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A pair of M50's

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  • From: Dripping Springs, TX, USA
A pair of M50's
Posted by RBaer on Friday, November 6, 2020 1:03 PM

Rther than clutter up the M51 thread, I thought I'd break these two out since they've really got my attention now....

Squirrel!

In order to stay straight on what I was building, I did the engine decks and under-hull radiator areas along with the respective exhausts. The Dragon hull will be a very early M50, built from the M4A4T, extra-rare due to the cast final drive cover but not unheard of, while the MP hull will be an early Cummins engined M50.

So far:

 IMG_4562 by Russel Baer, on Flickr

 IMG_4563 by Russel Baer, on Flickr

Staying focused is getting hard......

Squirrel!

 

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Posted by M. Brindos on Friday, November 6, 2020 7:41 PM

Eyeballin' this one with glee! Lol

Squirrel!

- Mike Brindos

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Posted by Dodgy on Saturday, November 7, 2020 4:16 AM

Looks like you've put in a heap of work there. Very impressive.

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Posted by GreySnake on Saturday, November 7, 2020 7:08 AM
Look forward to seeing how this comes along.        

 
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Posted by RBaer on Friday, December 11, 2020 11:11 AM

Still plugging along here, doing lots of hear scrtching and page flipping. The Lion And Lioness of the Line book has lots of good pics and drawings, which help. I also need to order a couple more of the series, after the first of the year though...

 IMG_4858 by Russel Baer, on Flickr

 IMG_4859 by Russel Baer, on Flickr

 IMG_5321 by Russel Baer, on Flickr

These pics aren't quite current, but it's been a very busy week at work. I need some bench time in a bad way.

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Posted by Gamera on Friday, December 11, 2020 11:16 AM

Looks like they're coming along nicely to me. 

Got plenty of bench time, I'm just too friggin' lazy to move very fast though. 

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

 

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Posted by RBaer on Friday, December 11, 2020 6:21 PM

I'm just slow. I did the infantry phone on the green hull, took me about two hours.....   and how in the world did I not notice I have this topic double-posted? 

Okay, I'm a dork. I'll use "this" one from now on, Mods, if you're watching, can you delete the other one?

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Posted by GreySnake on Sunday, December 13, 2020 8:49 AM

Looking good. 

 
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Posted by RBaer on Friday, December 18, 2020 12:23 PM

The cast FDA on the early tank was bugging me. Although it was not "wrong", it was unlikely on such an early M50, so I dug out the last MP 3-piece cover I had and swapped it out. Sounds quick, but it was a whole evening and a fair amount of putty, scrap and super glue, with MrSurfacer the final touch.

 IMG_5881 by Russel Baer, on Flickr

I feel better now. It's not that all M4A4 hulls kept the 3-piece covers throughout their long service life, quite to opposite actually. But an early M50, still with the Continental engine would most likely still have had the 3-piece cover.

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Posted by RBaer on Wednesday, January 13, 2021 11:44 AM

Not shelved! Having an abundance of time while at home, waiting for my mandatory off-work break due to Covid, I pushed ahead with these two while tinkering with a few more Shermans. I'm still finding a high degree of parts interchangeability between different manufacturer's kits, very helpful. The two turrets are moving along nicely, as well as some glacis detail on the "Bet".

 IMG_5939 by Russel Baer, on Flickr

At this point, anything that fits and is appropriate is going on. I was surprised to find that Tamiya loader's hatches fit perfectly in both turrets, which is good 'cuz that's all I had.

I'm waiting to do any more on the M51 until I get the SabingaMartin book with the Gimel tanks. Right now I think I need to use the rear stowage bin instead of the folding rack I have on it, and maybe a couple of other things.

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Posted by BorisBaddenov on Wednesday, January 13, 2021 12:13 PM

Also see Moose or only Squirrel?

 

 

Peace-

Boris

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Posted by GreySnake on Wednesday, January 13, 2021 6:06 PM

Looking good. 

 
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Posted by Gamera on Thursday, January 14, 2021 9:01 AM

Great to see you moving forward on this. Really need to get a pile of my stuff done. 

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

 

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Posted by Tojo72 on Thursday, January 14, 2021 9:36 AM

Hey Russ,how come those kits have so many different color plastics ? Stick out tongue

Making nice progress

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Posted by RBaer on Saturday, January 23, 2021 12:53 PM

Big Smile Anthony, you got me.

Moving right along, turret fittings, empty smoke launcher brackets, tools, hull-side grab handles/tie downs and a lower barbed wire bracket on the Cummins tank.

 

 IMG_6138 by Russel Baer, on Flickr

 IMG_6139 by Russel Baer, on Flickr

I'm getting perilously close to paint time.

 

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