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1/48 Tamiya Sherman British IC Firefly - Europe 1944


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This was my project in the M3/M4 Medium Tank, Single Type Group Build. It really was a lovely kit to work on and I added a few extras from the Hauler PE set for this kit, as well as using a metal barrel and some resin stowage from the Black Dog set, also designed for this kit.

While I was working on this build, Bertie started his thread for a possible Entropy GB, which gave me the idea for the burnt out turret scene. Luckily I had the parts for a Sherman turret in the spares box. It was originally from a HobbyBoss 1/48 Sherman. The figures and telegraph pole are from Tamiya and most of the green, scenic materials are from Woodland Scenics and Army Painter.

As usual everything, with regards the painting and weathering, was done with acrylic paints, all applied by brushes. The mud texture is the only exception, which is from Vallejo.

 

Kit: 1/48 Tamiya Sherman British IC Firefly

Paints: Humbrol, Revell, Citadel, Railmatch, Vallejo acrylics, all applied with brushes

Extras: Hauler PE set, metal barrel, Black Dog Stowage set, Tamiya figures and telegraph pole, spares box turret and various parts from a 1/48 HobbyBoss Sherman kit, MDF, expanded polystyrene packing, household filler, Vallejo European Mud texture, Woodland Scenics Blended Turf, Army Painter Grass and Flowers Tufts, thread and Lead wire

 

WIP thread: HERE

More vignette photos can be found: HERE

 

Scenes from the vignette:

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Tank only:

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The full vignette against a white background:

 

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Thank you to everyone who commented in my build thread. Comments and suggestions welcome.

 

Kind regards,

 

Stix

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12 hours ago, Gordon J said:

Absolutely stunning little vignette and Sherman. Love it.

Hi Gordon. That’s very kind of you. Thank you.

Kind regards,

Stix

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21 hours ago, vytautas said:

Tremendous work, Stix, especially painting - as always excellent.

Vytautas

Hi Vytautas. You are too kind, as always, but thank you very much.

Kind regards, 

Stix

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Ended up looking fantastic Stix. Sure this will get plenty of votes in the GB.

 

George

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Coo! And here I was, thinking that you were just administering the GB when all the time you were building a masterwork! 

 

It's a great idea for a diorama. I class it as such, rather than a vignette, because there's a story happening here. We see the soldiers' reactions to the dead tank and imagine their internal narratives. Sure, there's not much intereaction between the figures but that is an important part of that story. You see something like that and it makes you think... "I thought these things were supposed to protect us. They can't even protect themselves."  "We'll be alright if we get the first shot in, I hope." And so on.

 

The figure painting is very good. You kept it restrained and thank goodness avoided the google-eyed look.

 

The tanks both of them, are excellent. I like that the serviceable one is lighter in tone to the dead 'un. It's a spring/winter effect, life and death.

 

Good groundwork, simple theme done in a realistically complicated way. It doesn't distract from the main events. And the cut telephone wires are excellent, lead wire was exactly the right material. 

 

So yeah, nice one Stix!

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On 19/05/2022 at 09:35, Model Mate said:

Brilliant work - hard to believe this is 1/48! Great work with the hairy stick; particularly the figures.

HI Model Mate. Thank you very much for your most kind comments. :thumbsup:

Kind regards,

Stix

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That's a fine piece of work all the way around. The figures bring it all to life and the tank is spot on. The weathering effects are excellent and the story is easy to read.

Top marks my friend.

Regards

Pete

 

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That is a superb build Stix. Weathering is beautiful and the soft cargo is perfect. We'll done indeed 👌👏

 

Andrew 

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That is just excellent. And splendid.

 

I'm largely an aircraft guy venturing occasionally into armoured stuff. For some reason I've always liked the Sherman and yours is wonderful work. You've inspired me.

thanks for posting.

Mark

 

PS that first image is a real eye catcher

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Great job. All aspects of this build are outstanding. Again the paint work is incredible, something for me to strive to on my builds. 
cheers Dennis 

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On 19/05/2022 at 16:59, Milan Mynar said:

Great work, I like it.

Hi Milan. Thank you!

 

On 19/05/2022 at 18:41, StuartH said:

Outstanding work Stix.

I love everything about it. Beautifully finished and presented 👏

Hi Stuart. That really is very kind of you to say. Thank you.

 

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Stix

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On 20/05/2022 at 07:15, Geo1966 said:

Ended up looking fantastic Stix. Sure this will get plenty of votes in the GB.

George

Hi George. That's very kind of you to say. Thank you. 

Kind regards, 

Stix

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That's a nice job Stix, love the diorama. I have a Firefly waiting for its paint job, you've motivated me to take a look at it again. I'll probably follow your lead on the paint and weathering, really nice job you've done. I wish I had the space for such large diorama's.

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On 20/05/2022 at 07:24, Yg Models said:

nice details, weathering and diorama. 😍

Thank you very much Yg. :thumbsup:

Kind regards,

Stix

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