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Tamiya 1/35 M4A3 Sherman 105mm WIP

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  • Member since
    February 2011
  • From: AZ,USA
Tamiya 1/35 M4A3 Sherman 105mm WIP
Posted by GreySnake on Friday, October 16, 2020 9:37 PM
This is going to be a weird WIP as the model is already painted, decaled and weathering started. Figured I’d help liven up the forum and motivate myself to finish this project.
The Tamiya kit was started last year and put back in the box with just the bogies started. A couple months ago decided it was finally time to finish it and have been working on it off and on since then. A few modifications were done to the kit such as improving the cast texture on the final drive cover and turret, filling the empty sponsons, replacing a few parts with left over parts from the Dragon Sherman MK. II, adding better weld beads, drilling out the fuel drain holes and replacing the 105 mm howitzer with an aftermarket one.
Before painting the Olive Drab I the model was painted with Tamiya NATO black both as a primer and as a shadow coat. The Olive Drab is a mix of Tamiya XF-62 and some XF-60 to lighten it and I feel I could have gone a little lighter. The kit decals left much to be desired and the stars really fought me wanting to sliver.  
My next steps are to finally resume the weathering progress as only the right lower hull has gotten any attention. I’m also going to go back to the wood on the tools and repaint those as I’m not happy with how they look at the moment.

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Posted by BrandonK on Friday, October 16, 2020 10:36 PM

You can't go wrong with a Sherman. Now slap some mud and grime on that kit and make is all dirty. Stick out tongue


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  • From: Groton, CT
Posted by warshipguy on Saturday, October 17, 2020 9:05 AM

How many of us have models in a similar unfinished condition?  I suspect that most of us fit into that category.  This might inspire us to finish a few!

I like your Sherman!


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Posted by GreySnake on Saturday, October 17, 2020 10:26 AM
Thank you, BK and Bill.

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Posted by stikpusher on Saturday, October 17, 2020 2:44 PM

Don’t forget that this style of track has rubber pads, and only the end connectors are bare metal.

Im looking forward to seeing what you do with this one.


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  • From: East Stroudsburg, PA
Posted by TigerII on Saturday, October 17, 2020 5:28 PM

Nice work Stik. 

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  • From: Lakes Entrance, Victoria, Australia.
Posted by Dodgy on Saturday, October 17, 2020 5:55 PM

I shall watch and learn. I have only built one Sherman and that was in 1/76? An old Esci kit with interior. Way back in the 80's.

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  • From: AZ,USA
Posted by GreySnake on Sunday, October 18, 2020 11:25 AM
Stik, I thought something about the tracks didn’t look right I now I know what it is. Thank you for alerting me to the problem. Tracks are easy to get off and will be fixed today. 
Weathering was done on the lower hull yesterday using Kursk Soil by Ammo. A lot of areas will need to be gone over again to get the proper effect I’m looking for. Disregard the tracks since those are going to be repainted.
Today the upper hull should start to get some weathering and details picked out along with fixing the tracks! Thanks again stik! 
Also wanted to ask everyone if there was any interest in seeing the other three builds I’m working on? The Tiger II has been on the shelf for a year now with not much progress. The Char B1 was completed last year and I disliked how it turned out and stripped it back down to the plastic. The Stug III I lost interest on because one of the Tamiya tracks snapped on it. My goal is to complete these models before the New Year.

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  • From: Tumwater, WA.
Posted by M. Brindos on Sunday, October 18, 2020 3:28 PM

Is there any interest in seeing you finish those other three builds?! 

Damn skippy there is!

Any time you're ready. 

- Mike Brindos

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  • From: SW Virginia
Posted by Gamera on Sunday, October 18, 2020 5:26 PM

She looks good! And I've painted the rubber pad tracks grey but by the time I ended up covering them with dirt and dust they looked about the same brownish shade as they would if I'd painted them over with track primer brown. 

Would love to see you build any of those. I think I like the Char B1 the best though- I love the French camo schemes.

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