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Tasca M4A1 Grizzly Guardian
Kharkov
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Posted: Tuesday, May 13, 2014 - 09:36 AM UTC


Who can resist a Grizzly Firefly? Don't worry, I'm not building a Grizzly Firefly, from what I've read on the tinternet, these things never really existed in the sense of an operational tank, just one or two mock up were made I think, they just kinda plonked a Firefly turret on the Grizzly hull, and then went down the pub...

Update info on the above Grizzly Firefly

"The British sent Firefly turrets to both the US and Canada (in the Winter of 1943-44) The British did not consider the M4A1 to be a suitable platform for the 17 pounder conversion, because the contours of the cast hull could not accommodate the standard Firefly internal stowage arrangement. However, in recent years, Number 65 was opened and examined, and it has been reported that the Canadians actually did manage to reconfigure the interior and convert the tank to a Firefly."

The above is from - http://the.shadock.free.fr/sherman_minutia/index.html


Snuggles Door



At this point I went completely insane and let Snuggles build the rear access doors, well, why not? Also at this point Snuggles decided to go all 'arty farty' on me, which resulted in the framed pictures below, when asked to explain the exact construction sequence so that it could be placed within the build log, he simply replied with - "I wasn't really paying attention dad, sorry!"



The metal strip is simply an old piece of PE that was laying around, with a little bit of brass wire for a handle, bolt heads are added with the inner most two (next to the handle) being offset to one side, this is correct as per the real thing, maybe should be a little more offset to be honest.



Picture above, spot the difference, the second picture simply has a small section of the rear idler mounting plates added to the back plate, the rest of the idler wheel mounts will hopefully go on later.



Pictures above, two nice reference pictures showing the details on the rear plate, with nice clear shots of the engine access doors and their very chunky hinges (mine need all the welds adding) and also including the air boxes with their protective side shields that are not done very well in the Tasca kit, and have been replaced with much thinner metal parts.




Matt
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Posted: Wednesday, May 07, 2014 - 05:13 AM UTC
Absolutely.
Kharkov
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Posted: Monday, May 05, 2014 - 08:00 PM UTC


Kharkov - "This close to the Sun? Snuggles?"
Snuggles - "The sunshine never ends Dad!"
Kharkov - "So, If you wake up one morning, and it's a particularly beautiful day, Snuggles?"
Snuggles - They'll know we made it Dad!"
Kharkov - "You guys c'mon,..TIME!"
Snuggles - "Just time, Dad."






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Posted: Monday, May 05, 2014 - 12:38 PM UTC
Well.
What can I say? Or "what should I say" may be more appropriate.
What I will say: I got nuthin'. But I am entertained, and I will probably go dig up my copy of Blade Runnner.
Kharkov
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Posted: Monday, May 05, 2014 - 09:03 AM UTC


Another nice picture of the Bovington Grizzly from the other side, this Sherman M4A1 Grizzly is a little curious in that it doesn't have any hull applique armour, either in the form of welded on plates or cast in applique, which is a little strange, and is puzzling me to be honest, I was under the impression that they all had one or the other, but obviously not.


Back Plate Shenanigans

A simple picture sequence showing construction and assembly of the new backplate, the three main parts are cut from plastic card, and then the required shapes are carved into them, they all need to fit well as they form a fairly intricate shape at the top, and the plates are sitting at different angles to each other, and of course it all needs to fit inside the Tasca upper hull.

Also some new hull extensions and air box shields (etched brass parts) are made, these replace the horrible Tasca items which are not done very well to be honest.



Then it all gets test fitted and glued into place, small thin plastic strip is then used in all the corners that can't be seen, to in effect strengthen everything, with any scratch built parts, this is very often the best way to strengthen parts in areas where it can't be seen.



The same baking powder and grey primer technique has been used on the upper section of the new back plate, pictures of the real thing seem to indicate that this part is a cast part, that is then welded into the back plate, or it's a part of the upper hull, either way, it has a rough surface texture.



And above, a nice clear picture showing the back plate with the rough cast section at the top, It's also a good reference picture for the engine access doors, the style and construction of the hinges and the locking plate, the air filters, the rear idlers and the rear towing eyes.


And that's a clue, doors and stuff should be next...




Matt
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Posted: Monday, May 05, 2014 - 07:24 AM UTC
Very impressive work! And I like your style of Buildlog!

I've yet to build a Tasca Shermie. Need...more...time...

I'm watching!
M4A3E8Easy8
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Posted: Monday, May 05, 2014 - 03:30 AM UTC
I so agree about the E8, I love the straight lines of them. People will say it is too tall but really it is just narrow. They were about as tall as a tiger but I digress.. They are just nice looking if you ask me. My last completed build was the dragon E8 "thunderbolt II" with the extra armor, cept I stuck logs on the side and junk all over the back. Lots of mud and dust later and now it sits next to my pershing waiting on me to get back to the states and put them on a dio... and collecting dust I am sure...
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Posted: Saturday, May 03, 2014 - 07:55 AM UTC
Master scratch-building work there, Kharkov!
Kharkov
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Posted: Saturday, May 03, 2014 - 07:52 AM UTC

Thanks Colin,

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Posted: Friday, May 02, 2014 - 05:53 AM UTC
Wow....just...wow...you are a braver (or crazier) man than I Gunga Din! Keep up the amazing work (especially on the Canuck stuff ;-)!).

Cheers
Kharkov
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Posted: Friday, May 02, 2014 - 04:24 AM UTC

Quoted Text

I wholeheartedly approve of this kind of lunacy.



Me too
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Posted: Thursday, May 01, 2014 - 10:02 AM UTC
I wholeheartedly approve of this kind of lunacy.

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Posted: Thursday, May 01, 2014 - 07:33 AM UTC

Another nice reference picture showing the upper bolt plate that bolts the FDA to the hull, shows the bolt heads sitting in a recess with the splash guards just in front to protect the bolt heads.



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Posted: Friday, April 25, 2014 - 02:09 PM UTC
Hey, what's wrong with the Canuck stuff?

Cheers Rob.
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Posted: Friday, April 25, 2014 - 12:32 PM UTC
Lol, where is the follow button for the E8 build, I can't find it... where is it... oh wait I have to wait.. damn
As you probably guessed I have a thing for the E8. So if my vote counts it should move up to next in your build que.
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Posted: Friday, April 25, 2014 - 08:11 AM UTC
Thankyou Easy8, I'll try and get round to the M4A3E8 as soon as possible,..maybe let Snuggles build it, give him his own build log or something, that's probably not a good idea...

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Posted: Friday, April 25, 2014 - 12:09 AM UTC
Matt for the record, and let the record so state, I have followed the last two builds you have done. Something about the ramblings of an English model builder who has too much skill and a good sense of humor has attracted my eye. I am not much of a scratch builder so I look at dream at the steps you show here and then sit at my desk and build out of the box. But as you pointed out I have fun and that is enough. Now if we can get an Easy 8 out of you instead of the cannuck stuff....
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Posted: Thursday, April 24, 2014 - 10:18 AM UTC


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You're going through way to much effort Matt. Keep it up!



I am indeed yes
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Posted: Wednesday, April 23, 2014 - 11:06 AM UTC
You're going through way to much effort Matt. Keep it up!
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Posted: Wednesday, April 23, 2014 - 10:22 AM UTC
Yeah I've been lurking on this one also, if only to try and figure what your on about half the time, always entertaining though.
Kharkov
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Posted: Wednesday, April 23, 2014 - 09:17 AM UTC

Not so much reinvent, but just build in a different way, kinda, maybe...

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Posted: Wednesday, April 23, 2014 - 09:01 AM UTC
I follow along. But what is there to say other than 'stop messing' with the hull and show us how you're going to reinvent the wheel with the upper hull, turret, etc!

:)
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Posted: Wednesday, April 23, 2014 - 08:45 AM UTC

Thanks folks,

Another nice picture of the M4A1 Grizzly FDA, showing all the bolt detail sitting in recesses on both the segment bolt strips and also the main FDA bolt strip, it's also a good picture for showing the splash guards, which do not line up, and also the oil drain plugs.




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Posted: Tuesday, April 22, 2014 - 01:05 PM UTC
I have been following along since I discovered this thread, very nice work Matt!

Cheers Rob.
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Posted: Tuesday, April 22, 2014 - 05:14 AM UTC
If it's only you and me reading this, at least you have a good audience.
Personally though, I think people may be struck dumb by what you're doing.