Tamiya’s Super Sherman, the color of Israeli tank is difficult. I made it in April 2014.
I wanted to have the kit which did not so difficult assembling and have begun to make an Israeli Super Sherman spasmodically. It’s a good opportunity because I have been interested in this similar vehicle of Dragon Models. This box art is cool, too.
It’s a rare case for Tamiya, a box composing type.
You should handle these pin marks if you feel uneasy. Possibly can you not see even leaving, behind the caterpillar? But why are they in outside, is it unavoidable in process of manufacture?
It is easy to make the HVSS suspension at minimum parts. Good work of Tamiya high quality.
Normally, I suppose the grab handle is usually separated parts and modeler themselves are adhere them. But mold of this kit is like a photo, thin plastic plate and beyond saving level not like a real one. I suppose these parts should have been reappearing properly without omitting process.
This is another place, but the handrail remade in a brass line. I wonder, actually, has the development charge of Tamiya picked up the kit of other companies? If they understand the quality of this kit, I have no choice. It is the difference of making concept. But Tamiya has superb technology like the kit of Zero fighter, I would like Tamiya to have the same quality and craftwork for AFV kit again.
I made a gun turret and figure. Two figures of good workmanship are attached. Each of the two expressions of the face, which is the most important point, has a sense of oppression and is very good. A gun barrel is long and seems to be very strong.
When just make the pose of the figure as instruction, pointing place is very near. I revise some arms upward slightly.
Because a gun barrel is long, and the effective range seems to be long, the one where the figure skating at the distance is cool position and atmosphere may appear.
These are very thick when the front and rear right guards are just used, I sharpened them and thinned. The impression changes considerably just only to half the thickness.
I wound up a belt caterpillar. This is five seconds work to be over, and the mold is sharp. No need to have an antipathy to a belt caterpillar very much.
T80 movable track link for Sherman tanks is released by AFV Club. I just happen to have it, assemble it for trial.
I began to assemble it and thought the simplicity of the belt is a considerable good point. As for the caterpillar of the AFV club is movable; it is easy to be movable smoothly when I glue one of the two for each pin of side elliptic pins as the lower photograph. In case no using glue and trying to wind up the whole caterpillar, it falls apart on the way. It is not simply assembling as the Magic Truck of Dragon Models.
Seeing from just beside, it’s almost same as the belt one. I suppose there’s a difference for only person who is really interested in Sherman Tracks. Cut surface of the side pin gate whitens, but because it is smooth, I only care for the surface a little and become no problem.
I surely think I have worth choosing this caterpillar because it is not perfectly round along a sprocket wheel. It took much time, but the conclusion is satisfactory. It just occurred to me, using AFV parts for only along the sprocket wheels and cut and paste Tamiya belt caterpillar for other area. And we can make many kits without workable tracks!
Ummm… I do not need to become stingy when I think I cannot make only a vehicle of the HVSS suspension a lot.
Because I could not move a gun barrel up and down when I attached a mantlet cover, I fixed it at the best angle of the look. I think the best angle is slightly up than a horizontal position. In the old age, the cover made of cloth making was advised in the Walker Bulldog M41; “Let’s make it with a plastic bag!” I remember it’s considerably difficult work.
There are many parts omitted on the front armor in this kit, I referred the box art and added some parts with a plastic board.
Tamiya kit has not have clamp of the tools, I added them using brass line.
I made the chain of the smoke discharger caps. I bundled thin copper wire and adhered in superglue.
The gun turret rear stretched for balancing a long gun barrel and security of the inner space.
The mesh of the engine vent was used the wrapper of the candy which I got from my friend. Quality is largely up in the inexpensive materials.
Very high body tank, it seems easy to found in the battle field.
The original hatch grab rail was removed and re-attached made of brass wire.
It’s smoothly assembling completion except the caterpillar. Having a sense of reality very much and cool.
I usually blow surfacer before basic painting as much as possible. I use lacquer paint as Mr. Color released by GSI Creos in Japan, the surface of the paint is strong fastness to the plastic. Mr. Color is required well-ventilated condition to avoid suctioning harmful substance.
Blowing dark color on shadow area. In my case, I mixed ivory and tire black; 50% and 50%, in case I have some remained paint, adding it to the main mixed color.
By the way, it is the painting of the Sinai Gray on the Israeli tank which is the main point of this modeling. Sinai Gray was compounded Medium Gray of XF-20 and a Buff of XF-57 Tamiya Color, with one to one according to a manual of Tamiya, it’s the main body color for AFV in the Yom Kippur War. Several kinds of colors are released from Modelkasten. This time, I toned it by Mr. Color of Creos. After having mixed Neutral Gray and Sale Color with approximately one to one, I mix yellow ocher while modifying color taste. I thought whether warmth was insufficient and added Yellow little by little.
Basic painting and pasted decals. After I have weathering paint a little, it will be completed. I suppose the shield cover was made of canvas, it’s better to change the color later.
It is the completion of M51 Super Sherman. It’s a tank of Israeli Defense Forces with plenty of a military career after World War II era. This tank was remodeled from the American Sherman and changed armament for 105mm anti-tank gun and became able to fight against T-54/55 and JS3 of the Arab countries based on equal fire power.
The marking is in the Yom Kippur War, at the time of the 1973 Arab Israeli War. The vehicle color was called Sinai Grey, which is used in Israel Defense Forces AFV. I explained the toning recipe in my working page of M51.
I changed the caterpillar to the AFV Club’s movable connection tracks. I wonder it’s effective or not. At least I think that roundness of each track of the part close against drive sprockets and return rollers looks good.
There are a lot of injection pin marks on a chassis, I commented in my working report. But there is no problem because all marks are hiding.
The decal of the car number on the right and left each were indicated to attach on the angle. I attached them parallel to the ground for it’s better looking, I suppose.
M51’s muzzle brake has peculiar form and is distinct.
I drew scarring with tipping by brush and small cut sponge. This time I worked moderately, not hard weathering.
I drew the pattern of the OVM wood parts with washing in red brown, buff, dark yellow and after that, I had dry brushing.
It’s a good accent of canvas cover of the mantelet, if you change color compare to Sinai Grey. I think whether the feel of canvas material improved when I mix some pigments with paint because it becomes rougher.
I painted periscopes in turquoise green of Mr. Crystal color of CREOS. Ummmm…. it is slightly artificial, I should have painted deep clear green. I bought three colors of crystal colors, and there is not much use. All may be usable to periscopes if I mix them with dark color.
He is a loader. He has serious expression. The headgear is similar in form of US tankers one during World War II.
The commander and loader combination are as this photo. Is it the situation that discovered an unidentified vehicle or target in the distance?
Both of them are looking good from this angle.
I did washing lightly and attached dust of pigment in the lower body around the HVSS suspensions.
I made the color of Israeli military uniform which I mixed dark yellow and olive-drab with one to one. The uniform of Israel Defense Forces is a slightly unique color. If it is said that khaki is a similar color.
The size of the kit is around 25cm.
This kit has an explanatory brochure and we can understand the detailed thing about M51 Super Sherman. It is very helpful for keeping motivation until completion.
Israeli Merkava tank is also becoming popular, SF-like shape is attractive. It is the good point of Sherman M51 as remodeling the out-of-date old vehicle to first class fighter in the front line.
I think the net of the exhaust vent is for grenade thrown in by the enemy.
Because there were no clear parts of the headlight in this kit, I used transparent epoxy adhesive.
I was able to completed really good Super Sherman with relatively easy work. Nice view of long gun barrel and rear gun turret ledge. Tamiya’s kit is easy to make and the quality is comfort level.