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  1. It's a pity that Italeri chose to model a civilian-spec Landy rather than the GS type. Lots to change inside and out. I made a whole heap of S3s back in the early 80's from this kit, including some cut down to 88"wb. MIght their later Pinkie be a better start point? The Revell boxing also made some useful changes to the parts but didn't solve all the flaws by any means.
  2. Latvia also used a "reversed swastika" in red on a white roundel as its air force symbol pre-WW2. While we now largely associate that device with the National Socialist German Workers' Party, they hijacked what is in fact a very ancient device seen in many cultures. But it has sadly become associated with extreme right-wing politics. The Celtic Triskele and the Isle of Man's Triskelion, although 3-armed/legged are technically types of swastika. I'm shutting up now.........
  3. You might want to re-post this in the Work In Progress section for a better audience. The Armour Discussion section tends to be just for that.
  4. Best way to do a StuG bar none! Very nice. BTW, the "Finnish Swastika" is technically called the Hakaristi. It was the Finnish national recognition symbol until joining the war against Germany in late 1944 when that changed to the current blue-white-blue roundel/cockade to avoid any identification issues.
  5. Strange but true, the Vickers Type E "6-tonner" and its licensed derivatives were the most common and popular tanks in the world in the 1930's - although famously never used by the British Army. T-26s alone were about 12,000 plus maybe another 1,000 among other customers. The Italian M11/12/13/14 series were inspired by the Type E, although not direct copies. The success of the Type E is one reason why the UK did not see the need to evolve its tank production technology from (largely) bolted and riveted face-hardened armour to something more modern, like welded rolled homogenous armour. It takes us until the Comet of 1944 to catch up.
  6. As @noelh says, you've entered a veritable minefield with Shermans. Fortunately for you, by the time of the "2nd Generation" Shermans with the later hull and 76mm turret the differences between variants had become less marked than the earlier generation as only 2 plants were making welded-hull tanks by this time (Chrysler and Fisher). So the differences between the M4A3 kit and the M4A2 film star (the E8 bit only refers to the suspension, which is common to both) are the engine deck and rear hull. As @AndyTAZ points out, the Sherman Minitia site is an invaluable resource for Sherman information. You might also check out The Sherman Tank Site here http://www.theshermantank.com/ To alter the Tamiya kit you need a new rear engine deck, a new lower rear hull with exhaust and deflector and a re-angled upper rear hull. This doesn't necessarily need the expensive parts list above. Many Dragon Sherman kits include a lot of excess parts for other variants. I might have the Dragon A2 parts necessary in my bits box. You will have to cut off the upper rear hull and re-angle it yourself. But there can be dimensional differences between kit brands so cross-kit parts can need trimming, packing or filling to fit. Cross-kitting the Academy M4A2 Red Army kit with the Tamiya suspension will arrive at an adequate M4A2E8, although there may be some fettling to fit. The left over parts can be put together to make a late-production VVSS M4A3 (Tamiya kit with Academy suspension). It might be easier to swap the complete lower hulls rather than trying to make the bogies fit. Or you could just get the Academy kit and add the AFV Club HVSS suspension set and some new tracks. Another cross-kit possibility, sticking with Academy and probably-therefore-compatible parts would be to cross-kit their Red Army M4A2 with their M4A3(105) - if you can find one. By swapping the lower hulls and suspension you end up with an M4A2E8 and an earlier VVSS M4A3(105). Nothing wasted again.
  7. It doesn't seem to be clear when they got the name. All "line" Kuwaiti Army Brigades are currently named. They don't seem to have been named at the time, and the Army was a lot smaller then: only 2 "line" Brigades I believe - 15th infantry and 35th armoured. Both of these formations took part in the liberation under Joint Forces Command North along with other Middle East Coalition forces. Hence the ID chevron. But while 35th Brigade is now called "Martyrs", 15th Brigade is called "Mubarak" after a previous Army commander. Curiously, 6th Brigade is called "Liberation" but does not seem to have existed at the time. So it does seem logical that 35th might have gained their name after the war as a result of their actions.
  8. Sounds like a job for PVA-soaked tissue paper. Or maybe Milliput, Magic Sculp etc if you're good with those. It is rare to see Grants in the desert without the cover anyway. Panzer Art have a resin cover and aluminium barrel set (RE35-211), but that's an expensive fix at £6-7 and I'm not sure that you don't have to do any surgery to fit it. I've got one for my Takom CDL but I haven't looked closely at it.
  9. The colours were almost certainly the same - no real reason to change in the middle of liberating your country - but the markings might possibly have been different. The Kuwaiti unit engaged at the Al Jahra bridges was the 35th Brigade, also known as the Martyrs Brigade. The tanks came from the 7th and 8th Tank Battalions. So you seem to be talking about the same unit in the action and in the decals. In the circumstances I'm not sure that I can see any reason why repainting unit markings would have been high on the "to do" list even if the surviving elemnents had been reorganised. But Coalition recognition markings might have been added, notably the black chevron.
  10. The strict answer is "no". The tank in the film is posing as an M4A3E8, as per that Tamiya kit, but it is not one. The other Tamiya M4A3E8 kit is more typical for NW Europe. The Korea kit has some features more common on post-war tanks. If you already have the kit there are parts you should omit for a WW2 version. The actual tank used in the filming is an M4A2E8, the diesel version. This was only used during WW2 by the Red Army and never used by US forces. No-one makes a kit of this configuration OOB IIRC. So I suppose the key question is whether you want to model the actual film star tank or just a vanilla M4A3E8. The film star tank will need to be converted. The other Tamiya kit is a better start point for a WW2 version.
  11. Yes. The 75mm sponson gun. That can't surely be the shorter of the 2 in the kit? It must be the longer. Or it should have been inserted very much further into the mantlet. The difference in real life was 675mm or 26 inches. 19mm in scale. You say "plain" barrels. Was there one with a counterweight option? That would be very appropriate for a Grant: the M2 gun needed it to compensate the stabiliser for the shorter barrel. Most Grants had the counterweight but it was not universal as the stabiliser was not initially fitted and was often disconnected if fitted. KIt manufacturers do muddle up the gun barrels as they are often on sprues common to both Lee and Grant variants. One advantage of Miniart's single-variant boxing approach. They get the 37mm barrel wrong too. All Grants had the shorter M5 whereas Lees had both the M5 and later the longer M6. Grant with M2 gun and later production Lee with M3 gun for length comparison. The M2 had a noticeable flare at the muzzle too.
  12. @tomatosoup Just seen this on eBay. AEF Designs T-62M1 turret. https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/274989203040?hash=item4006a23e60:g:Yo0AAOSwAO1hYwqz
  13. Yes there were Matilda CDLs too, and some Churchills. Only the Grants were ever used, and then not for their intended purpose. The Grant had the advantage of retaining its main armament. Story is that they were so secret that field commanders didn't know of their existence, availability and tactics for their use. Bovington has a Matilda CDL which I believe is the sole CDL survivor. However it has a Type D turret (there were 4 variations A-D) more appropriate to a Grant. IIRC Matildas had Type B. The supposition is that as a school tank the latest/likeliest service turret version was necessary to train operators and that their Matilda CDL was transplanted with the later turret.
  14. I bought a Grant CDL kit a while back after hearing that they were shortly to be discontinued. I bought the Panzer Art mantlet cover and barrel set to solve the gun problem, but I also have a couple of Grant stowage sets for other projects that also include a mantlet cover. Miniart give you that in their kits, so I may end up with some spare ones. I've only ever seen 4 identifiably different Grant CDLs in photos. One of these came up recently on the "British Zimmerit" thread in this forum covered in wood wool as an anti magnetic mine coating tested for CDLs to be sent to the Far East. Of the other 3, one is Giraffe with the M4 bogies while the other 2 still have the original M3 bogies with T48 rubber chevron tracks. All are Grant rather than Lee conversions. I haven't decided whether to go down the M3 or M4 bogie route.
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