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Having had to bail out of an STGB (yet again, sorry about that Stix) due to a number of reasons such as lack of time and a domestic disaster, I started looking around for a new build. I haven’t built anything new in 1/48th for several years, even though I have something around a dozen kits. Whilst rummaging through the stash, I came across an M4A2 resin conversion from Formations. Reading the instructions, it says that it has been designed to be used with Tamiya’s M4A1, which fortunately, I had tucked away in the cupboard. Checking what other bits and pieces that I had to hand, I came across several etched sheets for the Sherman, and a couple of sets of decals too. The conversion depicts an M4A2 with welded hoods, and that immediately counted out one of the sets as it was for a Sherman with cast hoods. Of the two remaining tanks that I had decals for, I couldn’t ascertain proof positive that they had welded hoods, but there’s a good chance that they did, which was good enough for me. So, what’s involved with this conversion. Formations include an upper hull, rear hull plate, exhaust, deflector and the two front track guard sections. The casting of all of these parts is superb. The rest of the build comes from the Tamiya kit, ie; lower hull with all of the running gear and tracks, but minus the rear hull plate, and the turret. As already stated, I have the decals (Bison) and several etched brass sheets for the Sherman. The Formations parts; ......and the Tamiya kit. Well, that's the project. As I said, it's a few years since I built anything in this scale, but I'm looking forward to the change. See you soon. John.
I built this a few years ago using up some left over parts from a Dragon Sherman Vc. I used the upper and lower hull from the kit along with the tracks. The turret is one by Formations which comes with some British fittings, but the hatch cover needed changing so I used the Dragon one. The colour for Fox is a bone of contention, some saying that is was SCC2, others that it was SCC15. One piece of info that I got from somebody in the know was that Fox was originally in SCC2 and held in storage. The thinking was that it would have been unlikely to have brought it out of storage and gone to the trouble of repainting it in SCC15 when the intention was for it to be used only for the initial landings, so that's the way that I went. The decals are from Bison on sheet number 35015, which is no longer available, but it can be found on Star Decals sheet number 35-C1020. As always, thanks for looking. John.