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Along with the original VVSS M1 Shermans, the Israelis also received a lot of HVSS Shermans, mainly from the French, which when they put them into service were dubbed “Super Sherman”. About year ago, I built an M1 using the Tamiya kit. This time, I am going to use the Tamiya M51 and substitute some of the parts with parts from the M1 kit such as the turret and engine deck. I'll also be using an AM main gun from RB Models along with their 12.7mm M2 Browning. The only set of decals that I know of for this tank are those made by Star decals, and I'm waiting on a set being delivered at the moment. Hopefully, this build will be more successful than my M60 build. So this is the tank, although, not exactly the same. Different markings and different track guard supports. Tamiya M1 Sherman. Tamiya M51. RB Models 76mm main gun and 12.7mm M2 Browning. As I said, the decals should (hopefully) be on their way from Sweden. I'll put some photos up later of where I am at now. John.
This is a Cromwell Mk.Vllw, a welded Cromwell, converted from the Tamiya kit, using parts from Accurate Armour, SKP, RB Models and a bit of scratch building. A WIP can be found here. The base was made from balsa wood and filled with off cuts of laminate flooring underlay, a fibre board type of material. It was then painted black and fixed to a photo frame. The terrain was made with a hump in the middle so that it would display the displaced road wheels and tracks, and then covered with flock and clumps of grass. It could probably do with toning down a bit as it appears (to me) to be a little on the bright side. The big boots in the title refers to the fact that these tanks had 15.5 inch tracks as opposed to the 14 inch normally worn by Cromwells. I need to do a little bit of work on the mound, to bulk it up a bit. Anyway, I hope that you like it and thanks for looking. John.
justaspitcrazy! posted a topic in Work in Progress - ArmourHi Folks. It's been a while since I did a WIP post and a little while since I got stuck into a well detailed project, so, with the trigger finger itching so to speak I've delved into German armour in the form of Tamiya's excellent Panther G-early. As is always the case when one suffers from that most terrible of afflictions, the dreaded AMS, I have plumped for several aftermarket items to help pop the kit out into something a touch more special. Items can be seen in the photo below and they are: RB models turned aluminium main barrel. RB models aerial mast and base. Attak resin zimm. Eureka models tow cables. eduard exterior detailing and Schurzen. Bronco working tracks. I've got the absolutely incredible Culver & Feists Panther in detail book as reference and I really cant stress how good this book is. There are no plans on a dio for her at the mo I'm just going to see how the project rolls along, same goes for crew. I'm skeptical about the Bronco tracks too and may end up with Friuls, again we'll see how we go. Any way I'm itching to get started so more progress to come. As always, advice, comments and criticism welcome and thanks for following along. Wagons roll! Ben.