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

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Posted by M. Brindos on Thursday, October 8, 2020 5:31 PM

Tojo72

The stowage looks good.

I always thought they looked like the Beverly Hillbillies truck.

 

Lol yeah. I'm just not going overboard with it lol.

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Posted by M. Brindos on Thursday, October 8, 2020 5:38 PM

RBaer
Come to think of it, it's been a couple of years since I did anything Sherman.......
 

Hop on the bandwagon lol.

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Posted by M. Brindos on Friday, October 9, 2020 9:44 PM

Got some minor detailing done today. Started by detailing up the .50 cal and branched out to hatch handles and other minor details such as the loaders hatch spring-catch. I added the head pad and latch to the commanders hatch. Drilled and pinned all four hatches so I can move them around until I get the crew setup. All of the hardware is now installed on the turret. 

I still need to finish up the upper hull assembly and all of the tiny bits like tools to attach later. 

But it's starting to look serious. I like it. Big Smile

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Posted by Gamera on Monday, October 12, 2020 11:41 AM

Nice work there on both M4s!!! 

YesYes

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Posted by RBaer on Monday, October 12, 2020 12:15 PM

All looking good! I just may get a Sherman bug here.....

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Posted by M. Brindos on Tuesday, October 13, 2020 2:22 PM

Thanks! I've got some updates to catch up on. I've got a second E8 to build and a Pershing as well. 

This project is keeping me busy and keeping my mind on time management. 

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Posted by Dodgy on Tuesday, October 13, 2020 5:22 PM

Both builds are very impressive Mike.

I long to live in a world where chickens can cross the road without having their motives questioned

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Posted by M. Brindos on Wednesday, October 14, 2020 2:34 AM

M-60 Tanker's builds are going well with the first coat of Model Master rattle can O.D. ending up a bit dark, but I've advised him on how to tone it down. It should be fun to see how he tackles the problem.

I'm quite proud of how far my Dad has come in so short of a time. I learned all of my first lessons from him and now he's asking me for tips. He was always better than me in my mind and he always will be.

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Posted by GreySnake on Wednesday, October 14, 2020 8:21 AM
Those are two great looking Sherman’s looking forward to seeing them completed.

 
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Posted by Gamera on Wednesday, October 14, 2020 12:17 PM

Mike: So yours is the M4A3E8 and your dad's is the M4A1E8? 

They both look great! 

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Posted by M. Brindos on Wednesday, October 14, 2020 2:35 PM

GreySnake
Those are two great looking Sherman’s looking forward to seeing them completed.
 

Thanks! That's actually 3 different builds. One is mine and the other two are M-60 Tanker's. I have one more E8 and a Pershing to build and he has another Dragon Sherman to go yet.

We're building a platoon together for a large diorama. 

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Posted by M. Brindos on Wednesday, October 14, 2020 2:36 PM

Gamera

Mike: So yours is the M4A3E8 and your dad's is the M4A1E8? 

They both look great! 

 

That's three builds you're seeing. I've just been hosting my Dad's work for him because these are all going into the same diorama.

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Posted by M1GarandFan on Wednesday, October 14, 2020 10:56 PM

I'm really looking forward to this diorama. It sounds like it will be awesome.

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Posted by M. Brindos on Thursday, October 15, 2020 2:44 AM

M1GarandFan

I'm really looking forward to this diorama. It sounds like it will be awesome.

 

I hope so. You don't typically see an entire platoon modelled.

As for M-60 Tanker's progress, he's almost done with a second build.

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Posted by Gamera on Thursday, October 15, 2020 11:30 AM

M. Brindos

 

 
Gamera

Mike: So yours is the M4A3E8 and your dad's is the M4A1E8? 

They both look great! 

 

 

 

That's three builds you're seeing. I've just been hosting my Dad's work for him because these are all going into the same diorama.

 

 

Oh DUH!!! Guess that explains why your dad's tank looks like a M4A1E8 and a M4A3E8, because it's both!!! 

The dio sounds cool, looking forward to how it turns out. 

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Posted by GreySnake on Saturday, October 17, 2020 10:30 AM

M-60 tanker is doing some very nice work. 

 
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Posted by M. Brindos on Saturday, October 17, 2020 10:38 PM

M-60 Tanker's been playing with crew arrangements and finalizing the detail painting for both tanks.

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Posted by M. Brindos on Saturday, October 17, 2020 10:45 PM

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Posted by modelcrazy on Saturday, October 17, 2020 11:14 PM

Looks great Mike Yes

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Posted by Gamera on Sunday, October 18, 2020 5:32 PM

I love the crew on M60's two tanks and the storage on yours! Yes

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Posted by M. Brindos on Sunday, October 18, 2020 9:55 PM

Big thanks, M.C. and Gam! 

I finished the gear on the turret! Details, highlights, more pin washes and some decals for the German helmet trophy.

I started by hand painting the bumper numbers. I don't have my stencils right now and I'm making an assumption that they were not always readily available in the field. I'm still looking through boxes for spare reg. numbers for the sides.

I'm happy I've got it all level lol.

The mess on the back deck is next. My wash was done over the matte coat so it turned into more of a filter and it all blended together as a brown lump, mostly. I should've glossed it first, then the brown wash would've worked as intended, filling in the margins and crevices.

I'm getting closer to the finish. Big Smile

 

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Posted by M. Brindos on Wednesday, October 21, 2020 12:55 AM

I do believe tank C-31 is now done for the moment.

That's pretty much one done. Two to go.

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Posted by RBaer on Wednesday, October 21, 2020 6:08 PM

Looks very good Mike. So, diorama: with the variation in Sherman types, it almost looks like you guys are doing a scene from Fury......

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Posted by M. Brindos on Wednesday, October 21, 2020 7:55 PM

Thanks! 

The idea this far is that we're combining different platoons from the 4∆35∆  (4th Armor Division, 35th Armored Regiment) heading up the road to Berlin in the spring of 1945. I'm thinking I may even include some abandoned german vehicles along the road side. Lord knows I could spare a couple lol.

So this is going to be grand in scale and I'm just now getting into learning how to make a diorama base because I've never actually built one before. I did make a dirt brick for my son's 1/72 M-4A2 5years ago, but it wasn't a diorama. So this is going to be a learning experience and I'm all for it.

Two more tanks for me to build. 

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Posted by M1GarandFan on Wednesday, October 21, 2020 8:59 PM

Excited to see what your concept will be for the dio. Sounds like you might need a separate garage or warehouse for it though!

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Posted by Tojo72 on Wednesday, October 21, 2020 9:05 PM
Finished up nicely

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Posted by Gamera on Thursday, October 22, 2020 8:14 AM

A dio base is a pretty simple thing if you just go with a simple field or road like I like to do. Much more complex if you want to add buildings etc. 

I just add some plaster (Durham's Water Putty is better if you can get it) to a cheap craft store wooden plaque. Add ruts while the plaster is still wet and when dry paint it with cheap 99 cent craft paints. Then cover it with glue and sprinkle on static grass. 

BTW: I can't see your photos at all. Is it something on my end guys? 

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Posted by M. Brindos on Thursday, October 22, 2020 2:27 PM

M1GarandFan

Excited to see what your concept will be for the dio. Sounds like you might need a separate garage or warehouse for it though!

 

I think we will be compartmentalizing it and making it in small vinettes that interconnect. There is going to be a main layout, but dividing it up makes sense for transport and displaying.

- Mike Brindos

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