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While I am waiting for my Marder to get here, these are a pair of projects I am doing to help pass the time.
Project #1: M4A3 76mm Sherman.
Base model: HobbyBoss M4A3 76mm
Iron Division upper hull
Lion Marc Designs' 76mm Gun tube
Scratchbuilt handles/episcope guards.
The tracks are from Fighting48th.
The turret is from HB, but it will be getting a new one from IrnoDivision. And there is still a long way to go before it's finished....
Project #2: Sherman VC Firefly
Base Model: Tamiya IC Firefly.
Fighting 48th M4A4/Sherman V conversion
Armorscale 77mm/17lb'er gun
Numerous scratchbuilt details....
...Both are still works in progress, and lots of work is still ahead on both, but all feedback is most welcome, and much appreciated.
Cheers Lads, Pat(who is still itching to get started in Marder-Mania).
your builds are getting better and better.mind you seeing your stuff does make me relise that i have to pull finger on detail work . what colour schemes do you have in mind? KIWI FIREFLYS IN ITALY LOOK COOL . any way keep up the good work.
Stunning work (as usual) on those two beauties. At this rate I am wondering what are you waiting for to make your own book "modelling the Sherman family in quarter scale". That would be a best seller surely.
I really like the Sherman tank but curiously I realized it is a very messy subject to model correctly in 1/48th scale unless you go for a Tamiya OOTB kit . Fortunately we have you to make that kind of works.
Brillant work, amigo.
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As for the feedback,
1> Please replace all the lifting rings (on hulls and turrets) because they look too thin for those two heavy weights.
2> I guess driver and radio op. hatches are not glued yet on the M4A3, but it seems they do not fit well in the resin hull, it may be the pic though.
3> The missed EECs are a very nice detail, but I would add a couple of broken EECs hanging on the tracks too, as they can be seen in many pics. Maybe you already have that in mind.
4> Maybe steel angled cleat tracks could suit better the M4A3/76 instead the rubber chevrom ones for a late variant like that, but I know that (1) would have implied lots of extra work and (2) everything is possible in the Sherman universe.
PS: I am having some troubles with this post. It seems N54 is not going fine.
This message has been edited by cmtlu on Nov 22, 2008 6:08 AM This message has been edited by cmtlu on Nov 22, 2008 6:06 AM This message has been edited by cmtlu on Nov 22, 2008 6:04 AM
That is just stunning! You must have had a great deal of time to kill my friend. I humbly bow down before the master! I cant wait to see how you are going to paint these little beauties.
Good luck and best wishes,