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  1. Surprisingly, Firefly applique armour was variable. I might have expected all Fireflies to have the full set added during conversion if they didn't have the thick-cheek turret, but it was not so. The only requirements for Firefly conversion were the wider M34A1 gun mount and the Oilgear power traverse. And no M4A1 or A2s. You see different combinations of hull front, hull side and turret patches. The patch was a factory fit for a few months in 43 before the thick cheek came in for a few more months until the end of 75mm production. Otherwise it was a field fit. One thing Drag
  2. BTW there's also another Sherman site very worth a look as well as Minutia. http://www.theshermantank.com/
  3. Potentially they are supposed to be early and late pattern barrels. If so, not doing a very good job of it. The early M3 guns had a slight flare at the muzzle, whereas the later ones did not. I can't see any flare on either of those, and I'm not aware of any after-market flared-end barrel. But period photos suggest that the straight-taper unflared barrel was by far the most common anyway. Or it might be that because of the way Dragon mix and match sprues you may just have 2 barrels. Look at the sprue diagram on the instructions. Parts not used in that kit are blocked out in b
  4. Has anyone built any Wespe Models resin kits? They do some interesting subjects but in photos some look a little simplified.
  5. Windows PC to the rescue: a curse on you, Chromebook...... Below is the Grant penetration and aftermath from a 5cm PaK or KwK APHE round that I mentioned above. To quote Michael Caine freely it didn't blow the bloody door off. But it did take the doors off the ammo bin. A few inches further back and it wouild have set off the rounds in that bin. You can see there are 9 or 10 still in there. Then we'd be finding the turret some distance away........ On which subject, the demolished Shermans you pictured are just that: demolished. Blown up by German forces to deny their recov
  6. The Tank Museum shop have some of the Asuka M4s and they do mail order. And need the support in these strange times. But £60-ish. I'm not sure I want to pay that for a kit where I still need to splash out on after-market parts and non-vinyl tracks. Bronco put their indy link tracks in their Ram for half that money, for example. £12-16 extra on top of an Asuka. I had a poor experience with an Asuka Sherman V I bought last year, by comparison with a Tasco-boxed VC I'd had for a few years. Covered on my RMASG WIP thread. Flash, pronounced mould lines, belled edges. Mould wear.
  7. Except for annoying dimensional differences and differences in parts engineering when it comes to swapping parts around. Not to mention a zilllion factory and production period variations in parts that you need to watch out for. And which manufacturers are only slowly now getting to grips with. In some ways I would like MiniArt to turn their attention to M4s. I like the way they're tackling plant and date variations on their Pz IVs.
  8. M3 castings were not that rough. The lower rear transition plate was a piece of RHA plate, not a casting. There was a line of twist fastenings around the gun mounting for the canvas cover. The fastenings were not always fitted but the holes were always there. Here's the Bovington Grant, showing both cast texture and fastener holes. Here's the FDA. As you can see, it's actually quite smooth. Ignore the maker's plate on the centre section. Only the very early ones had these. BTW there were some small factory variations between Baldwin, Pressed Steel and Pullman Standar
  9. Re the MkIV supply tanks, I hadn't realised that any were new build. But thinking about it, there would not have been enough tired tanks to act as supply carriers for the 370+ tanks deployed at Cambrai. even allowing for towing sledges. The Bovington MkII was one such. Which make me think with some certainty that your new-build supply tank most probably had the sledge towing attachment at the back of the roof. It was up high so as not to foul the tracks when turning. Pictures of this are hard to find: this one doesn't show you much. The supply roller caisson idea came to nough
  10. Those casting numbers are going to make it hard to deal with the bulge joins. Although Dragon provide the top edge bolt strip separately it was an integral part of the final drive cover: no join. The only visible difference between 41 and 51 is the pad thickness. 51s were thicker and reversible, Both are plain rubber block. In 1/35 scale it makes no visible difference. If the tracks in that kit are the sandy coloured DS ones (I should know as I have one down in my stash) then I would advise not using them. Over time they have gained a bad reputation for crumbling, c
  11. Yes the grousers are often seen still fitted in places where they might not be appropriate. But that might have been easier than constant removal and re-attachment. The track plates actually gave quite limited traction in many conditions. I believe the grouser pieces were riveted together, not bolted, and thus did not come apart. They did bend and break. I tried to fit a full set like that in the box on my MkIV with the fascine. It did not fit. But the parts are somewhat thicker than scale thickness.
  12. Katy was specially built for the film. Note the 4WD. She was a K2 body grafted onto a CMP C60 chassis.
  13. They were generally fitted about every 5 or 6 links and were not actually particularly effective.
  14. Yes that's the M2. Use the ammo box shown in those photos. not any other type provided. The early ones had that small 50rd box fixed to the mount. The rack for the detachable 150rd box came later: 50rds was only a 5 second burst. I didn't see the marks in the photos. The position of marks varied from foundry to foundry and they were not always visible: underneath. They were generally only relevant to manufacture, not use. Centre sections without visible marks are actually more common than I might have suggested so you could leave it blank. The most common visible position wa
  15. Yes the air filters are on upside down!! At last, a Dragon kit that has the vertical bolts at the front of the lower hull securing the FDA! The tow shackles should be smaller U shaped ones. The side pieces of the FDA were one-piece castings, so the join seams around the final drive bulges need to be filled and smoothed in. Likewise the mould seams around the filler plugs. These 3 FDA pieces should all have prominent casting marks and numbers on their top edges, as should many other cast parts. I recommend a pack of the Archer 3D resin-printed casting mark decals. C
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