I started this Sherman tank assembling somehow in the flow of making US tank crew figures. Is it a little older kit? I am looking forward to what it looks like when finished.
Assembling the VVSS suspension.
It is better to assemble the idler wheels and road wheels, looking at the whole balance. Pushing the wheel to the end may cause the vertical row of wheels not lined up. Caterpillar is likely to be displaced unless it is aligned in the proper position.
Many tasks are required to scrape off and fill the putty on the turret. One of the activities I do not like very much.
Hmm, These are runners of the caterpillar parts that seems to be dizzy, but it will not be a big deal if you get used to it. Working while listening to the radio will end soon.
Caterpillar is a T48 type with a rubber slip. Type of assembling separately from the runner one by one. I also have AFV Club T48 tracks, but I do not have the opportunity to use this time.
There are a lot of US tanks which caterpillars tightened, but in case it is a connected caterpillar, it is easy to slack a bit.
The hatch was opened and closed movable by building in a brass wire. Because I started making it because I wanted to see the image of putting the Miniart tank crew figures.
If this kit were Dragon Models excellent climax period, I don’t doubt it’s included the photo etched light guard parts, but unfortunately this time it is a plastic parts. I’ll try them sharpen thinly.
Metal plate work is difficult, but I tried it anyway. I made my own rear light guard with metal material.
I made a light guard as the same shape as the original parts, Maybe it got a little bigger.
The back light guard was easy to make. Since the front light guard is a delicate curve, it is difficult to make it from a single strip. You can use the photo etched parts sold separately, but it is okay for me to use brass straps that are not used much.
The clamp and strap of the exterior accessories molds were not good, I did additional work with a masking tape, etc. I think this is OK after thinking the balance of my works and effects.
The parts of the headlight have large dent. I made it with clear resin, before painting, the headlights are masked.
Because I can delicate the chipping expression, I coated it in black.
It is two color camouflage of olive drab and sandy yellow. It is personal preferences, I think that it is better to use sandy yellow not dark yellow, to avoid the images of German tanks.
It seems that the decal is too yellowish and it would be useless. Perhaps I think that the decal will divert from Tasca’s Sherman. It is very much appreciated that the Tasca’s decal was attached exactly two types. Tasca has been Asuka Model long ago, by the way.
It is characterized by a rounded turret and tank body made by casting. There is a lot of opinion whether it is similar to the real tank. I have a Tasca kit so I can compare them, but many Sherman building get tired me, so this is another opportunity.
I made three-dimensional dirt only a little on the front and back.
By the way, a small door on the left side of the turret is a hatch to release the empty cartridge shell.
I made a light guard from the brass strap with difficulty handmade, so it is a good feeling as thin material. The headlight is an additional work with a clear resin.
The early type body has been set up the front hatches vertically. There is no hatch for the loader.
The marking of this tank is the 1st co., 2nd battalion, 67th Armored Regiment, 2nd Armored Division in Sicily, July 1943. Since the American tank crew I made last time are uniform of winter, it is a bit impossible to combine. But, I think the winter marking also same as the summer one. Dragon Models attached decal was yellowing much and I used the Tasca new one.
The vehicles operated in North Africa, some vehicles national insignia was surrounded the stars with white circles because the German army’s white cross mark and the American white star were hard to distinguish from afar.
It is a caterpillar with a rubber block, so it would be better not to do metal dry brush on the caterpillar contact surface.
Ummm, red rust was slightly unnatural, it was better to harmonize with the around armor surface more. It was quite nice to let only the side track link shined.
Since it is a kit before the Dragon glory day kit which is included full of parts, it can be assembled relatively easily. Olive drab and sandy yellow two color camouflage Sherman tank looks very nice.