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RAM's M4A2 Sherman
« on: November 07, 2019, 04:53:38 pm »
So, moving on from the F9F-8 Cougar into my preferred field of Armour, I'm going to build something I've never actually built before - a Sherman tank.

Seriously, in all of the years I've been modelling, I've never built an M4 Sherman of any variant. Closest I came was an M3 Grant, back when I was about 11 or 12.

Being me I've already made my first mistake; I trimmed off the casting numbers on the front left hull top next to the driver's hatch. :banghead:

Anyway, enough waffle, this is more a place-holder for when I get past the tedious bit of building the running gear & get into the build proper.


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Re: RAM's M4A2 Sherman
« Reply #1 on: November 07, 2019, 09:03:34 pm »
Oh, by the way, I'm using the Dragon 1/35 USMC M4A2 Late PTO (DR6462) variant as the base for this build which will be mostly OoB.




Below is a photo of the casting numbers I removed last night. :rolleyes:

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Re: RAM's M4A2 Sherman
« Reply #2 on: November 07, 2019, 11:50:49 pm »
Sherman designations have always confused me (easily done), looking forward to watching this come together  :thumbsup:

That casting number throws me a little though. The hull seems to be a series of welded plates ? Was that plate cast, rather than rolled, because of the hatch apertures ?

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Re: RAM's M4A2 Sherman
« Reply #3 on: November 08, 2019, 01:00:38 am »
I'm no expert, either, but the M4A2 is the twin-diesel powered version.

The Chieftain (a.k.a. Nicholas Moran) gives a bit of an explanation in the earlier part of this video, if you want a more professional opinion: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z9Iirk8Q4Xw


PS: Shermans went through a number of construction types of varying levels of cast-&-plate which were, generally, welded together - the original M4s were almost all cast while the last versions were almost all plate.


Edit: Changed out the link for a better one. ;)
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Re: RAM's M4A2 Sherman
« Reply #4 on: November 08, 2019, 01:35:44 am »
Looking at the box art this one appears to be made of wood...
 ;D
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Re: RAM's M4A2 Sherman
« Reply #5 on: November 08, 2019, 09:18:50 am »
Looking at the box art this one appears to be made of wood...
 ;D
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The wooden added armor was to prevent Japanese magnetic mines. One of the things I'll be looking for at the local model railroad swap meet this weekend is HO (1/87) wooden siding and planks to put on my build, as well as some brass or plastic tube to make the gun barrel better. The latter is a maybe.
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Re: RAM's M4A2 Sherman
« Reply #6 on: November 08, 2019, 01:11:39 pm »
Looking at the box art this one appears to be made of wood...
 ;D
Zen,

The wooden added armor was to prevent Japanese magnetic mines. One of the things I'll be looking for at the local model railroad swap meet this weekend is HO (1/87) wooden siding and planks to put on my build, as well as some brass or plastic tube to make the gun barrel better. The latter is a maybe.

Why not just use stir sticks?  When I wanted a wooden bed-plate for my hover-truck that's what I did - stir sticks soaked in coffee for 48 hours or so ...
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Re: RAM's M4A2 Sherman
« Reply #7 on: November 08, 2019, 01:18:32 pm »
Looking at the box art this one appears to be made of wood...
 ;D
Zen,

The wooden added armor was to prevent Japanese magnetic mines. One of the things I'll be looking for at the local model railroad swap meet this weekend is HO (1/87) wooden siding and planks to put on my build, as well as some brass or plastic tube to make the gun barrel better. The latter is a maybe.

Why not just use stir sticks?  When I wanted a wooden bed-plate for my hover-truck that's what I did - stir sticks soaked in coffee for 48 hours or so ...
Scott, are you talking about the coffee stir sticks?
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Re: RAM's M4A2 Sherman
« Reply #8 on: November 10, 2019, 08:15:49 am »
Looking at the box art this one appears to be made of wood...
 ;D
Zen,

The wooden added armor was to prevent Japanese magnetic mines. One of the things I'll be looking for at the local model railroad swap meet this weekend is HO (1/87) wooden siding and planks to put on my build, as well as some brass or plastic tube to make the gun barrel better. The latter is a maybe.

Why not just use stir sticks?  When I wanted a wooden bed-plate for my hover-truck that's what I did - stir sticks soaked in coffee for 48 hours or so ...
Scott, are you talking about the coffee stir sticks?

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Re: RAM's M4A2 Sherman
« Reply #9 on: November 10, 2019, 08:32:55 am »
Don't forget the bolts for the planks.
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Re: RAM's M4A2 Sherman
« Reply #10 on: November 10, 2019, 08:46:57 am »
Don't forget the bolts for the planks.
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Re: RAM's M4A2 Sherman
« Reply #11 on: November 13, 2019, 07:11:44 pm »
Photo's have been rare for this build, I'm afraid, but only because I've been flat-out working on it.

Currently in the paint shop getting the base OD done.

Once I've done that I'll be putting more of the sub-assemblies together &, hopefully, fitting them for semi-final paint.

Then I'll be working on the clear bits (a lot of little ones for the periscopes, etc.).

Followed by final construction & paint.



Typical of a Dragon kit, this thing has far too many small, fiddly parts & didn't come with a .50 cal (the mount but no gun), so I've used an AFV Club item from a set of .50 cals (which also had too many small, fiddly parts but looks very good).


Thanks for watching! :bow:
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Re: RAM's M4A2 Sherman
« Reply #12 on: November 14, 2019, 01:36:48 am »
Balsa has a nice fine grain and is very easy to work being soft (ironic being it's a hardwood).  I've had good results staining it with soy sauce.
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Re: RAM's M4A2 Sherman
« Reply #13 on: November 14, 2019, 06:38:54 am »
To stop people fussing about wood planks; My build isn't using them. :rolleyes:
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Re: RAM's M4A2 Sherman
« Reply #14 on: November 14, 2019, 01:12:54 pm »
To stop people fussing about wood planks; My build isn't using them. :rolleyes:
Sorry, that's my fault
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