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D-Day M4A1 (project)

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D-Day M4A1 (project)
Posted by stikpusher on Wednesday, July 10, 2019 12:41 PM

This project has a bit of a long gestation before finally taking shape. I originally bought the basic Nichimo M4A1 in “severely started” condition off of eBay many years ago. But it was incomplete and languished on a shelf in my work areas for years while I wondered what to do with it. 

 

In May, for this past June’s 75th Anniversary of D-Day and also the June IPMS theme, I decided to modify and complete it as a wading M4 of the 741st Tank Battalion on Omaha Beach. The basic mods for wading, adding the stacks and waterproofing canvas and sealant did not take too long to do, but longer than I estimated (of course). And then of course, life gets in the way, so planned work bench times don’t happen. Long story short, this was not done in time for June.

 

Well, yesterday, I finally finished up the AFV Club T48 indie link tracks. Originally, when I started this project, I had something of a personal quandary about calling this build as my own. Let’s just say that after all the changes and effort that I put into this one, I now consider it “mine”... all ready for final detail paint and decals now...

 

 

 

 

 

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Posted by RBaer on Wednesday, July 10, 2019 3:47 PM

You should feel good calling it "yours". All your adds look great. On a side note, I've built the Nichimo kit a couple of times, most recently about 15 years ago, and I think it's still around. In its day it was pretty good, the tracks being the weakest part. Even the solid return skids were fixable.

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Posted by M1GarandFan on Wednesday, July 10, 2019 4:14 PM

Damn, Stik, the wading trunks look fantastic. Can hardly wait to see the final product.

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Posted by stikpusher on Wednesday, July 10, 2019 5:16 PM

Thanks guys.

RB, I agree about the basic kit. I built it once before straight OOB back in the 80s. I have one more in the stash to tackle, and have an idea for that one to dress it up a bit. But yes, replacing the tracks is an absolute must. Did I mention that I hate doing indie link tracks on Sherman’s... 

M1, the wading trunks are lifted from the Italeri US Marines Sherman kit, and I modified them and the engine deck area to adapt them to fit right here. 

Ill have some more photos posted here soon. I have all the detail painting pretty much done, and it’s all ready for decals now. 

 

F is for FIRE, That burns down the whole town!

U is for URANIUM... BOMBS!

N is for NO SURVIVORS...

       - Plankton

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Posted by stikpusher on Wednesday, July 10, 2019 6:38 PM

Here is my final update for today. I finished up all detail painting aside from the wood handle areas of the commander’s .50. 

 

 

 

 

All ready for the decals tomorrow

 

F is for FIRE, That burns down the whole town!

U is for URANIUM... BOMBS!

N is for NO SURVIVORS...

       - Plankton

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Posted by Gamera on Wednesday, July 10, 2019 7:37 PM

Looks good to me!

And you finished it and did most of the work. So in my attitude it's your model.

"I dream in fire but work in clay." -Arthur Machen

 

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Posted by stikpusher on Thursday, July 11, 2019 10:32 AM

Thanks G. I sure feel that way now after those hundreds of links and end connectors.... I think that those took a good five days of bench sessions to build just the tracks. You can usually build this basic kit in one day.... I’ll give the seller/builder another day of build time for any changes that he made. 

 

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U is for URANIUM... BOMBS!

N is for NO SURVIVORS...

       - Plankton

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Posted by mustang1989 on Thursday, July 11, 2019 11:09 AM

Very interesting build Carlos. I've never seen one of these with those what looks like intake and exhaust stacks on there. Good progress.

                   

 

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Posted by Rob Gronovius on Thursday, July 11, 2019 12:21 PM

looks good, my favorite Sherman version. I built the old Nitto kit way back in college and into my first years in the Army. It was motorized.

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Posted by stikpusher on Thursday, July 11, 2019 9:39 PM

Thanks guys!

 

Joe, those wading stacks do really alter the look of the Sherman. They were commonly used on tanks from early 1944 on during the early phases of amphibious assaults.

Rob, I agree about the early M4A1. It has the classic lines with that cast hull. This one still has the motorization drive axle connecting the sprockets.

 

F is for FIRE, That burns down the whole town!

U is for URANIUM... BOMBS!

N is for NO SURVIVORS...

       - Plankton

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Posted by stikpusher on Thursday, July 11, 2019 9:47 PM

Decals on... I used a set of Bison decals for these markings. Which are great to use.

 

 

 

Almost at the finish line...

 

F is for FIRE, That burns down the whole town!

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N is for NO SURVIVORS...

       - Plankton

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Posted by Mopar Madness on Friday, July 12, 2019 9:52 PM

I love those Sherman’s with the waders on back.  Nice choice!

Chad

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Posted by stikpusher on Saturday, July 13, 2019 8:23 AM

Thank you Chad. The wading stacks do look pretty cool, and sure give a new look to Shermans.

 

F is for FIRE, That burns down the whole town!

U is for URANIUM... BOMBS!

N is for NO SURVIVORS...

       - Plankton

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Posted by GlennH on Sunday, July 14, 2019 1:10 PM
Beautiful work and love your welds. Thanks for posting on a site that offers large views too.

A number Army Viet Nam scans from hundreds yet to be done:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/southwestdreams/albums/72157621855914355

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Posted by stikpusher on Sunday, July 14, 2019 1:24 PM

Thank you Glen. The welds are pretty easy to do with thin styrene and liquid cement. I’m with you about large view photos. It’s hard to take in the detail on some builds because their posted photos are small.

 

F is for FIRE, That burns down the whole town!

U is for URANIUM... BOMBS!

N is for NO SURVIVORS...

       - Plankton

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Posted by Est.1961 on Sunday, July 14, 2019 5:12 PM

Like it very much Yes

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Posted by stikpusher on Sunday, July 14, 2019 6:21 PM

Thank you sir.

 

F is for FIRE, That burns down the whole town!

U is for URANIUM... BOMBS!

N is for NO SURVIVORS...

       - Plankton

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Posted by ogrejohn on Sunday, July 14, 2019 6:28 PM

Nice looking Sherman Stik! 

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Posted by stikpusher on Sunday, July 14, 2019 7:07 PM

Thanks ogre. I just need a few more sessions to get this all finished.

 

F is for FIRE, That burns down the whole town!

U is for URANIUM... BOMBS!

N is for NO SURVIVORS...

       - Plankton

LSM

 

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Posted by Gamera on Sunday, July 14, 2019 9:10 PM

Looks cool! All you need a little sand and grime and you're done!

"I dream in fire but work in clay." -Arthur Machen

 

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Posted by stikpusher on Monday, July 15, 2019 9:31 AM

Thanks G. Yes, those things, some stowage, the .50, a T/C figure... and a flat coat...

 

F is for FIRE, That burns down the whole town!

U is for URANIUM... BOMBS!

N is for NO SURVIVORS...

       - Plankton

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Posted by GreySnake on Tuesday, July 16, 2019 9:56 AM

Looks good! 

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Posted by stikpusher on Tuesday, July 16, 2019 10:51 AM

Thank you GS.

 

F is for FIRE, That burns down the whole town!

U is for URANIUM... BOMBS!

N is for NO SURVIVORS...

       - Plankton

LSM

 

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Posted by TigerII on Thursday, July 18, 2019 1:17 PM

Hey Stik, nice job on this Sherman Wader. The decals look great.

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Posted by CapnMac82 on Saturday, July 20, 2019 7:29 PM

That is an exceelent build--excellent by any measure.

Perhaps you'll find another gem to build up as a DD to go alongside.

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Posted by Greg on Saturday, July 20, 2019 7:47 PM

Having not built a tank since the 70's probably, I still remember a bit and this one sure hits me as very nice.

I too have never seen those wading stacks, they sure add character. So did the decals.

Yes

-Greg

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