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Posted: Wednesday, August 10, 2016 - 11:36 PM UTC
Thank you Mike!

I had forgotten about the M8 radio. I'll have to check that out. I have been working with the older radio from the M4 kit. There is quite a gulf in development between those two kits.

BTW, I did finally manage to get some pretty good pictures of the breech guard on the 76mm. Going to be tricky to build.

Pat
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Posted: Tuesday, August 09, 2016 - 08:21 PM UTC
The Tamiya radio (with tray) that comes with the old M-8 and M-20 kits is nicely done even for its age. Also I think it is Verlinden that makes a good tank radio in resin. I have four of those installed in various Shermans.

Though not a great photo, here is the Tamiya radio installed in my M-20:



(Sorry but no phantom antenna in the Tamiya offering!)


Here is the complete rig: FT mounting tray, BC-604 transmitter, BC-603 Receiver and a misc. parts storage box that can be substituted for a second BC-603 receiver when desired.
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Posted: Tuesday, August 09, 2016 - 08:09 PM UTC
That's the one--I think. I am not sure of the nomenclature. In terms of dimensions, I used them on my first try, but it was too big! I have adjusted the base to fit in the Tasca turret. I am using the Tamiya radio with an added tray and a phantom antenna.

Pat
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Posted: Monday, August 08, 2016 - 08:34 PM UTC
Pat, are you talking about the FT-237 mounting tray that the BC-604 and 603 transmitter and receivers bolted into? I have handled more than a few of these but have nothing as to basic dimensions.

I can tell you that the Patton Collection (now the Ft. Benning collection) has virgin copies of these components somewhere in their "attic" if you know anyone down there that you can talk your way into the place. Also a number of the Shermans and Stuarts at Benning have full radios in them. I know because I helped rewire some of these tanks. We never got the inter tank radios working but the transmitter also drives the internal tank como and we got that working in 4-5 of the tanks.

Mike
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Posted: Monday, August 08, 2016 - 07:13 PM UTC
You know it Mike!

I'm using mine in the Tasca/Asuka 76mm turrets. I realized rather late that those early turrets essentially have two gigantic round holes in the top!

Joe from TMD is making copies for me and may eventually release it as a kit.

I have yet to make the breech guard because I need to glue parts together in order to gauge its dimensions--and make sure it fits right. It is usually complex and in spite of hundreds of reference photos, I still have no clear view of the right side.

I am also sending him a proper radio and mount, along with the turret control box and the MG mount. That last item is another thing I can't make unless I have an assembled mount.

Pat
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Posted: Thursday, August 04, 2016 - 03:21 AM UTC
Pat

What is your 76mm breach going into? It looks great! Pet peeve of mine - even it a tank model offers no interior the manufacturer should always provide the internal gun breech!

This because the breech mechanism it SO visible on the model unless you entirely button up the turret. Even with TC and loader figures in the hatches you can still tell if there is no breech!.
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Posted: Tuesday, August 02, 2016 - 05:06 AM UTC

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Iury, nice clean conversion.

I assume that front shield is just the right height for the 50 cal to shoot over? Or did they not carry the large caliber weapon?

Mike



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Posted: Monday, August 01, 2016 - 10:56 PM UTC
Hi Guys,
I'd like to show you pics of my Renwal/Revell M 55 howitzer's scratchbuilt turret interior, but seem to be too dumb to upload them here -- any help would be very welcome!
Peter
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Posted: Sunday, July 31, 2016 - 06:53 PM UTC
Here's my latest bit of scratch building/converting. It's the 76mm gun its equipment and M62 gun mount. All at the test fitting stage.































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Posted: Sunday, July 31, 2016 - 05:21 PM UTC
Well I had a lovely Saturday at Dundee Model Show until I packed and headed home !

The Bedford TM nose dived off my runaway trolley and will require repairs ! Bugger !

Ah well ,,,,,,,,,,,,, not quite back to scratch but will need some TLC ! Still dreading looking over the damage !

Nige
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Posted: Sunday, July 31, 2016 - 04:27 PM UTC
Iury, nice clean conversion.

I assume that front shield is just the right height for the 50 cal to shoot over? Or did they not carry the large caliber weapon?

Mike
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Posted: Saturday, July 30, 2016 - 07:30 PM UTC
My Brazilian Army M20 (Tamiya 1/35)





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Posted: Thursday, July 28, 2016 - 09:19 AM UTC

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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



Tom,

Very nice. I'm going to get some of the track skids for the M4's.

I'm sending a PM.

Thanks,
Randy
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Posted: Wednesday, July 27, 2016 - 08:04 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!

I have reposted this image a second time here at the beginning of this new page #12 because I fear that posts made right at the end of an older page tend to get overlooked.
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Posted: Wednesday, July 27, 2016 - 07:32 PM UTC
Turret ring adapter to mate AMX turret to Taska Sherman casting available from Shapeways as created by RanchFX:



http://www.shapeways.com/product/5XXYLYEW2/amx-sherman-turretring-adapter?optionId=43711200&li=more-from-shop
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Posted: Wednesday, July 27, 2016 - 07:31 PM UTC
Another right out of the box conversion; this time from Dragon:


Sherman with AMX turret as converted by the Egyptians.


Initial kit review by Carlos Martin over at:

http://armorama.com/modules.php?op=modload&name=SquawkBox&file=index&req=viewtopic&topic_id=249724
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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!
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Posted: Wednesday, July 27, 2016 - 07:05 PM UTC
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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 - 04:56 AM UTC
Three pair ordered!
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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 - 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: 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: 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
165thspc
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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!)