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Tasca M4A1 Grizzly Guardian
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Posted: Wednesday, June 11, 2014 - 02:55 AM UTC


This is probably one of my favourite Sherman Grizzly pictures, Mr Grizzly is looking very neat and tidy just standing there, looking a little out of place, with a well cut hedge and the nice neatly cut green grass, blue sky and some white fluffy clouds in the background, then a Sherman M4A1 Grizzly just plonked on some concrete, who could ask for more?


The Bogie Man

Pictures below, various alterations being made to the standard Tasca bogies, mainly involving removal of the standard bogie strengthening ribs (on the outer face) so that these can be replaced by new scratch items, also the standard Tasca rubber foam suspension nonsense has been replaced with plastic strip, this will in effect lock the suspension at a set height, that foam nonsense that Tasca came up with was not a very good idea I don't think.



Also, pictures above, the return rollers have been replaced with brass items, these were made from some old brass rod that I had laying around, and were turned to the correct size on a wood working lathe, of all things, the standard Tasca kit items are a bit wishy washy (as we say in the uk) and don't seem to fit very well, very loose fitting, wobbly,..wobbly is the word I'm looking for.

Pictures below, the gap between the return roller stubs has been filled with plastic rod, this is simply to strengthen the part and it helps to stop the return rollers from wobbling around so much, also the four bolts that would hold the return roller bracket on have been added.



Also, pictures above, all the nasty holes and slots on the tops of the bogie units have been filled with plastic strips, this just basically fills all the mess that is there for locator tabs on standard Tasca parts, we don't need any of those, so this gives a clean flat surface to work with, also the Torsion Spring retainer bolts have been added, there are two on each bogie top, they sit underneath the track skid plates and can't be seen very well tbh.




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Posted: Wednesday, June 11, 2014 - 03:23 AM UTC
Amazing work! Really enjoying following the progress on this.
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Posted: Wednesday, June 11, 2014 - 07:41 AM UTC

Thankyou Chris,
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Posted: Thursday, June 12, 2014 - 02:40 AM UTC

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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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Cheers! Pretty much the same reason why I haven't chimed in here until now. I've just enjoyed watching the build progress with little to nothing to contribute. In regards to showing the details of my work, I kind of figure that as a little payment on my (staggeringly large) karmic modeling-debt. If there were a 'World Bank of Modeling Debt," I'd be sorely in arrears on my loan...

BTW: A bowl of tuna and a saucer of milk to Snuggles on a suspension job well done.

I'm afraid that the cat that lives with us, Cannibal, while being at the top of food chain in our yard and the nightmare of all song birds, mice, lizards, snakes and small rabbits, has no interest or talent when it comes to modeling. Alas, his conversational skills are also somewhat limited to subjects like "Pet me as I lie here digesting some unspeakable little scaly thing that you're now safe from. Have no fear, I'm always on the job..."

Happy modeling!
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Posted: Thursday, June 12, 2014 - 04:44 AM UTC
Matt,

Amazing work, looking forward to seeing the rest. I was in Jr. High when my older brother took me to see Blade Runner. I was already a fan of noir films due to my parents influence. A sci fi noir film set in what then seemed like the super distant future was right up my ally. I loved it then and I still watch it several times a year. It's one of my all time favorite films and the music still moves me today the way it did then. Vangelis is a genius.

Looking back its kind of a wet dream, isn't it? Rachel is the ultimate sex doll, I never really thought about that until recently when I finally convinced my wife to watch it with me and she made mention of that. It is perhaps the ultimate male fantasy. A young gorgeous female that will never age or say she has a head ache or complain about anything. It makes perfect sense that my wife would feel threatened by a replicant like Rachel. I tried putting myself in her shoes and thought had the roles been reversed and the lead was played by a woman who in turn eloped with the brad pitt replicant from "Thelma and Louis", how would I feel about it then? I'd like to think I would still love the film as much as I do but not so sure:)
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Posted: Thursday, June 12, 2014 - 07:59 AM UTC
"Blade Runner" is off limits in our house now, never really asked why but maybe now I have a clue..... My wife already has a "thing" for ole Brad, not helped from the fact that they're both from the same town and her folks and his folks pal around. And no, I probably won't get tickets to the premier of "Fury", but we did watch "Inglourious Basterds" the other night.
So, Matt, I have to ask, and hope you don't mind, but what in the Wide World of Sports do you do for a living? I ask because the tool you ginned up is a work of art in itself, never mind what you're doing with it.
And regarding a comment you made a while ago about not getting far enough along on your projects to paint and weather them: I think maybe that's a good thing as it would be a shame to cover up all of your work with something so crude as paint.
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Posted: Thursday, June 12, 2014 - 12:24 PM UTC

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Looking back its kind of a wet dream, isn't it? Rachel is the ultimate sex doll, I never really thought about that until recently when I finally convinced my wife to watch it with me and she made mention of that. It is perhaps the ultimate male fantasy. A young gorgeous female that will never age or say she has a head ache or complain about anything. It makes perfect sense that my wife would feel threatened by a replicant like Rachel. I tried putting myself in her shoes and thought had the roles been reversed and the lead was played by a woman who in turn eloped with the brad pitt replicant from "Thelma and Louis", how would I feel about it then? I'd like to think I would still love the film as much as I do but not so sure:)



They wasted Deckard and Rachael, you could make a whole film with just Deckard and Rachael talking, would be a million times better than the junk they call films these days.
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Posted: Monday, June 16, 2014 - 03:47 PM UTC
Matt,

Really enjoying your Grizzly!


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They wasted Deckard and Rachael, you could make a whole film with just Deckard and Rachael talking, would be a million times better than the junk they call films these days.



Got that right!

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Posted: Tuesday, June 17, 2014 - 02:01 PM UTC


The Portuguese Grizzly

Canada supplied a large number of armoured vehicles to Portugal under the Mutual Defence Assistance Program (MDAP)For example Sexton self-propelled guns produced during the Second World War were used by Canada until the mid-1950s when they were sent to Portugal under the MDAP.

They were sold as surplus in 1979 and the bulk of them were bought by SECO in Georgia, USA. (Source: Military Muster). Similarly in 1954 Portugal received at least 50 Grizzly tanks under the MDAP, they were declared obsolete in 1973. (source: Sherman Register)

In addition at the same time approximately 40 Grizzlies, converted into armoured personnel carriers by taking off the turret and rearranging the interior, were also supplied. These ‘Grizzly Kangaroos’ were converted by the Canadian Army. They were the last lot of Sherman tanks sold by the Portuguese Government. This was in 1995 and they went to the USA; the destination is unknown, but may have also been SECO. (Source: H. Spoelstra/MVO).


The above is from - http://preservedtanks.com/
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Posted: Thursday, June 19, 2014 - 10:08 AM UTC

Another World Cup down the drain, oh well, more time for model making...
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Posted: Thursday, June 19, 2014 - 10:43 AM UTC

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Another World Cup down the drain, oh well, more time for model making...




Sorry about the result. At least England was not defending the title, if that brings some relief to your sorrow, of course. But as you say,more time to model so, please bring us more updates. I really enjoy your builds and the theads. Thanks for both
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Posted: Thursday, June 19, 2014 - 12:32 PM UTC
More time to finish the bear and get to the E8, who has time for silly sports. But the US is still in... Just saying
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Posted: Saturday, June 21, 2014 - 09:08 AM UTC
Sherman M4A1 Grizzly Reference

All of these pictures and a huge ton of useful info can be found on - http://the.shadock.free.fr/sherman_minutia/manufacturer/m4a1mlw/grizzly.html

It is without doubt one of the best and most useful sites on the internet for any Sherman fan, they go to extraordinary lengths to track down useful Sherman info, so is well worth a visit.



A nice collection of Sherman Grizzly details showing the two different types of storage box that are found on surviving examples, the simple angled box is most commonly seen in pictures on the internet, but that type might be a post war addition? Or replacement, not sure, plus the 'rain gutter' that is seen on some (but not all) M4A1 Sherman tanks.
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Posted: Wednesday, June 25, 2014 - 10:37 AM UTC
More Sherman Grizzly Reference

Again these pictures can be found on - http://the.shadock.free.fr/sherman_minutia/manufacturer/m4a1mlw/grizzly.html



Four more useful pictures showing Grizzly details such as the cast-in thickened cheek armour on the turret side, plus the deleted pistol port, the pistol port was added again later to M4A1 turrets, but the Sherman Grizzly never had one, and lastly the bottom two pictures show the tool placement with a few Canadian Grizzly additions in the form of extra tie downs.
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Posted: Wednesday, June 25, 2014 - 11:53 PM UTC
Looks good, only thing I see is the outer most rib on the pictures seems to not be as proud on the outside as yours. Putty work coming?
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Posted: Thursday, June 26, 2014 - 01:58 AM UTC

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Looks good, only thing I see is the outer most rib on the pictures seems to not be as proud on the outside as yours. Putty work coming?



This will be filled in with plastic card, cut to shape and then blended in, hopefully.
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Posted: Thursday, June 26, 2014 - 07:36 AM UTC
Once again, I gaze in wonder and awe.
And.... do androids really dream of electric sheep?
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Posted: Thursday, June 26, 2014 - 12:28 PM UTC
Ah OK, that would take care of it perfectly. Got ahead of you I see.
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Posted: Thursday, June 26, 2014 - 04:19 PM UTC

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... And.... do androids really dream of electric sheep?



Russel, a fellow aficionado of the book (as much as I have always enjoyed the movie).

@ Matt: Coming along very nicely, very nicely indeed! I think Snuggles has earned his (her?) catnip.
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Posted: Friday, June 27, 2014 - 03:40 AM UTC

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Matt: Coming along very nicely, very nicely indeed! I think Snuggles has earned his (her?) catnip.



Thank you Mike, and Snuggles is a he, well, in my head he is anyway.
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Posted: Friday, June 27, 2014 - 04:17 AM UTC


These two drawings might be of use to someone at some point in the future, the drawing directly below is the Sherman M4A1 Grizzly in the picture above, probably on training exercises in Canada, the markings on the transmission are for Camp Borden, Ontario.







Matt
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Posted: Friday, June 27, 2014 - 01:49 PM UTC
Matt,
Love the build, love the thread!

Now would adding the plastic card from the return roller mount to the end rib not leave that hole you are worried about?

Cheers Rob.
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Posted: Friday, June 27, 2014 - 05:17 PM UTC
Hey Matt -- wow ! and then WOW! beautiful work - thanks for the step by steps - very interesting indeed!

Said the cop to Deckard: "have a better one"

cheers
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Posted: Saturday, June 28, 2014 - 03:22 AM UTC

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Now would adding the plastic card from the return roller mount to the end rib not leave that hole you are worried about?



Thank you Rob, and well spotted, indeed it will.



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Hey Matt -- wow ! and then WOW! beautiful work - thanks for the step by steps - very interesting indeed!



Thank you Nick, no probs, glad you like it.


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Posted: Saturday, June 28, 2014 - 05:10 AM UTC


Kharkov - "Super six one is down Snuggles!"
Snuggles - "We got a bird down in the city Dad!"
Kharkov - "Not that kinda bird Snuggles..."
Snuggles - "Songs were made for the pure and the free Dad."
Kharkov - "Never sound in slavery, Snuggles."
Snuggles - "Going down..."





Anyway...