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  1. Thanks Darryl, I haven't seen the Dragon one up close, yet, but the detail on this kit is superb and so far the fit has been pretty good. Considering it's a much more recent kit than the Dragon it should really be better but that's not always the case it seems. Thanks Six, that's really handy . I'm sure Peter @Das Abteilung won't mind me quoting it below as it will save me having to ask him to keep repeating himself. Track type is T62. Used almost exclusively by Chrysler on M4A4s in the latter half of production. They are very easy to identify because of the 3 rivets not found on any other curved-cleat type. However, as they wore out they could be replaced with any other type that was available. Track link armour was widely used, with both Sherman and Churchill track used. On which subject, Fireflies are rarely seen with no applique armour at all. RFM don't provide any but the hull plates are easily made from plastic card: the turret plate is more difficult. Sherman Minutia has dimensioned small drawings of the plates. RFM copied the Bovington tank which, as a school tank, never got the applique. They didn't always have the full set. Remanufactured tanks were fitted with it, as were very late production outside the time window for this kit. We preferred the leaf-spring towing attachment of our own design although it impeded engine access. If that was fitted the factory type below the engine doors (not in the kit) was removed, usually leaving a scar. The factory and vertical types were also incompatible with wading trunking whereas the leaf spring was not. Yes it had to be removed to fit the trunking along with the rear stowage box but the brackets remained and the spring was easily re-mounted. The vertical type is comparatively rarely seen and its brackets also had to be cut off to fit wading trunking. Both types of hull MG blanking plug were used but the D17 syle is most common. Travel locks were originally to the rear but moved to the left rear corner later, either to faciltate the wading trunking or give the driver greater head-our clearance. You see tanks with the old central brackets still in place after the lock was moved. I believe the L37 style travel lock was only introduced after M4A4 production had ceased and on the later designs of cupola with locks and torsion springs. Fireflies can be seen with all of the other 3 options. The brass ring Y30 is spurious as the interior of the cupola ring was much busier than that. I suggest getting hold of the Resicast replacement item (Historex Agents have them) or wait for the recently-announced Panzer Art version if you plan on an open hatch. Only about 1 in 4 British Shermans in NWE carried the 0.50 Browning anyway. The turret spotlight was seen with and without the shroud but wasn't always mounted anyway. The shroud was supposed to be the norm. British crews seemed to find them less useful than US. Some turrets suppled to Chrysler can be seen with a step around the base. This was a result of machining poorly-cast castings rather than rejecting them. If you're omitting the Houseboat brackets D24 along the hull sides then yes the glacis ones by the lift ring (D27/28) and the extended ones on the front trackguards (D14/15) are omitted also. Few M4A4s were fitted for Houseboat as the idea was really dropped after N Africa. While the M4A4 is the most homogenous of the Sherman variants, being uniquely (apart from the ill-fated A6) produced only by a single supplier, you still need to be careful as about 1,600 early models used in the US for training were later remanufactured and fitted with updated features before being supplied on to the UK. Hence why you see Fireflies still with Direct Vision, like the survivor in the Brussels museum. The RFM kit represents an A4 built roughly from about March 43 until about June 43. As the M4A4s used in NWE and Italy were a mixed bunch across production it is fine for pretty much any VC in those theatres. As a rule of thumb only A4s built after about April 43 were suitable for Firefly conversion because of certain features but the remanufactured ones also generally were as they mostly if not all had the necessary features. Make sure you use the right sprocket rings. A4s in this time period were all built with the "fancy Chrysler" sprocket shown in Step 5 - although they could be replaced in service with any design. The types shown in Steps 6 and 7 are not factory fit options in this period. The Step 7 type was fitted earlier but the Step 6 type never was. There are 2 muzzle brake designs included. AFAIK the MkIV gun for the Firefly was only ever fitted with the round-hole design and not with the square-hole type. Production M4A4s don't seem to have been fitted with the wire periscope guards but some remanufactured tanks were, notably the 2 on the turret. So don't use these. Wayne
  2. Good start Ed, I shall look forward to seeing your progress not least because I have their Mk.I Grant in the queue. Wayne
  3. I finally managed to find the time to make a start. First impressions of the kit on the sprues are very good. It looks as though they have put a lot of effort into capturing the fine details and textures. This is the bottom of the hull... and this is the transmission housing. Predictably construction starts with the assembly of the flat pack lower hull. The rear hull plate has its details added before fixing to the hull tub and this is where I hit my first quandary. There is a choice of having the vertical fixed tow bar or the horizontal type with the leaf spring. Ryefield's instructions would have you fit the mountings for both styles and I have seen them both fitted on some internet builds but I imagine one or the other would be correct so I removed the moulded in attachment indicators for the vertical one and just fitted the horizontal ones. I'm not sure if the smoke emitters were always fitted but I thought I would go with it, that does mean however that the actual tow hook wouldn't really have the room to be installed. I guess being primarily a tank destroyer that the ability to tow wasn't that important. At the other end the transmission housing assembly is straight forward but there is some gap filling to do. There are no casting symbols on the differential housings but I have seen images with and without them. I assume that if there is no casting symbols that that section of transmission housing and differential housing would have been cast as one piece. Once assembled the whole housing can be fitted to the hull. A little bit of fettling is required to get it to fit correctly so dry fitting first is advised. Next up will be the assembly of the bogies and the dreaded tracks. Wayne
  4. That looks spot on to me Simon, it gives the impression of recently acquired dirt that is still damp. That's a lovely little model. Wayne
  5. Thank you all very much! I know what you mean Francis but I use a grey card to get the colour balance right which tends to give a more accurate result but for some reason it just didn't look right compared to the actual model. My monitors are calibrated but in the end I had to resort to doing it by eye. Hopefully you will find the WIP interesting Nenad but I'm not so sure it's fun, I leave that sort of thing to Bertie, he's the master of that. Am I right in thinking you have a Border Models Crusader in progress? If so I shall look forward to seeing that. Wayne
  6. Thank you all very much! Your comments are very inspiring. Wayne
  7. I shall look forward to seeing this build and how it compares to the Ryefield one that I am building. Wayne
  8. It's ok Paul, I just moved him up the other end with the others. That's good enough for me Darryl, British it is then. Thanks for that, I did find an image and a profile of a Guards VC but it didn't have the counter shading. I could of course just guess at something but that kind of messes with my head so to be safe I will probably go with one of the better documented VC's without the counter shading or I could just go Polish. You're probably right there Bertie, I'm not the tidiest worker. This will be my first attempt at one of their kits so I hope it will be straight forwards, it's not like it's a Miniart full interior kit after all. Thanks Ed, me neither but there is certainly plenty of reference material out there so it should be fun.
  9. Thanks Stuart, I appreciate that, I was looking for a way to break up the monotone finish without relying on too much paint modulation, weathering seemed to be one way of doing it so I'm really pleased that you think it has worked. Wayne
  10. Thank Darryl! I appreciate that. The heat staining on the exhaust shields is a very prominent feature of Centurions. The longer the tank has been running the more it shows up, unless the crew has given it a touch up of course. Wayne
  11. This is my first experience of a group build and I've been looking forwards to this ever since it got through the Bunfight. Initially I was a little undecided what to build as I am in the process of building a representation of all the main British AFV's. I guess technically the Firefly can be claimed as British even though it is really an adaptation of the M4. I do intend to work my way through the lend/lease vehicles as well so the Firefly fits in nicely with my plans. My other option was to build the Miniart Grant Mk.I just because having just completed the Centurion and with a Charioteer and a Cromwell in the building process this will be my fourth model finished in SCC No.15 Olive Drab, but I hope practice makes perfect. I have had this one in my stash since its release and from what I gather it's a very nice kit. Looking in the box and glancing through the instructions it certainly looks as though the quality is very good and aftermarket shouldn't be required. At the moment I haven't found a particular subject that I want to model. I would like to show the practice of counter shading the 17pdr to disguise its length, as seen on the photo below, however most of the photos I could find of this practice seem to be on Polish, Canadian or South African run tanks. Does anyone know if the British did this to their tanks? I just need to tidy-up my work room and hopefully I can get started. Didn't take too long, and it does feel good to have a tidy work space. Wayne
  12. I don't think anyone enjoys using photoetch but that is a big improvement and well worth the effort. wayne
  13. Nice selection Darryl, Personally I would go for the Sherman II, I have been after one at the right price for a while. Wayne
  14. That's coming along very nicely Darryl! The chipping and scratch effects are excellent, I haven't tried those pencils but it looks as though I may have to invest in some. I often use oils for weathering as they are pretty forgiving and alterations can be made sometime later but I can't wean myself off of pigments for overall dust effects. Fair play to you for trying something different and it looks like you have had success in using them. Hope you find the time to get this one to the end as it's looking really promising. Wayne
  15. Photos of the finished model can now be seen over in the Ready for Inspection section HERE Wayne
  16. Thanks Darryl and Roger, you're too kind but I really appreciate your comments. Finding bench time is a rarity at the moment but I am looking forward to the group build as it will be my first. My only concern is that I chose the Firefly which will mean another Olive Drab tank along with the Charioteer and the Cromwell which are on going and that will be four in a row. Wayne
  17. Thank you all very much! Your feedback is very much appreciated. Wayne
  18. A.41 Centurion prototype. Operation Sentry. May-July 1945. Development of the A.41 'Heavy Cruiser Tank' began in October 1943, (it would not be known as ‘Centurion’ until later). There was a need for a vehicle that would be at least equal to the German Panther tank with a weight of 45ton, a 650 horsepower engine, well sloped frontal armour, and it was to carry the new and powerful 17 pounder gun. Early trials proved very promising and an order was placed for 20 pre-production vehicles. The first of these was finished in April 1945. It was decided that six of these prototype tanks would be sent to the front in Europe for evaluation by combat units. The plan for this evaluation was called ‘Operation Sentry’. With the war ending in May the tanks arrived too late to see any actual combat but the trials continued until mid July. More information about Operation Sentry and the early development of the Centurion can be found on the Tanks Encyclopedia website Here. The AFV kit can be built as either one of the pre-production prototype tanks or as a Mk.1 Centurion however for an accurate representation of the prototype tank the wheels and tracks need replacing. The tracks on the early Centurions were narrower at 20 inches wide and AFV only supply the standard width tracks in this kit and those are the rubber band type. Fortunately Accurate Armour kindly sold me some resin 20'' tracks from their A41 conversion set. The early Centurions ran on what were basically Comet wheels which had one less reinforcing ring and a smaller outer ring. I used some resin Comet wheels from Brach model in Italy. I still needed to make some alterations to them though as the Comet hubs are wrong, so I had to cut the AFV ones from the wheels and fit them to the Brach ones. The kit doesn't provide a mantlet cover but it would make sense for an operational vehicle to have one so I fashioned one from Milliput. This is one of the parts of my model that I am least happy with. It just looks to thick and heavy compared to the one or two images I could find of the original. In hindsight I should have used some tissue over the putty. The model was painted with MRP SCC.15 Olive Drab and the and all of the markings were spray painted using stencils. The weathering was done with various pigments and oils. These tanks covered hundreds of miles during Operation Sentry and a lot of that was off road so I figured they would have gotten pretty grubby along the way. It was however early Summer so probably more dust than mud. Hopefully that is the look I have achieved. I did do a work in progress for this build and this can be read HERE This kit was a real joy to build and a pain to photograph, the colour balance was hard to get right probably due to the dusty tones on the green paint. It actually looks better in the display cabinet than it does in the photos.... Honest Please feel free to point out anything I have missed or maybe could have done better. Anyway it's a nice feeling to get another one completed and now I can look forwards to the M3/M4 Medium Tank group build. Wayne
  19. Thank you all for your great feedback, it's very much appreciated. With the M3/M4 group build about to start I thought I should push on with this one and clear at least one more build from the bench. I was a little lazy in photographing the adding of the final detail parts and weathering processes but it was mostly a case of sticking on a few wires and cables so not that interesting really. I also decided to leave the off the stowage on the other side of the turret. I agree with Peter @Das Abteilung that they are most likely cleaning rods in the photo but without a decent image of them and not wanting to make another net I took the easy option and just added a couple of straps. Getting the dirty/dusty look of a well travelled tank proved a little more difficult than I was expecting, especially on the bazooka plates. After three or four attempts I gave up, it's still not quite what I was looking for but good enough. I found this kit a joy to build and I'm pleased with the way it has turned out. As always there are one or two areas that I feel I could have done better. The mantlet cover looks to stiff to me compared to the one or two photos I could find, in hindsight I may have been better off using some tissue over the Milliput. The Polsten canon could do with replacing but finding the RB Models one for a reasonable price proved difficult. Hopefully I can get some photos in RFI soon. Wayne
  20. Thank you all very much for taking the time to comment, I really appreciate your feedback. Wayne
  21. Super piece of modelling Nenad, Have I missed a work in progress somewhere on this one? I have one in the stash and after reading a few reviews of it I got some aftermarket running gear for it but it looks as though with some perseverance the kit suspension can be made up just fine. Nice job of the Caunter paint scheme, I quite like the high contrast version, I just need to find a subject to try it out on. Wayne
  22. That really is very good Simon, I think the weathering is just right and the damaged fender is very nicely done. The figure certainly helps to give an idea of the size of these things. Wayne
  23. To be honest I can't remember exactly where I heard that, probably over on the Missing Lynx or Track Link forums, and I don't know if there is any foundation to the rumour. The FC Model Trend one might be worth looking into but I haven't seen any detailed images of it. Wayne
  24. Many thanks Guys, that's some very nice feedback. I think there are times with most of my builds where I want to give up on them, usually when things aren't going the way I had hoped. I have found that posting work on here and the encouragement received definitely helps with getting them to the end. It's not exactly the most aesthetically pleasing tank ever designed but it definitely stands out from the crowd. I thought the comparison with the A12 Matilda would be interesting, although it wasn't really an evolution of the A11, it was more of a different idea on how infantry support tanks should work, with the addition of the 2pdr gun the A12 gave defence against enemy armour where as the A11 was more of a mobile machine gun nest. I'm pleased you like the tracks Bertie, as it such a stand out feature of the tank they really needed to look right. I was a bit concerned about getting the weathering to look authentic on this one and so I left it for some time before attempting it. To be honest I had a couple of happy accidents with it in some areas so I'm really pleased that you think it looks realistic. Since I have posted this on here and a couple of Facebook pages I have had a lot of comments regarding the lack of an injection moulded model of this tank, I really do hope the rumours are true and that one wont be too far away. Thanks again Wayne
  25. Coming along nicely John, great detailing as usual. Looking forward to seeing some paint on it. Wayne
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