the turret on that vehicle (Spartan) is the only General Steel turret that I have found as Canadian M4A2E8, the rest (4, that I know of) are Continental castings including "Boss" the BCR gate guard. "Boss" might have been a range target at one time as there are quite a few small calibre hits.
Not 100 percent sure about this.
This might be a real long shot , and super geeky, but is there any way of finding out which foundries supplied which vehicles to which units?....for example; the British Columbia Regiment had 20(just an arbitrary number) M4A2E8s on active duty, ready to roll.How would you find out which of the 20 were General castings and which were Continental? I would need the CT numbers and the regimental histories, yes?
I think I might be obsessing a bit here.
Now that I'm on this M4A2E8 kick this week I'm a sponge (good thing I'll forget all this stuff soon, my simple little brain would explode if I retained all of it...)..next week it'll be something else I'm sure. Feel free to roll your eyes and shake head.
I think the only way would be to look at the foundry casting marks on the turrets themselves. I think I have photographed every M4A2 76 HVSS in Alberta, unless there's one up at Fort McMurray that no one knows about...
That list has the 2 shermans here in London listed as the same model.
The Holy Roller is an ealier model and my understanding as a Duplex Drive one belonging to the 1st Hussars. The Hussars have a D-day memorial at it every year. I have Photos from one of them on photobucket.
The other one is the gate guard at the new entrance to ASU london and has the name Angel painted on the flanks. No idea where it came frome.
I don't think "Holy Roller" was ever a DD Clarence.
February 21 2012, 5:50 PM
I may be wrong but there's no sign of the wading gear metal fairings. 1st Hussars landed a good number of tanks right onto the beach and I think only one squadron was DD equipped. Someone please correct me if I'm wrong.
On another note, is the best way to a 1/35th scale M4A2E8---Sherman IIIAY still the Dragon M4A2 with after market HVSS (I'm thinkin' AFV Club)? I also have a Chespeake Model Designs turret I plan to use for this project someday...sigh...someday...
the Dragon Thunderbolt kit as per others suggestions. Easily one of Dragons better offerings.
It's been an easy project (with the exception of the foundry marks, my own sillines!)with all the parts except the T80 track. I replaced the hull MG and the main gun with RB models products.I also replaced the pioneer tools with Formations stuff.The casting marks come from Archer.
Missing is the proper exhaust diffuser for the A2. There is also an issue with the instructions.
to make a A2, engine deck, rear engine access and exhaust setup. It is missng the proper A2 exhaust diffuser though. Someones (Academy?) M36 has the proper diffuser (or whatever it's called) If you do a search on this site there's a thread regarding how it was replicated. There is room for improvement, but it's a really nice kit to start with.
Re: I don't think "Holy Roller" was ever a DD Clarence.
February 23 2012, 5:55 PM
I did not think so either, as a kid growing up you could crawl up in that tank as the rear plates under back in the engine bay were rotted out. It was in no way near the shape it is in today.
IIRC there was not even a plak on it. Now it has a few and a fence.
This message has been edited by allenby0514 from IP address 188.8.131.52 on Feb 23, 2012 5:56 PM
Would anyone have a graphic of this tank? I am looking for one in the public domain (possibly from a RCAC document, or other) for use in an upcoming title in the "Weapons of War" series - The Postwar Sherman in Canadian Service.
Still looking for a simple line drawing of one of these.
I have also updated RamTank.ca with a registry of M4A2E8 and a number of images are included. Always looking for more.http://www.ramtank.ca/postwar%20sherman.htm
The "Postwar Sherman in Canadian Service", No.36 in Service Pubications' Weapons of War series, will be released in late June.
I have a set of 4 1:35 drawings done by my 'house' artist, Karl Gagnon. What I am looking for is more of a graphic than a technical drawing. If you look at any of the past 20-25 Weapons of War books you will see that I like to inlude this type of graphic on the title page. I often find these in association newsletters, regimental dinner menus, and other docs that were sared with RCAC members of the era.