I made it in October 2008.
There are many parts in this kit and required chassis assemble from plane board one by one. But with the detailed real car explanation and assembly explanation, Tasca is reliable plastic model company. It seems I can complete it with careful assembling.
I heard that this kit was long-awaited from Sherman-fans. As of today, that kind of people cut and joint, joint and cut various kits and bought many garage kits.
I was surprised there were four belt caterpillars. I thought the two pieces since I was accustomed to the Tamiya kit.
Rivet of the trank roller is like garbage after apart from the runner. There was an advice about 12 trank rollers, saying that “Applying to the detail improvement separating the rivet taken to the runner might be good”. I put up 12 rivets to 12 circles each and 144 pieces in total.
Only I was able to assemble the wheels, but sense of accomplishment arose since it’s very hard work. I took a picture of commemoration here.
Temporarily assemble is good condition. Each parts quality is excellent.
This part will almost invisible when usual assembling even if the good quality photo-etched parts.
I bond the caterpillar without floating while holding the space with the toothpick.
Assembling was almost completed.
I was able to make the photo-etched parts light guard very well. A Jig made of plastic parts was attached, and all modelers can shape them comparatively easily.
There are a lot of detailed parts under the back of the body.
Almost parts joint was very good. It’s not necessary to adjust at all because parts are matching each other without too loosing or too tightly.
I loaded luggage from accessories set of Tamiya.
Like camp tool such as bucket, jerrican, canvas seats, and field bags of fold type.
I bought this resin head by a sale about one and a half year ago, and It was finally debut.
Basic painting color was olive drab. To apply the change a little since it was only one color. I expressed light and shade with the airbrush.
All parts are painted but before weathering.
Firefly was installed British army 17-pound antitank cannon on the usual Sherman turret, if I can say simple explanation. Since 17-pound antitank cannon was the only weapon to defeat Tiger and Panter front armor, the British put the cannon on Sherman by force.
Actually, this tank has played an important role in the combat since Normandy. Germany was beware Firefly, and they gave priority more than other Sherman and almost every time Firefly was under attack first.
Since the turret of Sherman is too small for 17-pound artillery, the wireless machine installation space is lost. A big box attached behind is connected with the turret on the inside and placed the wireless machine.
Because it was a mono color paint, I put a change on the coloring a little.
I loaded many equipment and bags on the back of this tank.
I did the washing and rubbed the pastel on the chassis. The belt type caterpillar is nice quality.
The head was exchanged to the resin and I added the headphone code. I suppose this face expression is very natural.
What feeling is that four crews live in the tank while moving the front?
The square hatch for a gunner is the original of Firefly. I attached the small searchlight.
The real AFV’s OVE was painted in the same as the body color. But the effect of showing, it’s better to paint a different color.
At first I start assembling, I didn’t have any emotion for Firefly. After complete all, it looks very reliable tank and good looking!