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M4 classic Sherman Tamiya - finished! 1/48


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hi everybody!

happy to join this tank GB!

 

new to AFM, but sticking to 1/48 ;)

 

Sherman M4  early production (welded hull)

 Tamiya 1/48

 

that is what I have so far,

also order a RB barrel and M2 MG improvement set.....

 

 

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started with the metal hull, 

 

gives nice weight (a tank after all, not an airplane!!)

but is  a bit strange to work with!

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T(h)anks for all kind of comments, espcially help!

I will need it!

 

markings not decided yet.....

 

 

 

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Thanks all guys for your nice welcome!

Fiddling around a bit with tracks and rollers, I wonder how one best paints them.... befor assy or after...

 

Kit engineering seems great for the moment :)

Some things a bit strange, like the seemingly open lower hull above the tracks.... -- do I make myself clear at all ?

 

Thanks again, Werner

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Werner... They're called sponsons, Tamiya has a habit of making the modeler fill those in. Take a look at mine i just used sheet plastic. Once the tracks are on, you wont see much from below. Though you will see the openings through the hatches, if you leave them unfilled. Forvthe wheels and painting its up to you. I painted after install, as i plan on weathering the lower chassis somewhat heavy. So it will cover up any poor spots.

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13 hours ago, Corsairfoxfouruncle said:

Werner... They're called sponsons, Tamiya has a habit of making the modeler fill those in. Take a look at mine i just used sheet plastic. Once the tracks are on, you wont see much from below. Though you will see the openings through the hatches, if you leave them unfilled. Forvthe wheels and painting its up to you. I painted after install, as i plan on weathering the lower chassis somewhat heavy. So it will cover up any poor spots.

 

 

thanks for your tips... so i will have to close the "sponsons"

 

as an aftermath to yesterdays wheel / roller caos so, fist gluing, -then painting lets see!

 

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quite fiddly and a lot of parts  (to clean up)

 

 

great thread about Sherman modelling here:

http://www.network54.com/Forum/433829/thread/1505855046/2/Tamiya+M4+Sherman

 

stole the idea of fitting the roller parts with blue tac:

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and already looking a bit like a Sherman, at least to my untrained eye!

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58 minutes ago, Ozzy said:

Fantastic progress Werner, you'll be onto your second build over the weekend at this rate.

thanks ;)

but do not get overexcited! I'm good at starting kits..... 

part, that was only 2 short night shifts of work.... I guess the real one comes with painting....

no idea, its is an AFV after all, and no cockpit..... (will be closed)

 

 

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27 minutes ago, exdraken said:

There are side mounted armor plates provided for the didd of the sponsons.

Do I fit them, or leave them off?

Applique armour. If you are going to model one of the tanks on the instruction sheet, then yes.

 

John.

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16 minutes ago, Bullbasket said:

Applique armour. If you are going to model one of the tanks on the instruction sheet, then yes.

 

John.

Thanks!

Is there a general rule to this?

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8 minutes ago, exdraken said:

Is there a general rule to this?

Most M4's and M4A1's with dry stowage, ie; shells stored around the tank just in racks, would have had applique armour plates welded to the hull sides and the sides of the turret as added protection as they had a tendency to burn when hit. Hence the German nickname for them....Tommy Cookers. Later models had cast in cheek armour on the turrets. Later Shermans were said to have wet stowage. That is to say the shells were stored inside the tank in a mixture of glycol and water to prevent the fires when hit.

 

John.

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thanks a lot!

 

I always like to know a little bit "why" - so many kit instructions do not tell you the truth or omit the important...
 

So I will add them!

 

chain assy:

no problems, just a bit filly and time intensive :)

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and the same on the other side again....

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detail and quality looks excellent!

 

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the track assy  is hopefully still removabel for painting :)

 

 

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scratch built a very basic sponson cover, guess it will do,

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and received the M3 barrel, as well as the M2 Browning gun directly from RB :)  (in addition to some other stuff ;))

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25 minutes ago, Hewy said:

3  main barrels,  i take it you'll be doing more armour then werner, good job on the sponsons,  looking good

what shell I say... something for improving the stash?

have a M10 and a T-34 somewhere hidden away.....

 

some more on the Sherman:

no idea if you prime tanks, and if in grey..... 

whatever, it looks mighty impressive blown up on the screen!

 

 

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and with the new barrel put into place (still without the shroud/ mantlet/ whatever it is called, needs some drilling first ;) )

 

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for whatever reason I got interesting reactions with the Tamiya rattle can primer... probably spilled glue? or fatty fingers, or mold release residue, or a combi of all???

 

never and that before... hope it will not effect the olive drab afterwards.... Revell 66 any good?

 

Cheers, 

Werner

 

 

 

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Fortunately tanks are rarely without muck on them and their paint was often applied in liberal amounts with less than perfect results.

 

She'll be right mate!

 

Looking good so far, these little Tammy Tanks are nice models aren't they?

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