to come out of the GB 

and I have been able to pick up a few ideas from you 

cheers. Beefy. :yes:

Hi Beefy. Thank you very much for your comments. You are most kind. :thumbsup:

Kind regards,

Stix 

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Excellent vignette !!, simple but very effective, for my taste, perfect in all its aspects.

The vehicle looks great, a winner. And the figures bring that touch of everydayness so interesting ... when I grow up I want to make models like you! ... lol

Seriously, an excellent job.:goodjob:

Cheers Stix :yes:

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On 12/03/2018 at 19:25, Buzby061 said:

Fantastic work all round. Flesh tones & shading on the faces is first class.

Pete

Hi Pete and thank you very much for your kind comments. I cannot claim all the responsibility for the faces - I use Citadel's Reikland Fleshshade which is a wash that really works well with the detail on the faces on the figures - which have nice mouldings from Dragon.

Kind regards,

Stix 

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On 12/03/2018 at 20:22, Hewy said:

An absolute pearler stix, quality build, paint, and display, as always top drawer

Glynn 

Hi Glynn. Thank you very much as always for your most kind comments. :thumbsup:

Kind regards,

Stix

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On 12/03/2018 at 21:01, BlackMax12 said:

Like "WOW"   and here I thought you had retired after that Panzer III white washed masterpiece.

You are going to have a hard time outdoing yourself for the next project, but come on, you can do it.  I'm eagerly awaiting.......and yes Shermans do

turn out rather nice after you fondle them.

Take care,

Lloyd

Hi Lloyd. Thank you very much for all your kind comments. I'm currently building a 1/48 Japanese Type 10 tank over in the 10th Anniversary GB. Not too sure what I'm doing about the weathering yet. Not made such a modern tank before. I'm also using it to make a video about how I do my painting with brushes!

Take care.

Kind regards,

Stix 

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Eagerly awaiting the video, Houdini shares his secrets......

 

Take care,

 

Lloyd

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