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  1. Looks more than a little like a rear light protector from an M1 Abrams - before a 0.5" round went through it. They are circular, however, not oval. Those on the M60 were D-shaped. Might be common to other AFVs. If it came from a range wreck then it's unlikely to be from an M1
  2. As it's an early vehicle it is likely to have been overpainted in Light Stone on delivery, but possibly not the lower hull sides behind the bogies. The "Caunter" scheme came in after that and the scheme Airfix depict probably came in after that. By which time, newly-delivered Stuarts would have been round-turret M3A1s. So I think that probably rules out OD as the green shade as it would almost certainly have been overpainted at least once. I question how many original M3s still survived in operational service by then. The theatre Dark Green was quite dark and a reasonably deep green, more like the 12C39 colour on your shade card. Slate was a somewhat lighter bluey-grey as Airfix's box art shows. It did not match the RAF Slate Grey. The colour of the red-brown seems to be uncertain. As usually depicted it doesn't match any of the official colours, being too dark to be Desert Pink and too red to be the purple-y Caunter colour. A brick-ish red shade was used pre-war in Egypt and possibly early in the war too, so it could be leftover or new stock of that colour. Again, no-one seems entirely sure now what the exact colour was.
  3. This is essentially the Academy "Stuart Honey" kit with a new decal set for a 5RTR vehicle. I wouldn't necessarily buy it just for the decals - you can pick up the Academy kit for less £££. But, having said that, after-market decals for British Stuarts are thin on the ground. Star do a set for NZ and Aus desert Stuarts and there are plenty of sets of divisional, AOS and squadron markings. But that gets expensive unless you intend to use more of them. The Academy kit has a good selection of squadron markings but is limited on div and AOS. I'm not sure about the accuracy of Airfix's colours, but as noted above Mike Starmer is the authority. Bovington's later M3A1 is finished in a scheme similar to this, but the green is darker and blotchier. The green could have indeed been unpainted OD, or the theatre-specific Dark Green: depends if it had been freshly painted or repainted in that scheme. For an octagonal turret M3, Caunter seems most likely at first - but might later have been repainted.. To my eye, the colour Airfix are trying to show is Slate or possibly Silver Grey.
  4. They were used throughout the 20's and 30's. There were new builds of the 1920 and 1924 pattern as well as the original 1914 and a very small number of 1918 patterns. 3 units used R-Rs in N Africa in WW2: 11th Hussars and Nos 1 and 2 RAF Armoured Car Companies. But the configuration modelled here is only appropriate to the RAF Armoured Car Companies. IIRC No1 Company kept them pretty much all the way to Tunisia in 1943 while No2 Company was re-equipped with the Fordson conversion and improved armament. The 11th Hussars' cars had larger open-top turrets taken or copied from the Morris CS9 armoured car, and they were replaced before the RAF's cars. IIRC the 11th's cars were originally 1924 pattern.
  5. Much though I dislike the dominance of Microsoft, this is as good an advert for OneDrive as I've heard. I didn't like the Office 365 idea at first, but I've grown to like it and now I really like the idea that none of my data is now stored locally on any device and I can get to it from pretty much any device with an internet connection. Makes it a doddle to show other people photos, copies of documents etc. I still need to copy stuff to a hosting site (I use Imgur) to upload to forum sites like this. But if I want to share photos with friends and family, like weddings or events, I can just send them a link to the OneDrive folder and they can copy whatever they want. Simples. But I guess you know all this and I'm just wittering on............. Occasionally I make a backup copy on a portable hard drive, just in case. Other cloud and image hosting services are available................
  6. the guys who run the Minutia site are always interested in survivor vehicles if you can get them a photo and any serial numbers, especially those stamped into parts or on data plates - painted numbers are not always original. Sometimes they turn out to be unusual: one of the 105mm pilots on an M4 Hybrid hull still survives as a memorial.
  7. If you haven't come across this site before, pretty much everything you need to know about Sherman configurations is there. http://the.shadock.free.fr/sherman_minutia/ This is the specific page on the M4(105). http://the.shadock.free.fr/sherman_minutia/manufacturer/m4_105mm/m4_105mm.html. Despite all being built by Chrysler - so not showing factory variations - and being very much a minority variant, there were a surprising number of variations. Book-wise, the Son of Sherman book has eye-watering detail on the subject, the result of years of research. Prices very variable. I think I paid about £65 for my softback copy but I have seen them in the £hundreds. You can pick up the "reprint" (actually PDF scans of the original) of the old Hunnicutt book for about £65 too. Originals go for £hundreds. But probably not worth investing in either book unless you plan to do more then the odd one or two M4s. I have both books, but then unpacking my stash after moving house I counted 23 M4s of various configurations to build, only 1 of which will be a US vehicle and about 15 will be Israeli. Do I have a problem that needs help?
  8. Well that fits with only the M4 version being deployed in PTO. Those Dragon kits do pop up on eBay but always £40+, which I suppose isn't too bad by comparison with Asuka and you seem to pay that sort of money for most Dragon Shermans. Conversion is difficult as the M4 105 was the only late welded hull, large-hatch, radial-engined M4 variant, so there are no conversion donors for a TMD turret without cross-kitting hulls too. But there is one other possibility. The HVSS flamethrower version pops upon eBay: it also came in a Cyber Hobby boxing, and both seem to be somewhat cheaper. You could backdate that by swapping the suspension to VVSS and not using the flamethrower parts (presuming that Dragon still give you all the normal parts). But that's going to cost about the same, or more. Early VVSS 105's did not all have the vision cupola and/or the bulged-out hatch location, which a turret from an HVSS 105 would (should) have. Dragon are re-issuing kits that had DS tracks with new link and length or indy link tracks, so there is hope that the M4(105) might be re-issued. I can't see anyone else doing it.
  9. It would be nice to complete the set. M4 "Assault Gun" would be the 105mm. Ideal for dealing with bunkers with the heavier shell. Used only on Okinawa and in the Philippines, in relatively small numbers. There were 105mm versions of both the M4 and the M4A3, and both came in VVSS and HVSS configurations. But IIRC only M4(105)s went to PTO, with both suspension types: no A3(105)s. There's a selection of assorted 105mm versions from Academy, Dragon, and Tamiya. But only Dragon offer the M4(105) you most likely want: the rest are all A3s. That Dragon kit remains stubbornly expensive. The Tamiya kit is generally regarded as being poor and the worst of the bunch, but IIRC is the only VVSS A3 105 show in town OOB. There has been much debate as to whether any of them accurately capture the 105mm turret, especially the mantlet. TMD do replacement 105mm turret parts.
  10. The A1s were indeed only used for training. I believe the cast shape significantly reduced interior space compared to the fabricated hull and they were not considered combat-worthy as a result - depite being ballistically better. Some M3A1-based CDLs, or Shop Tractors as the US called them, were deployed operationally. I'm thinking that all US CDLs were on A1s, where the drawbacks mattered less. 28 of them were fitted with the Guiberson radial diesel engine, but this proved insifficiently reliable - although powerful and torquey - and the remaining 100 or so engines were stored and disappeared. That was the end of the single-row radial diesel idea, although it later came back with the double-row 14-cyl radial diesel in the short-run M4A6. I've been unable to determine if the diesel versions were any different externally (noting that the production diesel M3s with the GM engines had differences at the rear), but the radial-engined M3 and M4 variants were originally supposed to be able to take either engine so it seems unlikely. Casting was very much slower to manufacture as the castings had to be face-hardened for days at several hundred degrees in an oven packed with charcoal around the outside and sand within. And there were not enough foundries able to produce such large castings. The M4 was intended to be fully cast-hulled but ran into the same problem and the fabricated-hull versions eventually became by far the majority as the parts could be manufactured more quickly by a much wider supply base. If your Grandpa trained on the A1, he presumably served operationally on other variants of the M3 and/or M4. If you have that history it would be nice to cover all the types he served in.
  11. And Roden do several KrAZ trucks of the right sort of vintage in 1/35. I'm sure someone out there knows the minutia of the variations between the Russian original gun and its Chinese clone, but I don't imagine they were huge. And unless it's something affecting the shape or configuration of the major parts only the most ardent artillery nut is likely to notice. And covers over the muzzle brake, breech area etc can hide much - while also hiding much detail. This would be a somewhat large combination with the gun hitched to the tractor: must be the best part of 2 feet long. Impressive, though. I must admit I didn't realise that the Sultan's armed forces had ever invested in anything of Soviet/Russian origin, being very Western-leaning. I did some training work for their procurement people in 2000-01. But to paraphrase Oddball, having the longest-ranged artillery in a large empty barren country can give you a nice edge. And it's basically a 5 inch gun, so decent target effect on arrival. I believe the gun was originally adapted from a naval weapon.
  12. Yes I'd seen that photo. Post-war of course but I believe Gofasta carried that livery in wartime. Someone in the linked thread reckons Gofasta was A230. I couldn't find a nunber for it and when I eliminated the other numbers in the DN Models decal set that belonged to other names, A347 was the one left. So I may have goofed there. Too late to do anything about it now. It would have been helpful of DN to provide drawings, or at least a list of names and numbers, not just a decal sheet. I thought I'd seen Golikell in wartime in a different livery without the red/white engine covers. Perhaps the ones in Ireland were standardised on the same scheme. But I liked the name Gofasta. I suppose mine could be in Ireland, but it's a bit over-stowed for that and I don't imagine they went trundling across the countryside getting muddy.
  13. Indeed it is. Next lesson: read the captions properly!
  14. Tonight. RFAs Argus and Tiderace and a Sandown alongside, since last weekend. Tidespring (I think) was anchored outside over the weekend. HMS Forth anchored in the bay off Weymouth beach. Then a Hunt chugged over the horizon, couldn't read the tiny pennant number. Then, surprise of surprises, Albion hove majestically into view around the Bill making course to anchor in the bay. Portland harbour being rather full of 2 large RFAs......
  15. So proof that there were at least some airborne spec with the front armour in Italy. You can't see if it has the rear tanks, armor or guns.
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