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M4A3E8 Tamiya 1/35

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  • From: Dripping Springs, TX, USA
M4A3E8 Tamiya 1/35
Posted by RBaer on Sunday, February 28, 2021 9:14 AM

I'm actually working on this one, so I thought I'd do a build log. My goal is to do a very early Easy Eight, ETO, from a pic in one of my Sherman books. I'm replacing grab handles with core tag wire and using some brass, along with other bits from my spares collection, Friuls, and a Dragon turret.

 IMG_7141 by Russel Baer, on Flickr

 IMG_7142 by Russel Baer, on Flickr

 IMG_7144 by Russel Baer, on Flickr

In all honesty, a perfectly good model could be built entirely OOB, this is a really nice kit.

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Posted by Gamera on Thursday, March 4, 2021 11:39 AM

Looks good!!! 

I've only built the Tasca/Asuka version of the E8 model. 

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

 

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Posted by RBaer on Thursday, March 4, 2021 5:03 PM

Thanks!

And tools, all from the kit except the idler tensioning tool, which is Dragon. It's marginally better than the kit part. For straps, I'm just adding them from strips of masking tape.

 IMG_7643 by Russel Baer, on Flickr

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Posted by Keyserj on Saturday, March 6, 2021 7:14 PM

Looking good! There is nothing like a good ole Sherman build.

"Why don't you knock it off with them negative waves?"- Oddball

 

John

On the bench:

1/35 Trumpeter m1132 ESV Stryker

1/35 Tamiya m113

                     

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Posted by warshipguy on Monday, March 8, 2021 9:36 AM

Nice job so far!  Shermans have grown on me.

Bill

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Posted by CapnMac82 on Monday, March 8, 2021 6:14 PM

warshipguy
Shermans have grown on me.

I hear that there's a ointment for that, now . . .

A person could have a long, long run just building Sherman variants out of the Box, let alone with upgrades and AM mods.

Be an impressive shelf when finished.  The Ram and the flails would be complicated, but achievable.  (The pile of spare parts left over would be something to see, too.)

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Posted by TigerII on Monday, March 8, 2021 11:59 PM

Those fruil tracks came out great. Nice job so far. I'll be keeping tabs.

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Posted by RBaer on Friday, March 12, 2021 3:50 PM

Thanks. Shermans make me happy, can't help it.

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Posted by warshipguy on Saturday, March 13, 2021 10:16 AM

CapnMac82

 

 
warshipguy
Shermans have grown on me.

 

I hear that there's a ointment for that, now . . .

A person could have a long, long run just building Sherman variants out of the Box, let alone with upgrades and AM mods.

Be an impressive shelf when finished.  The Ram and the flails would be complicated, but achievable.  (The pile of spare parts left over would be something to see, too.)

 

 

Kalmbach published a book about building Shermans.  The is one story about a guy who built the entire range, from the earliest M4 prototypes to the latest Argentinian variants.  Needless to say, it made for an impressive wall!

Bill

 

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Posted by warshipguy on Saturday, March 13, 2021 10:17 AM

[quote user="CapnMac82"]

 I hear that there's a ointment for that, now . . .

A person could have a long, long run just building Sherman variants out of the Box, let alone with upgrades and AM mods.

Be an impressive shelf when finished.  The Ram and the flails would be complicated, but achievable.  (The pile of spare parts left over would be something to see, too.)

 

Kalmbach published a book about building Shermans.  There is one story about a guy who built the entire range, from the earliest M4 prototypes to the latest Argentinian variants.  Needless to say, it made for an impressive wall!

Bill

 

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Posted by Rob Gronovius on Saturday, March 13, 2021 10:40 AM

warshipguy

A person could have a long, long run just building Sherman variants out of the Box, let alone with upgrades and AM mods.

Heck, you could be occupied with just a single line of Shermans, say M4A1 or M4A3 and have small hatch, large hatch, 75mm gun, 76mm gun, 105mm (A3), VVSS, HVSS, etc. for a good long time.

I started the 1/48 scale line, beginning with the old Bandai kits and moving to the Tamiya ones, and then, Hobby Boss. That's like a dozen variants.

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Posted by Slightly Altered Concepts on Saturday, March 13, 2021 1:55 PM

Luv these Sherman's.

I'll ride along if ya don't mind

Back for more. I can no longer access this blog, but, here's some older work.

http://slightlyalteredscalemodels.blogspot.com/

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Posted by GreySnake on Saturday, March 13, 2021 5:23 PM

Very nice work so far RBaer.

 
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Posted by Dodgy on Saturday, March 13, 2021 9:17 PM

Nice work Russel

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Posted by RBaer on Tuesday, March 30, 2021 8:51 AM

T'anks all. And yup, building Shermans could be a life-long thing.....

So, turret's getting real close, and on this I tried something for the first time: Archer casting marks and numbers. I'm sold.

 IMG_8572 by Russel Baer, on Flickr

 IMG_8571 by Russel Baer, on Flickr

I lost a fair amount of the Dragon parts, or used them on something else entirely, so I've got a Tamiya TC hatch and a couple of other bits from either scrap or other Sherman kits, and again everything fits or adapts easily. Just for grins, I hinged the TC hatch too, why not....

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Posted by Gamera on Thursday, April 1, 2021 8:55 AM

Cool, I've used the Archer transfers for rank insignia but never their casting marks. 

She's lookin' good! 

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

 

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  • From: Dripping Springs, TX, USA
Posted by RBaer on Friday, April 16, 2021 11:10 AM

This one's in OD, will get pics up asap.

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