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Bonhoff

Airfix 1:76 Sherman Crab ++++ Completed ++++

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Hi all,

Second entry for this GB.

Another venerable armour kit but updated with another sprue to produce the mine clearing "Crab" Variant.

Apparently it's the wrong type of Sherman but such things don't really bother me - It'll be an OOB Build at my desk at lunchtimes....

Pictures to follow.

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Box and contents - Sometimes it's useful having a Hobbycraft 5 mins from the office.

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After the first lunchtime sesh....

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After the following session. I'm sure they only took an hour to build when I was nine.

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If you do decide you want to make this kit more accurate, I've got a humongous pile of Sherman spares, many in 1/76.....Including, as it happens, a M4A4 hull. ;)

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Thanks for the offer Sarge but I'm afraid it's already assembled, although not painted yet.

Pictures to follow.

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Constituent parts....

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The flail arm thingies - Quite tricky to get everything aligned, the two white prongs were added as the backs of the booms would be glued on a knife edge otherwise.

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And the sum of the parts. If the wife had some spare broken necklace then I suppose I could make the flails sit at rest but it'll have to look like it's in operation instead

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I got some chain at a hobby store near where I work. It was about GBP3 for 1foot lengths of links at 40 per inch or 27 per inch. I got two of the 40pi and one of the 27pi to see how they look. I think I'll get another of the 40pi and use that. The 'hair roller" look doesn't work, does it?!

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It's certainly tempting. There's a Hobbycraft just down the road from work so i might pop there one lunchtime.

Crab now primed - I assume that it would be SCC15?

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Crab now painted - Equal amounts of Vallejo olive grey and russian uniform was the suggested mix for SCC15.

Picked up a chain from Hobbycraft but it might not be fine enough. Balls on the ends of the flails? Need something small and spherical, mustard seeds should do the job.

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That's looking very smart! Glad you've got some chain - wasn't going to look quite right otherwise. Keep up the good work!

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Getting there now,

Varnished, tyres painted, decals added, oil dots (but not too much as I'm assuming these vehicles were fairly new prior to D-day)

If you look closely, at the 6 o'clock position on the flail, there is a length of chain attached.

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I've only done the one as I think it might be a bit too overscale...

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I am no expert on the crab, but that chain looks good to me.

Cheers,

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Yeah, I wouldn't be so concerned about it being a little over scale. The overall effect is going to win compared to the hair-curler look. :)

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I agree with Arnold and Brews - the chain will be okay - especially if you get some darker weathering on it.

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Couldn't put up with the chain I'd put on before, wire was far too thick....

So there I was, like a fish out of water (being 48 and a bloke), in Claires Accessories looking for a finer chain.

I got lucky, even more so when the chain broke at the till, the assistant asks me if I'd like a replacement?

"No, that's ok, I'm not planning on wearing it, but as it's broken could you bring the price down?"

Result!

Anyway, here's how it's looking now...

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That looks a lot better than the hairbrush. :goodjob:

Cheers,

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I can see that chain looks better and good result at the till too!! :-)

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Flail drum painted up - Just the chains to finish now

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Good progress Bonhoff. Keep it up!

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That is much better than the hairbrush. :goodjob:

Cheers,

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Model completed and in Gallery

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Regards

IanJ

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Glad you got it finished in time. It looks great, well done.

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That is a nice looking Crab. :goodjob:

Cheers,

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Thanks - Nice simple kit but the alignment of the flail mechanism takes some thought.

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