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1/35 Tamiya M-4A3E8 "Easy Eight" - #1 Completed pg.2 #2 WiP

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1/35 Tamiya M-4A3E8 "Easy Eight" - #1 Completed pg.2 #2 WiP
Posted by M. Brindos on Thursday, October 1, 2020 5:38 PM

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Posted by M. Brindos on Friday, October 2, 2020 12:57 AM

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Posted by Tojo72 on Friday, October 2, 2020 6:04 AM

Looks good,this one came out right after I grabbed my Tamiya/Tasca rebox.I did the Tamiya Isreali Isherman which I think builds up similar to this one.

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Posted by Gamera on Friday, October 2, 2020 8:54 AM

Mike: Ohhhh, that looks good! I'm so tempted to pick one up if only I didn't have several of the Asuka/Tasca M4A3E8s that I really, really, really need to get built first. 

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Posted by M. Brindos on Friday, October 2, 2020 9:21 AM

I don't ever recall building one of the infamous Tasca rebox Sherman's so I can't compare them. This kit is excellent though. 

I love the tracks because they simply glued together without a single issue, but they don't lay right like indy links do. I may end up gluing them to the idlers to make them look like gravity exists. But that's a detail I will tackle much later.

Those Ishermans are wicked, mean looking tanks. Maybe someday I'll tackle one of those myself.

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Posted by M. Brindos on Friday, October 2, 2020 9:34 AM

Gamera

Mike: Ohhhh, that looks good! I'm so tempted to pick one up if only I didn't have several of the Asuka/Tasca M4A3E8s that I really, really, really need to get built first. 

 

This kit reminds me of how beautifully the new Hien kit went together. Things fit so well I've already found myself adding gear to it, knowing I won't have any fit issues later.

The engineering is top notch. There's only 8 pieces per suspension unit and it's solid, but looks like it should function regardless. It's been a test of patience sanding road wheel seams, but once that's done they assemble easily and if you're careful they still roll. 

Each wheel has excellent raised rim detail inside and out, so painting should be easy once I get there.

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Posted by TigerII on Friday, October 2, 2020 3:09 PM

Nice work so far.

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Posted by M. Brindos on Friday, October 2, 2020 3:20 PM

Thank you, sir. YesBig Smile

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Posted by M. Brindos on Friday, October 2, 2020 7:58 PM

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Posted by GreySnake on Saturday, October 3, 2020 7:23 AM
Looking very good, I have the same kit in the stash and need to get around to building it one day.

 
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Posted by BrandonK on Saturday, October 3, 2020 10:59 AM

This is looking very cool.

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Posted by M. Brindos on Saturday, October 3, 2020 11:07 AM

Thank you.

Mine has sat in the stash for a year, but then Dad started in on his and I was inspired to dig mine out and start it too.

He's getting a lot better with his figure painting.

(Photo credit; M-60 Tanker)

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Posted by Gamera on Monday, October 5, 2020 11:31 AM

She's lookin' good Mike! 

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Posted by Dodgy on Monday, October 5, 2020 5:07 PM

Looking good Mike. I think you have another winner on your hands!

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Posted by M. Brindos on Monday, October 5, 2020 10:44 PM

I haven't made any real progress in a few days. That's my Dad's Easy Eight in that last picture. He's much further along than I am.

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Posted by M. Brindos on Monday, October 5, 2020 10:49 PM

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Posted by Gamera on Tuesday, October 6, 2020 11:46 AM

Well both of them look good. Wink 

Super nice work there from your dad! Yes

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Posted by T26E4 on Tuesday, October 6, 2020 12:30 PM

Something for Tamiya M4A3 kit builders to consider: Tamiya still hasn't corrected its research error of including the engine crank, mounted on the rear bulkhead.  No M4A3 ever had that item -- only used on radial engined tanks.

Maybe omit that part?

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Posted by RBaer on Tuesday, October 6, 2020 2:35 PM

Forgot all about that Roy, good reminder. I've got a half dozen or so of these kits, put away in a closet. I keep printing a 40% off coupon from Hobby Lobby and grabbing one when I go by. I guess I could slow down now....   maybe even build one. It looks like a really nice kit.

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Posted by M. Brindos on Tuesday, October 6, 2020 9:12 PM

T26E4

Something for Tamiya M4A3 kit builders to consider: Tamiya still hasn't corrected its research error of including the engine crank, mounted on the rear bulkhead.  No M4A3 ever had that item -- only used on radial engined tanks.

Maybe omit that part?

 

That part is still on the sprue lol. But not because I knew that. Thanks for letting me know about that!

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Posted by M. Brindos on Tuesday, October 6, 2020 9:13 PM

RBaer

Forgot all about that Roy, good reminder. I've got a half dozen or so of these kits, put away in a closet. I keep printing a 40% off coupon from Hobby Lobby and grabbing one when I go by. I guess I could slow down now....   maybe even build one. It looks like a really nice kit.

 

You should build one, or two. They're super great kits.

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Posted by M. Brindos on Wednesday, October 7, 2020 1:08 AM

Managed to sort out all of the parts that go on the front of the hull this evening. Nothing extraordinary. I did thin down the cross guards for the horn a bit. They're a tad thick for me.

I'll see what I can do about finishing up the hull hardware soon.

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Posted by Gamera on Wednesday, October 7, 2020 9:44 AM

Looks good to me Mike, like the storage! 

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Posted by M. Brindos on Wednesday, October 7, 2020 11:59 AM

Thanks. I've been careful not to overload it. I don't want it to turn into a gypsy caravan.

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Posted by M1GarandFan on Wednesday, October 7, 2020 9:43 PM

I think your storage is just fine, but I'm under the impression that most of the U.S. tanks DID look like they were part of a gypsy caravan, at least near the end of the war in Europe.

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Posted by TigerII on Wednesday, October 7, 2020 10:16 PM

Hey Mike, this "Easy Eight" is coming along nicely. I did notice that you haven't made up your mind if you're going to use the M2 .50cal MG or the M1 .30cal MG for the turret. IMHO I'd go for "Ma Deuce". This tank looks like another winner.

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Posted by M. Brindos on Wednesday, October 7, 2020 11:36 PM

Oh yes I have made up my mind. I'm going with both lol. Because guns! 

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Posted by Tojo72 on Thursday, October 8, 2020 8:00 AM

The stowage looks good.

I always thought they looked like the Beverly Hillbillies truck.

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Posted by barba on Thursday, October 8, 2020 8:13 AM

Beautiful build! I have the same kit but can't find time to work on it. Honestly this thread gave me some inspiration..

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Posted by RBaer on Thursday, October 8, 2020 9:41 AM
Come to think of it, it's been a couple of years since I did anything Sherman.......

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