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No, I haven’t suddenly won the lottery and started living the high life. Champagne was an M4A3 (76mm) of the French 2nd Armoured Division and was knocked out in the battle of Dompaire in 1944. It now exists as a memorial in the town of Ville-sur-Illon, in NE France. This is a model that I built a few years back, but never got around to putting it in RFI because I wanted to put it on a base. The original intention was make a base, similar to the area that Champagne is displayed on, but it would have taken up too much space, so I’ve just depicted a simple gravel area made from course sand and sprayed white. Photos of the tank as it is now can be found here.  http://the.shadock.free.fr/Tanks_in_France/sherman_villesurillon/index.html

 

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The forward VVSS unit on the left side which was hit by a 75mm shell.

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A second 75mm shell entered the upper left hull...................

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...................and did a lot of damage in the engine compartment, including putting a dent in the rear hull plate.

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The build can be found here;

Thanks for looking and stay safe.

 

John.

 

 

 

 

 

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Aye up John,

 

Very nicely done and a bit different. Really must do me a French Sherman at some point 🤔

 

Regards,

 

Steve

 

 

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And here I thought the Champagne was a celebration of a roof clear of Vermin,NO it,s another great build from your tank Arsenal.

Cheers Jim.

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Very nice John, just like the photos I’ve seen mate of the real one. 
 

 

Dan 

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On 24/03/2020 at 20:48, fatfingers said:

Aye up John,

 

Very nicely done and a bit different. Really must do me a French Sherman at some point 🤔

 

Regards,

 

Steve

 

 

Many thanks Steve. Yes, I like the French tanks as they have some colourful markings.

John.

On 24/03/2020 at 21:14, Jim Wasley said:

And here I thought the Champagne was a celebration of a roof clear of Vermin,NO it,s another great build from your tank Arsenal.

Cheers Jim.

Thanks Jim. Nah.....the little beggars are back again only this time they'v brought elephants with them. At least that's what it sounds like!

John.

On 24/03/2020 at 21:24, Dads203 said:

Very nice John, just like the photos I’ve seen mate of the real one. 
 

 

Dan 

Thanks Dan. I hope to get up there some time and see it in the flesh, so to speak.

John.

 

PS. Be careful out there and stay safe.

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Really nicely presented with a crisp clean build B)

Rob

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Thanks Rob for the comment. Much appreciated.

 

John.

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Cracking job on the build John and a very poignant reminder from all those years ago :poppy:

 

beefy

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Lovely build, and nice work on these details.

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Very nice and interesting job my friend.

Cheers

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Hi John. That really turned out beautifully! Very well done! :worthy:

Kind regards,

Stix

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Excellent work mate!

Did the crew survive?

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1 hour ago, PlaStix said:

Hi John. That really turned out beautifully! Very well done! :worthy:

Kind regards,

Stix

Many thanks Stix. Much appreciated.

 

John.

1 hour ago, Gorby said:

Excellent work mate!

Did the crew survive?

Thanks a lot Mark. Sadly, I don't think so as there is a memorial plaque at the site to the crew.

 

John.

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Lovely build John. Great to see the tank depicted as it stands today.

 

Andy:cat:

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12 hours ago, Andy Moore said:

Lovely build John. Great to see the tank depicted as it stands today.

 

Andy:cat:

Thanks Andy. It's the first time that I have depicted one that still exists.

 

John.

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Quel beau char de combat. Nice to see a french sherman.

Cheers,

Ernst

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14 hours ago, Ernst said:

Quel beau char de combat. Nice to see a french sherman.

Cheers,

Ernst

Thanks a lot Ernst. If you want to look here, this is the build I did of Champagne as it was in service in 1944.

 

John.

 

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