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Re: RAM's M4A2 Sherman
« Reply #15 on: November 14, 2019, 06:51:06 pm »
To stop people fussing about wood planks; My build isn't using them. :rolleyes:
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Not really, I should have said so at the start. :thumbsup:


Base OD has come out a bit lighter than desired, so I'll have to darken it a bit but I'll do that later, after she's all together & the camo is on (which I'll do a bit light to allow for overall darkening).

I'll try to get some photo's up but probably not before Monday. Got 3 more arvo shifts to get through first. :-\
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Re: RAM's M4A2 Sherman
« Reply #16 on: November 15, 2019, 01:29:28 am »
To stop people fussing about wood planks; My build isn't using them. :rolleyes:

Someone should compensate for that then.  I can envisage a Sherman completely clad in planks.  Including the turret.  It would look like a Flintstones tank.
Maybe the nazis went for magnetic mines big time but the allies couldn't get their zimmerit to stick to the armour?

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Re: RAM's M4A2 Sherman
« Reply #17 on: November 15, 2019, 08:14:57 am »
Zimmerit, now there's something designed for a threat that didn't exist, as the Germans were, by far, the biggest user of magnetic (hand)mines during WW2. Japan, however, came in 2nd on their usage.

Still, the wooden planks could be considered an over-reaction to a relatively minimal threat, as they weren't applied in Europe, where the threat of magnetic anti-tank mines was much higher.
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Re: RAM's M4A2 Sherman
« Reply #18 on: November 16, 2019, 02:13:50 am »
I suppose there was a greater chance of someone actually being prepared to try and use them in the Pacific Theatre ? Plus not so many stand off alternatives ?

Talking of Zimmerit. Hannant's Just In pages this morning had a 1/72 set for a Panzer IV H. Never knew this mark of Panzer used it ? Still you live and learn  :thumbsup:
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Re: RAM's M4A2 Sherman
« Reply #19 on: November 16, 2019, 07:42:21 am »
From the little bit of reading I've done on it, the Japanese tended to use them from camouflaged pits, with the "bomb-man" waiting until a tank passed by to pop up & attach the mine, although they preferred to wait for a tank to drive over their position, then attach the bomb to the belly of the tank before ducking back into their pit & hoping to survive the explosion 4 to 5 seconds later.

Placing the bomb on the belly of the tank had several advantages;
1) it was next to impossible to prevent a magnetic mine being attached there without losing too much ground clearance;
2) placing the bomb under the tank meant that the ground assisted the bomb by bouncing more of the blast up into the tank, as the Japanese mines weren't shape-charges like the German mines; &
3) there was a better chance of killing or injuring the crew from underneath than from the side due to the thinner armour.
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Re: RAM's M4A2 Sherman
« Reply #20 on: November 17, 2019, 05:56:09 am »
Interesting and eminently logical. Cheers  :thumbsup:
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Re: RAM's M4A2 Sherman
« Reply #21 on: November 18, 2019, 06:32:25 pm »
Right, running a bit behind on this build but I did promise photo's (for yesterday :rolleyes:). So, here they are, as of 5 minutes ago:







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Re: RAM's M4A2 Sherman
« Reply #22 on: November 19, 2019, 06:16:04 am »
Nice build and the paint scheme adds to it enormously  :thumbsup:
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Re: RAM's M4A2 Sherman
« Reply #23 on: November 19, 2019, 08:00:28 am »
Thanks, Chris! :thumbsup:
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