1⁄35Tasca Sherman III
bogies! Real Sherman bogies are made from a big saddle-shaped casting into which the springs and suspension arms are bolted. Tasca follows the typical path of building this casting from two parts – one for the front half and one for the back half that mates to the hull. However, the springs are cast short to allow three layers of thin foam to act as a compressible cushion. The spring and the two rocker arms attached to it ride up and down in a groove when the wheels get pushed up, and the foam presses them down again just like real springs would. Since the suspension arms are separate, each wheel can move independently and the whole suspension accurately imitates the movement of the real thing. I followed the instructions carefully, and applied liquid glue very sparingly so all the parts could move - it would be all too easy to gum it all up. I also found that a little extra sanding of the top edges of the spring allowed it to slide easier without binding. The odd part was having to measure and cut strips from the foam, since Tasca could have done this much easier at the factory. Oh, and it can take more fingers than most folks have on two hands to get it all lined up. I piled the foam, the spring, and rockers onto one half, added the other half to trap them, and then holding the halves together I gently pried the sides apart just enough to insert the two wheel sets. Then, after re-aligning everything so the casting halves fitted together again I gently applied glue across the top and faces of the casting (along the joint) taking care not to glue the spring into place. I was paranoid, and spent a good few minutes flexing the wheels (and thus the spring) while the glue evaporated until I was sure nothing had got stuck. Once the basic parts were together and dried I used a flat file to sand down the top and leading faces of the big casting to remove the joint before adding the track-return skid on top. Then I marked and drilled the four empty bolt holes on the leading face opposite the return roller bracket, because the real castings were not “handed” and had mounting holes for the bracket at both ends. The only negative part of these excellent bogies is the way the road wheels are trapped by the assembly process. Normally I’d glue up the suspension arms and then saw through the axles to leave stubs so the wheels can be snapped into place after painting, but the separate arms of Tasca’s design don’t leave enough support if the axle is cut, so I had to trap the wheels in place from the start. With the bogies finished I am now at the end of basic construction. I’ll make up the soft stowage from tissue & PVA glue before painting, but the plastic work is done!
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