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dogfish7
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Posted: Sunday, August 25, 2013 - 08:58 PM UTC
This sure has been fun to watch all the great Shermans and talent here on the forum!
PanzerGeek
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Posted: Monday, August 26, 2013 - 02:44 AM UTC
Ok we are coming down to the wire now.
The coat of paint was applied to the tank the tracks have been weathered and the weathering proses was started on the Sherman.
I'm hoping I won’t need an extension.

Cheers

Todd












Charlie-66
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Posted: Monday, August 26, 2013 - 03:02 AM UTC
Todd,

love the paint job so far! Can't wait to see what you do with it next.
PanzerGeek
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Posted: Monday, August 26, 2013 - 06:47 AM UTC
Thank you for your comments Guy. I really liked the work you did on Honky Tonk .
Got the wash done and decals applied and started the detail work. Next up is the final weathering phase. I hope to have that done tonight.









Cheers

Todd
LtSmash
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Joined: August 18, 2011
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Posted: Monday, August 26, 2013 - 08:00 AM UTC
Managed to make some more progress on my M4A1 Direct Vision-Type but I'll definitely need an extension.

The upper cast hull consists of a single molded piece of plastic. The cast texture is more subtle than the Dragon kit. You get a decent sense of the texture in the hull photo below. Some modelers may not like the apparent lack of detail but I think it looks good.

Tasca provides a lot of detail for the upper hull. The small pieces are well-molded and thin. Of course, that comes with a price: they are delicate. For example, one of my tail light guards was broken on the sprue which I carefully repaired with a very small amount of plastic cement. As a side note, some of these finer pieces exhibit a bit of flash but I had not problem removing it.



The driver and assistant driver’s hatches can be posed open or closed. Detail is provided for the interior of the hatch but no detail is provided for the interior itself. I have some tank crew figures that I plan to use with this tank. So, I will leave them open, paint the interior black and hope my crew fill up enough space to keep the hollow interior from being too obvious.

The army installed racks on the rear deck of many M4A1s in North Africa. Reference photos are hard to come by. I found a couple of decent pictures in a book I had on the Tunisia conflict. They appear to a simple construction welded on to the rear deck. I modeled mine using .10 x .60 styrene strip.

Turret construction is straight forward with lots of options. As with the hull, hatches and periscopes can be posed opened or closed. The pistol port can be posed open or closed, too. A couple of minor gripes:

Tasca does not provide locating holes for the lifting rings that reside on the left and right sides of turret bustle. Getting the two rings placed in the same spot is a bit of a challenge due to the curved surface.

More annoying, the body of the turret consists of two parts that fit together like a clam shell, like Dragon’s Sherman II. The fit near the turret ring is good but the fit near the bustle is awful and I had a pronounced lip on the rear of the turret which required quite a bit of sanding to even out.

Some surgery was required to remove a couple of pieces that were molded to the top of the turret but not used with this variant. Between the surgery and the gripes above, I needed to reapply the cast texture to the turret and used the stippled plastic cement trick. Quick, efficient and I like the results.



The kit comes with Tascas M2 machine gun for mounting on the top of the turret. The Ma’ Duce is a kit in and of itself, and can be purchased separately (like for those Dragon kits that don’t provide one). I love the detail Tasca put into this gun. If done correctly, the Ma’ Duce can be rotated and elevated. The instructions are not particularly clear. So, reference photos are in order to make sure all the small parts go in the right place.

Now, it’s off to the paint shop for this Sherman. I plan to try a new paint technique (at least for me). More to come in the few days.
D_J_W
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Hamilton, New Zealand
Joined: December 30, 2005
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Posted: Monday, August 26, 2013 - 11:31 AM UTC
Greetings fellow Shermanholics,

Finished, my first experience with a Tasca kit, 35-018 British Army Sherman III Mid Production. Nice kit, built straight from the box with Panda Plastics T 48 worn track. I made it up as “Tiger Lil” Corporal Rex Miller's vehicle, 9 Troop, C Squadron, 20th Armd Regt, 4th NZ Armd Bde. Which was lost in action on 19 March 1944 on the Cavendish rd during an attack on the monastery at Cassino. It is finished in Light Mud and Blue-black disruptive scheme.







cheers
David
Cam
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Posted: Monday, August 26, 2013 - 02:23 PM UTC
Very nicely done David
Charlie-66
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Posted: Monday, August 26, 2013 - 03:15 PM UTC
David, really nice build. How was the kit?

Todd, keep going! You're almost there. Nice job on the tools by the way. Oils over a lighter base?
IronOwl
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Posted: Tuesday, August 27, 2013 - 12:25 AM UTC
Those are some nice looking Shermans.

I like the NewZealand Decal set I have a set in my stash

Cheers All

Sascha(Ironowl)
GregCloseCombat
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Posted: Tuesday, August 27, 2013 - 06:52 AM UTC


How do you color in the richocets on a Sherman?


I'm starting the weathering. Babies crying gotta go

Good job David. I like it!
D_J_W
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Posted: Tuesday, August 27, 2013 - 09:45 PM UTC
Many thanks for the kind words, good sirs.

Guy, the kit was a pleasure to build. The only things I will do different next time I build a Tasca Sherman is:
1. Glue up the suspension and not leave it working, and
2. Replace the kit 2 part barrel with an AM barrel.
I will be building more of their Shermans in the future.

Sascha, the Bison decals are very nice, but fragile, you need to take care with them.

Greg, your Jumbo is looking good. As for the colour of richocets, I would tend to go for a medium steel grey, and then washed with sepia/burnt umber to give it a dark rusted look for old ones or for a fresher look highlight the edges with bright steel.

Cheers
David
hofpig
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Posted: Wednesday, August 28, 2013 - 02:28 AM UTC
Just a few last/just a few last ics before I put this one to bed at last.











Just finished the weathering and I'll chuck the finished pics into the Gallery and I'm done.

Paul
Nito74
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Posted: Wednesday, August 28, 2013 - 02:35 AM UTC
Great work guys !!!

eMan
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Posted: Thursday, August 29, 2013 - 12:46 AM UTC
More update pics.



PanzerGeek
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Posted: Thursday, August 29, 2013 - 03:56 AM UTC
Hi all.
Well I didn't think I was going to get it done but here it is.
Guy yes the tools were painted Tamiya Africa yellow then I added some raw umber and burnt sienna to create the wood grain.


















I hope you all enjoyed this campaign as much as I did. Now I think I need a bit of a rest.

Cheers

Todd
Charlie-66
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Posted: Thursday, August 29, 2013 - 04:18 AM UTC
Todd,

I do my tools the same way, but they don't look as good as you were able to do on this kit. I need more practice I guess!

Really sharp looking Sherman!
Nito74
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Posted: Thursday, August 29, 2013 - 12:31 PM UTC
Awards sent to all those that posted the photos in the Gallery

GALLERY

I will browse the 43 thread page to check if I missed someone, if by any chance you didn't post a photo, let me know PM I will sent the ribbon .

Nice work everyone !!!!

@ Jose // SHAKY962,

I was awarding the ribbons for the Sherman Campaign, I saw your build in the Gallery but you were not enlisted in the Campaign page so I couldn't sent you the award.

I will extend the Campaign for 3 days to give you time to enlist so that I can sent you the award, ok ?

Charlie-66
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Posted: Thursday, August 29, 2013 - 01:37 PM UTC
John, thanks for a very enjoyable campaign. Lot's of great work!
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AEROSCALE
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Posted: Thursday, August 29, 2013 - 01:41 PM UTC
Excellent Shermans all! Thanks John and Jeff for the great campaign!

Michael
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Posted: Thursday, August 29, 2013 - 02:10 PM UTC
Thanks for the ribbon John
Lots of great work here guys
cdharwins
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Posted: Thursday, August 29, 2013 - 02:33 PM UTC
Great campaign! I'll see you guys at the next Sherman campaign!

Chris
PanzerGeek
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Posted: Thursday, August 29, 2013 - 03:21 PM UTC
Thanks Guy. I'm really chaffed at the way the kit came out. I have practised the wood grain on the tools for some time and have finally got it to were I like the look of it. Just keep practising.

Cheers

Todd
D_J_W
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Posted: Thursday, August 29, 2013 - 03:38 PM UTC
Many thanks John for the great campaign Nice to see so many different Shermans.

Cheers
David
Bluestab
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Posted: Thursday, August 29, 2013 - 03:58 PM UTC
Thanks John and Jeff for the campaign.
terrybarrett
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Posted: Thursday, August 29, 2013 - 04:25 PM UTC
Hey Jeff & John!

I just got around to uploading some pics of my M32 to the gallery. Hope it's not too late for the ribbon!

Thanks for running such a cool campaign!

Terry