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Posted: Wednesday, July 20, 2016 - 12:59 AM UTC

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Here I am just expressing my personal opinions but I would probably stay with all US components in building a "Hunting Sherman".

Using the later model welded body, large hatches, GAA engine, 90mm gun, probably HVSS suspension therefore wide tracks and the very late war Commander's copula sitting on a raised armored ring.



Sounds like you have it all figured out. RB makes a real nice barrel for the M26. I got one for my future 'E8 90 tank, #35B85, 90mm M3 L/53. Or, go with #35B119, 90mm M3 L/73. The long gun for the M26E4 Super Pershing.
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Posted: Wednesday, July 20, 2016 - 01:07 AM UTC
If we're keeping it home-grown, why not space those HVSS out and use M26 tracks? And ditch the GAA for a de-tuned Packard (essentially a US "meteor" engine) to up the horsepower. The gearbox would need improved to handle the added power...
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Posted: Wednesday, July 20, 2016 - 01:54 AM UTC

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If we're keeping it home-grown, why not space those HVSS out and use M26 tracks? And ditch the GAA for a de-tuned Packard (essentially a US "meteor" engine) to up the horsepower. The gearbox would need improved to handle the added power...



Well that IS a very cool idea but we are talking limited interior space and the Packard (I think) is a longer engine. Also we are now talking a vehicle of somewhat lessor gross weight so the GAA should be even more responsive.

However switching to the V-12 meteor engine might be an excuse to use the longer Firefly chassis that was set up for the multi-bank engine.
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Posted: Wednesday, July 20, 2016 - 03:23 AM UTC

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If we're keeping it home-grown, why not space those HVSS out and use M26 tracks? And ditch the GAA for a de-tuned Packard (essentially a US "meteor" engine) to up the horsepower. The gearbox would need improved to handle the added power...



No need to space out the HVSS, the M26 track is about the same width as the T-66 and T-80 HVSS tracks. I'm going with the T-66 on my 'E8 90 project.

Spaced out VVSS is something I looked at, but the only US track that we have is the narrow track with EEC's on both sides.
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Posted: Wednesday, July 20, 2016 - 05:22 AM UTC
One Ex-Opel Blitz truck equals one German trailer:
Converting a truck into a trailer.







The main frame members started life as an Opel Blitz truck frame. The off-set in the center portion of the trailer frame was scratch built. The steering sub frame for the front axle is actually the forward engine portion of the Blitz frame. The towing fork is scratch built. And finally if you look closely you may notice that the fifth wheel (the turntable) under the trailer is actually a couple of Panther road wheels reworked.

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Posted: Wednesday, July 20, 2016 - 09:27 AM UTC
Looks like one of the old farm trailers you see around Arizona.
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Posted: Wednesday, July 20, 2016 - 05:28 PM UTC
You got it! The design of farm trailers has not changed much be it 1930's Europe or 2016 Arizona. (or Kentucky)
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Posted: Wednesday, July 20, 2016 - 06:48 PM UTC
Of possible interest to some:

The original meaning of the expression "fifth wheel" referred to the swivel above the front axle of a horse drawn carriage.


Definition of fifth wheel:

a :
a horizontal wheel or segment of a wheel that consists of two parts rotating on each other above the fore axle of a carriage and that forms support to prevent tipping.

b :
a similar coupling between tractor and trailer of a semitrailer.

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Posted: Thursday, July 21, 2016 - 12:10 AM UTC
OK - all of this fun which scratches and conversions! - I decided to throw in one more of each to this conversation, both in the world of construction:

First up, a CAT sheepsfoot roller w/ an armored cab - similar to what is currently in use in Afghanistan -take a look:









OK - and, the following, same theater of work, but an armored cab (btw - it turns out there are several options for the cab - after wasting more time than I wanted to not building, but looking at pictures etc, I went with what you'll see) dumptruck conversion:









So - a few more to this thread!

Cheers
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Posted: Thursday, July 21, 2016 - 12:48 AM UTC
Nick

Now that is what I mean about some people having far too much talent that they should be sharing out !!!!!! WOW

And that is also what I mean about some models being so good you feel it a shame to paint and hide all that itchy scratchy goings on !!!!!!!

SUPERB

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Posted: Thursday, July 21, 2016 - 01:38 AM UTC
Hi to all- I've got this under way - 1/48 Japanese Hucks type starter truck using Hasegawa's Isuzu fuel truck/cargo truck kits.



Full build log on Aeroscale in General Aircraft Forum- sorry I don't know how to post link - Richard
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Posted: Thursday, July 21, 2016 - 01:48 AM UTC
Nick

I remember how I used to enjoy it every time you made a new post while building the sheepsfoot and the entire diorama!

Fantastic stuff!!!!!!!

Mike
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Posted: Thursday, July 21, 2016 - 05:39 PM UTC
Richard - Great work on the Nippon starter truck!
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Posted: Thursday, July 21, 2016 - 05:44 PM UTC
Question earlier from Frederick Boucher


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What model is the Soviet flat car?




Monte said he took a standard German flatcar from Dragon* and cut off that inverted pyramidal support structure under the car. He then added the scratch built car sides and some Russian lettering.

* Looks to me like he used the flatcar with the low steel sides; Kit #6085.
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Posted: Sunday, July 24, 2016 - 09:13 PM UTC
Just cause I'm not posting, doesn't mean I'm not laughing!
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Posted: Monday, July 25, 2016 - 06:51 PM UTC
Oh goddess Styrene, siren of my life, show me the way. (to build it!)
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Posted: Monday, July 25, 2016 - 06:59 PM UTC

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Full build log on Aeroscale in General Aircraft Forum- sorry I don't know how to post link - Richard



Richard just copy the URL address line at the top of your browser page and paste that into your Armorama post on its' own line. (Do be careful not to accidently copy any additional spaces or punctuation that is not part of the actual address.)

The Armorama software will automatically recognize this as a link and make it active.


Example: Here is the URL link to the new Dragon Egyptian Sherman with AMX turret:

http://armorama.com/modules.php?op=modload&name=SquawkBox&file=index&req=viewtopic&topic_id=249724
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Posted: Tuesday, July 26, 2016 - 05:24 AM UTC

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Full build log on Aeroscale in General Aircraft Forum- sorry I don't know how to post link - Richard



Richard just copy the URL address line at the top of your browser page and paste that into your Armorama post on its' own line. (Do be careful not to accidently copy any additional spaces or punctuation that is not part of the actual address.)

The Armorama software will automatically recognize this as a link and make it active.


Example: Here is the URL link to the new Dragon Egyptian Sherman with AMX turret:

http://armorama.com/modules.php?op=modload&name=SquawkBox&file=index&req=viewtopic&topic_id=249724


Mike -Thanks- I'll give it a try- here goes
http://aeroscale.kitmaker.net/modules.php?op=modload&name=SquawkBox&file=index&req=viewtopic&topic_id=243710&page=1
Cheers- Richard
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Posted: Wednesday, July 27, 2016 - 02:01 AM UTC
Hi Mike,

Finished the horns and regulator in 1:35 - look here.

And in 1:25 "model truck" scale they are here!

See what you think...

Tom
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Posted: Wednesday, July 27, 2016 - 04:43 AM UTC
Horns are looking beautiful. This is a first for me but trying to figure out now how to order three pair on the Shapeways site.
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Posted: Wednesday, July 27, 2016 - 04:56 AM UTC
Three pair ordered!
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Posted: Wednesday, July 27, 2016 - 06:03 AM UTC
Another set of dual horns, this time found on a 1953 Willys Jeep Station Wagon tooling around town this past weekend.


Note horn relay bolted to firewall.
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Posted: Wednesday, July 27, 2016 - 07:05 PM UTC
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Posted: Wednesday, July 27, 2016 - 07:16 PM UTC
New Spartan car/truck horns now available in 1/35th and 1/24th scales from Shapeways as created by barkingdigger*:



https://www.shapeways.com/product/PFN6L5C9Z/sparton-truck-horns-1-35-scale?optionId=60398887

* Be sure to check out his other great detail parts for the M31 and M32!