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Tasca M4A1 Grizzly Guardian
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Posted: Wednesday, May 07, 2014 - 05:13 AM UTC
Absolutely.
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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 14, 2014 - 12:02 AM UTC
I must commend snuggles on the fine work. When my four leg helpers visit my bench it normally means I have to find things and fix them. I need to get some pointers on training cats from you....
Looks great and moving along nicley. Maybe you will motivate me to start a build log and post a few pics.. minus the feline rulers of the house...unless they wish to be photographed
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Posted: Wednesday, May 14, 2014 - 09:51 AM UTC

You should start a build log yes, a damn fine idea.

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Posted: Tuesday, May 20, 2014 - 04:57 AM UTC
An axiom in my house: If I need a different viewpoint on most anything, ask the cat.
Nice doors.
I have to say, I'm looking forward to turret time, just to see how much white plastic finds it's way into that.
One more: My mind became numb last night while assembling AFV Club's T-142 tracks for a Magach, but reading this latest installment in one of the more fascinating blogs in internet-dom has motivated me to get them painted, something almost as tedious as assembly. No idea why.....
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Posted: Tuesday, May 20, 2014 - 12:29 PM UTC

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I have to say, I'm looking forward to turret time, just to see how much white plastic finds it's way into that.
One more: My mind became numb last night while assembling AFV Club's T-142 tracks for a Magach, but reading this latest installment in one of the more fascinating blogs in internet-dom has motivated me to get them painted, something almost as tedious as assembly. No idea why.....



Thanks Russ, I'm not sure much in the way of white plastic will find its way onto the turret, maybe just a scratched turret storage box, we will see, hopefully.

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Posted: Wednesday, May 21, 2014 - 07:15 AM UTC
I got it. I can look at each and every one of my shelf queens and tell anyone, to this day, why I stopped building (or painting) on it. It's a split as to whether or not I got bored, or freaked out and quit because I had either too much info and not the right bits or not enough info and didn't want to make a "mistake". Eeek! That's when it's time to build a "what-if" from Mars and paint it pink.
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Posted: Thursday, May 22, 2014 - 03:20 AM UTC
Self queens... I have a few skeletons on the shelf but not many. Of course I am an out of the box guy so my only reason to stop a build, but it has stopped builds... and you hit on it Russel.. the fear of screwing it up. Not sure why it bothers me so, but it slows my work to a crawl all the time and has stopped a few times... and another shelf queen is born. And another tank sits patiently waiting on me to screw up enough courage to move it along the finishing stage... Such is life I guess.. now.. back to the grizzly so you can finish it and get to that E8
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Posted: Friday, May 23, 2014 - 07:42 AM UTC

Shelf Queens, It's kinda funny, Deckard and Rachael are just about to explain exactly what I did with all my shelf queens, the build log is getting spooky, it's almost as if everything was,..planned,..in advance, lol
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Posted: Friday, May 23, 2014 - 12:15 PM UTC
"Shelf Queens, It's kinda funny, Deckard and Rachael are just about to explain exactly what I did with all my shelf queens, the build log is getting spooky, it's almost as if everything was,..planned,..in advance, lol"

.. well just make sure no one is around to hear you ramble about "all part of my evil master plan" It tends to make those around your nervous.
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Posted: Wednesday, May 28, 2014 - 09:15 AM UTC


Talking of evil master plans, Snuggles is looking a bit nervous, he's got a watcher...
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Posted: Thursday, May 29, 2014 - 08:41 AM UTC


This is a good picture to show the raised lips on the final drive housing, and how very often they don't exactly line up very well, some do and some don't, it also shows the little angled bracket sitting near the gun travel lock, but I'm not sure what it's purpose is tbh.
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Posted: Friday, May 30, 2014 - 12:49 AM UTC
Snuggles should be recruiting Mr Black and White for the common defense of the bench, he is after all facing 6 divisions of bogie units... that is a tall task to defeat.

Still looking good, though I must say.. PLEASE do not put the gun in the travel lock.. it makes the sherman look so sad when they are pointed down like that. Not the look of a proud warrior that they all have at heart.
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Posted: Friday, May 30, 2014 - 05:56 AM UTC
In regards to the different top lips of the final drive housing parts, I've had a brain (insert auto-censored word here): Interchangeable parts from different foundries.
In regards to the bogies, I'll use a word taught me by a gentleman who hangs out on another forum, also from your side of the pond: "gobsmacked", I am.
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Posted: Friday, May 30, 2014 - 07:54 AM UTC

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In regards to the different top lips of the final drive housing parts, I've had a brain (insert auto-censored word here): Interchangeable parts from different foundries.
In regards to the bogies, I'll use a word taught me by a gentleman who hangs out on another forum, also from your side of the pond: "gobsmacked", I am.



My thoughts exactly yes.
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Posted: Tuesday, June 03, 2014 - 04:31 AM UTC
Ill take a peek in my copy of "Son of Sherman" tonight, but it sure looks like a splash shield. Curious place for it, though.
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Posted: Tuesday, June 03, 2014 - 11:00 AM UTC

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Ill take a peek in my copy of "Son of Sherman" tonight, but it sure looks like a splash shield. Curious place for it, though.



Notice how Son of Sherman is SOS, very apt.
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Posted: Tuesday, June 03, 2014 - 11:11 AM UTC
That strip, is as you say, pretty common - I'm 99% certain it's a bullet splash strip.

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Posted: Wednesday, June 04, 2014 - 02:17 AM UTC

Problems with posting.
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Posted: Tuesday, June 10, 2014 - 11:09 AM UTC

More problems with posting, gonna give up.
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Posted: Tuesday, June 10, 2014 - 01:40 PM UTC
Nooooooooooooo................

Don't give up.

BTW: Have I ever said how entertaining this blog is (and the Grizzly's pretty neat, too!)? No? Well, I've enjoyed every moment with Rachel, Decker and Snuggles, and that Karkov guy... How the heck does he keep his styrene so freakin' white?!

If you give up now, you'll just leave the rest of us guessing and wondering. Too cruel...
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Posted: Tuesday, June 10, 2014 - 02:08 PM UTC
Don't worry he is British, they never give up,
"We shall go on to the end. We shall fight in France, we shall fight on the seas and oceans"

Need I say more, stiff upper lip chap and bully your way through. We all simply must know if snuggles defeats the bogie divisions or if the slightly unsettled Brit who loves Sherman's and building things that do not really need to be built finishes. Or if the gizzly claims another and he slips screaming for a blue knife over the edge and the nice men with the tight fitting white jacket come escort him away.
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Posted: Tuesday, June 10, 2014 - 03:17 PM UTC

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BTW: Have I ever said how entertaining this blog is (and the Grizzly's pretty neat, too!)? No? Well, I've enjoyed every moment with Rachel, Decker and Snuggles, and that Karkov guy... How the heck does he keep his styrene so freakin' white?!

If you give up now, you'll just leave the rest of us guessing and wondering. Too cruel...




Mike, Thank you, I've been following your build log as well, it's very good, I like how your doing all that picture sequence stuff, showing how things come together, it's a good way of doing things, and very good small detail work, I tend to just view and keep my mouth shut because I know nothing about the Churchill, or Cromwell's, I'm not good with British stuff, which is shameful considering my nationality.

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Posted: Tuesday, June 10, 2014 - 03:44 PM UTC
Being a military man I do think it is time to resort to the BFH to fix your computer issues. It works every time but the BFH must be used just right to still use the same computer. Good luck.





PS. Big @&$%$ing Hammer