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Last one for the year, here I present my attempt at a Sherman Mk 1 Hybrid of the East Riding Yeomanry, 33 Armoured Brigade, Holland, October 1944. The base kit is the Asuka kit of the M4 Composite in its “China Clipper” boxing. A number of firsts for me - some stowage (from the rather nice Value Gear resin that came with the kit), an attempt at replicating a muddy look and a go at painting a figure (borrowed from my as yet unbuilt Bronco kit of a Chaffee). Brush painted with Vallejo ModelAir acrylic for main scheme, and a mix of Tamiya and Italeri acrylics for details. Weathering with Vallejo Model Washes and European Mud. Decals from Star Decals, I also used a metal gun barrel from Aber and a tow cable from Eureka XXL, some additional stowage from the spares box. Build thread can be found here; Thanks to those who followed along and provided support and advice. A Merry Christmas to all.
So this is going to be some firsts for me. (1) Some limited modification to make a Sherman Mk 1 Hybrid from a M4 Composite kit. (2) Having a go with loading it up with some stowage. My starting point is the Asuka 1:35 kit of the M4 composite in its “China Clipper” boxing. So some sprue shots first, starting with the turret and top of the hull with some really nice cast surface detail. Several different sprocket types to consider, and some rather nice vinyl tracks. Two different J sprues (but this is well explained in the instructions). It is already apparent I will have plenty of spare bits left over at the end. This sprue includes spare track links, which combined with the appropriate racks on another sprue will allow me to fit them as per British Shermans. Three lots of this sprue with the road wheels - a bit of flash present on the open spoked ones. Couple more sprues, with a US Army figure that I won’t be needing for this build. A rather nice .50 cal, which I won’t be using, plus two sprues which to my delight provide the spare track link racks and British style fire extinguishers that I need. The infamous spongy rubber sheet that Asuka provides for the road wheel bogies, but this kit also has styrene spacers, which is what I will use. There’s actually three different types, the instructions say to use type A. This boxing comes with a nice extra bag of resin stowage. I won’t be able to use all of it, as it is clearly US Army gear, but I think the other stuff should be good for my purposes. I also have this sprue leftover from RFM Firefly which has some ammo boxes and jerry cans. I also remembered that I have a Bronco British Chaffee in the stash. I picked this up at a model show swap’n’sell for a very low price a few years back - and have not summoned up courage to build it yet. It does come with a nice figure of a British tanker with a mug of tea, and strangely a milk churn! I thought that might add a little difference. I also have a spare road wheel from the Airfix M3 Grant I made last Christmas which is reasonably similar to the road wheels I intend to use. As for markings, it looks like the British 33 Armoured Brigade were equipped with the Mark 1 Hybrid and there is a Star Decals sheet which as a 33 Armoured Brigade Mk 1 Hybrid on it. Sadly though this is currently out of stock from my usual suppliers, and while I could get it from overseas it may be a bit pricey/take a long time. I do have a collection of decals from the RFM kit that include some markings I could use, and my recent Stuart kit comes with some suitable tactical symbols, and of course I have the Allied star for the turret top from the kit. Maybe I could just make a “representation” of a tank in 33 Armoured Brigade? I have a sprue of the British style turret stowage box on its way direct from Asuka. According to tracking it was dispatched from Tokyo last Wednesday, so hopefully will make it in a few weeks. I have bought some Vallejo 887 Olive Drab for the main colour. I do have a few extra purchases I will be making: Eureka XXL tow cable #3503 Aber 75mm barrel #35L-135 as recommended by @Kingsman I think I also need to get a Type 19 Radio Antenna Base - so will need to do a bit of searching. I think I’m all set to start!