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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...

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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
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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: 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: 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: 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 - 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!!!!!!!

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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 - 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 - 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
Nick
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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: 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 - 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 - 05:22 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 - 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 - 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 - 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 - 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 - 12:29 AM UTC
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.
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Posted: Tuesday, July 19, 2016 - 11:12 PM UTC

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Randall

The wheels in my head have been turning ever since I saw the words "Jagd-Sherman" in one of your posts!

Not really sure why the US designers would have never tried an off-set, hull mounted gun with limited traverse in the Sherman.

Then trade all that weight of the now gone turret for extra armor and a lower silhouette.



There were a few prototypes but they decided on the turreted tanks.

I've done some layout work and the long 88 in a JadgPanther mount reaches back to just about to where the engine deck grills are on an M4A3. So, the gun would need to be above the hull top line for any elevation, or in a side mount like on the M3 medium (in your last post), pic 1 and 2.

I think the 88 mount from the Elephant would actually work better as the gun mount is more to the front with the trunions inside the ball mount. In pic 3 shift the gun forward and it might work.

Of course, the long 90 from the M26E4 would fit inside the hull, as it was designed to fit into the same turret ring as the M4's. But, what fun is that on a What If! I like the looks of the 88.





Edited for a typo.
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Posted: Tuesday, July 19, 2016 - 10:32 PM UTC
Well a proposal has now been submitted to the Campaign Manager's Group. We will see what develops over the next few weeks.
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Posted: Tuesday, July 19, 2016 - 10:25 PM UTC
I suppose it could be built out of the Lee/Grant but you would have to totally scrap the current hull mount for the canon and rebuild that whole area to accommodate the larger gun. Then even after losing the top turret you would still have a vehicle with a slightly taller silhouette than the Sherman.

Maybe start with the M7 Priest and completely rebuild the armored crew enclosure and make it a closed top???

Myself I like the idea of making a armored gimbal similar to that used on the Hetzer or Jagdpanzer IV, cutting it into the Sherman slopped front armor, off-center to the right (lose the co-driver and bow machine gun) and mount the US 90mm. The driver would remain in place with his standard escape hatch. The turret ring area would be plated over. The Commander would have some sort of raised cupola and either one or two escape hatches added to the top deck for the gunner and the loader.
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Posted: Tuesday, July 19, 2016 - 10:17 PM UTC
Randall, that's an impressive "What If" you've built!

Mike, I wonder if such a fixed-mount effort could be 'bashed from the old M3 Lee? Drop the little upper turret, add a bunch of decent plate on the hull, replace the gun with a 90mm, swap in the HVSS and wide tracks... (If I only had precious build-time at the moment!)