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20 hours ago, FrancisGL said:

A super detailed work as always, I really like how you have "fastened" the bucket ...:popcorn:

Cheers John 

Thanks Francis. When you say "bucket" I assume that you mean the small oil drum on the front left track guard. Originally, I thought that they were just tied in place. It wasn't until I saw a close up of one that I realised  that the Israelis welded hooks to the track guard. You learn something new every day.

 

John.

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The Turret.

For this build, once again I've used the excellent 76mm T23 turret from Asuka. The main gun is from RB Models and most of the add on's are from Tamiya's M51. Before I added the gun, I wanted to fit the canvas dust cover to the mantlet, which was a feature of the Super Shermans, but not the VVSS M1 Shermans. I used the one from the M51 kit, but it needed trimming down as the mantlet on the M51 is deeper. It fitted fine along the back, so I trimmed a couple of mm's from all around the front of the cover, before gluing it in place. Some filler was needed and then I added the rod that runs around the front edge, followed by the small retaining brackets which I cut from thin card and added the small bolt heads as well. Once it had all hardened, I tidied it up with a round file and wet and dry paper.

From what I've read, all M1 Super Shermans carried a second aerial on the front LHS of the turret, mounted on a small bracket. Again, I made this from thin card and stretched sprue for the cable, and luckily, Tamiya include two aerial bases in the M51 kit.

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The rest of the turret I built as sub assemblies before bringing them all together. As I stated a while back, I changed my mind as to which tank I would finish it as. The one that I've chosen is in the Sabingamartin book on the Super Sherman, with a profile on the last page. What attracted me to it is the fact that it's the only one in the book which shows it carrying a searchlight mounted on the mantlet. The mounting bracket was made from card and I used the searchlight from the Dragon kit of the M50. Not sure if it's the correct one, but dimensionally, it's very similar. A lot of the time, these were covered with a canvas jacket, and I made this from tissue soaked in dilute PVA glue.

A lot of the photos show the AA .50 calibre MG in a canvas jacket. For this I used a spare one from Tamiya and assembled it along with an ammo box on the side. There was no need to detail it and once done, I covered it in tissue soaked in dilute PVA glue. 

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Commander's cupola with a few details added, and the Loader's hatch. I shaved off the two assistance springs and the grab handle and replaced both with wire ones. The springs look a bit rough but it won't show as the hatch will be in the open position and they will be difficult to see.

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I finished off the turret with all of the small additions; the original aerial base at the rear on the RHS, the clips to store the AA .50 calibre MG and the spare barrel on the two L brackets, welded to the rear of the turret, the spotlamp and chain, the commander's sight and periscope, the two lifting eyes and finally, the loader's periscope. I drilled out the periscope base in the turret roof and then used a 3D printed one from Shapeways.

The turret with all of the sub assemblies added.

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Thanks for looking.

 

John.

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Just thinking that you could save that MG and make something similar shape from plastic - it is all covered anyway. But if you do not need that one is fine. I am keep looking. 

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Nice scratch building John, I've got a resin covered .50 cal it looks to bulky for my liking. Prefer your lower profile more.

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13 hours ago, Kris B said:

Just thinking that you could save that MG and make something similar shape from plastic - it is all covered anyway. But if you do not need that one is fine. I am keep looking. 

Hi Kris. The MG that I used was one that Tamiya produced many years ago with poor detail on it, so it was no loss.

 

John.

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14 hours ago, Ozzy said:

Nice scratch building John, I've got a resin covered .50 cal it looks to bulky for my liking. Prefer your lower profile more.

Hi Ozzy. Many thanks. Actually, it should look a bit bulkier than I depicted it. Only way that I can think to describe how it should look is like the stomach of a pregnant cat....sagging down a bit. Still, it does the job.

 

John.

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12 hours ago, FrancisGL said:

Great job with turret scratch!...:popcorn:

Cheers John :thumbsup:

Many thanks Francis.

 

John.

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