Hey folks. I decided to start a build log of my current WIP - an Italeri M4A3(76) Sherman which was erroneously labeled an M4A2 Jumbo. Well, sort of. I made the mistake of attaching the rear of the original M4A1/M4A2 included in the kit... I realized this too late when prepping the model for primer. I didn't have instructions for the kit so that also contributed. The gigantic rear exhaust hides most of it anyway so I decided to live with the error.
in just the first few steps in building the thing, I immediately realized the major advantage that tamiya had over italeri - good fit. The turret on my kit had its brackets that was supposed to latch on to the hull molded too short. The damn thing flapped about loose. So I took some sprue and jammed it on the brackets to lengthen them. Once the glue set, it was a pretty decent setup.
When I fit the lower and upper hull together, I discovered that there was a huge gap between the transmission cover and the upper hull. Sigh. Out came tamiya's grey putty and some tape. Furthermore, the hull was warped - the suspension system sliiighty bowed out. Hence, I couldn't get the wheels level with one side of the hull to the other. When I slapped the tracks on, I put some weight on the hull to lessen this effect. It is less noticeable so I decided to live with it.
What is worse is the fact that the "workable" suspension bowed under pressure from the unsurprisingly stiff tracks. I tried to use a set of spare tamiya m4 early tracks (T48) but I put them aside and just decided to go with the kit's tracks.
I also noted that the cast parts of the kit (turret, transmission cover) was as smooth as a baby's arse.
So, I used an old trick - tamiya extra thin cement applied on the surface, and a hard bristle brush pushed on the wet surface.
Finished the assembly and applied the primer. I liked how the cast effect turned out. I squished the turret halves together after applying heavy dosage of tamiya white cement to create a seam to hide the gap. Used a nail cleaner/burr to lessen the seams on the turret and dull the cast effect. I also used it to make small indentations on the hull.
Here she is now. I realized that I had misplaced the turret roof MG. Gonna look for it tomorrow. Not to worry - I did not like the look of the thing anyway PLUS the base holding it looked.... frail and skinny. I took out the MG from the tamiya m4 and am considering using it. I also have academy's US MG set which I might crack open to replace the entire sub assembly. Anyway, leaving it at that for today. Would highly appreciate suggestions or comments. Thanks folks.