ISRAELI MAIN BATTLE TANK M51 SUPER SHERMAN TAMIYA 1/35

Tamiya’s Super Sherman, the color of Israeli tank is difficult. I made it in April 2014.

Box package of M51 Super Sherman Tamiya 1/35

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, Israeli main battle tank M51 Super Sherman Tamiya 1/35

It’s a rare case for Tamiya, a box composing type.

chassis assembly, M51 Super Sherman Tamiya 1/35

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?

road wheel, Israeli main battle tank M51 Super Sherman Tamiya 1/35

It is easy to make the HVSS suspension at minimum parts. Good work of Tamiya high quality.

hatches, Israeli main battle tank M51 Super Sherman Tamiya 1/35

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.

addtional works, M51 Super Sherman Tamiya 1/35

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.

turret of M51 Super Sherman Tamiya 1/35

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.

Israeli tank crew of M51 Super Sherman Tamiya 1/35

When just make the pose of the figure as instruction, pointing place is very near. I revise some arms upward slightly.

Israeli tank crew of M51 Super Sherman Tamiya 1/35

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.
(05-April-2014)

light guards, M51 Super Sherman Tamiya 1/35

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.

belt tracks T-80 M4 Sherman HVSS, M51 Super Sherman Tamiya 1/35

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.

M4 Sherman HVSS T-80-Track AFV Club 1/35

T80 movable track link for Sherman tanks is released by AFV Club. I just happen to have it, assemble it for trial.

making of M4 Sherman HVSS T-80-Track AFV Club 1/35

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.

fitting to the wheels, M4 Sherman HVSS T-80-Track AFV Club 1/35

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.

nice feeling of M4 Sherman HVSS T-80-Track AFV Club 1/35

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.
(09-April-2014)

before painting, Israeli main battle tank M51 Super Sherman Tamiya 1/35

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.

assembly completed, Israeli main battle tank M51 Super Sherman Tamiya 1/35

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.

I added clamps with a brass line, Israeli main battle tank M51 Super Sherman Tamiya 1/35

Tamiya kit has not have clamp of the tools, I added them using brass line.

I made the chain of the smoke discharger caps, Israeli main battle tank M51 Super Sherman Tamiya 1/35

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 gun turret rear stretched for balancing a long gun barrel and security of the inner space.

The mesh of the engine vent.

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.

M51 Super Sherman Tamiya 1/35

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, M51 Super Sherman Tamiya 1/35

The original hatch grab rail was removed and re-attached made of brass wire.

M51 Super Sherman Tamiya 1/35 and AFV Club T-80 tracks

It’s smoothly assembling completion except the caterpillar. Having a sense of reality very much and cool.
(17-April-2014)

blow surfacer before basic painting, M51 Super Sherman Tamiya 1/35

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.
(18-April-2014)

Blowing dark color on shadow, M51 Super Sherman Tamiya 1/35

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.

Israeli tank coloring

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.
(26-April-2014)

mixed color for Israeli tank

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.
(26-April-2014)

Israeli main battle tank M51 Super Sherman Tamiya 1/35 build and painting to finish

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.

marking is in the Yom Kippur War, at the time of the 1973 Arab Israeli War, Israeli main battle tank M51 Super Sherman Tamiya 1/35

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.

changed the caterpillar to the AFV Club’s movable connection tracks

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.

rear view of Israeli main battle tank M51 Super Sherman Tamiya 1/35

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.

front face of Israeli main battle tank M51 Super Sherman Tamiya 1/35

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

M51’s muzzle brake has peculiar form and is distinct.

I drew scarring with tipping by brush and small cut sponge.

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.

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

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, Israeli main battle tank M51 Super Sherman Tamiya 1/35

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.

The headgear is similar in form of US tankers one during World War II.

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, Israeli main battle tank M51 Super Sherman Tamiya 1/35

The commander and loader combination are as this photo. Is it the situation that discovered an unidentified vehicle or target in the distance?

Israeli main battle tank M51 Super Sherman Tamiya 1/35

Both of them are looking good from this angle.

washing lightly and attached dust of pigment, Israeli main battle tank M51 Super Sherman Tamiya 1/35

I did washing lightly and attached dust of pigment in the lower body around the HVSS suspensions.

the color of Israeli military uniform which I mixed dark yellow and olive-drab

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 25 cm, Israeli main battle tank M51 Super Sherman Tamiya 1/35

The size of the kit is around 25cm.

left side view of Israeli main battle tank M51 Super Sherman Tamiya 1/35

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 main battle tank M51 Super Sherman Tamiya 1/35, build and painting to finish

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.

the net of the exhaust vent is for grenade thrown in by the enemy.

I think the net of the exhaust vent is for grenade thrown in by the enemy.

I used clear epoxy adhesive for headlight.

Because there were no clear parts of the headlight in this kit, I used transparent epoxy adhesive.

Completed work of Israeli main battle tank M51 Super Sherman Tamiya 1/35

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.
(30-April-2014)

I am interested in models of tanks, airplanes, ships, military figures, I build it little by little when I feel like it. I am also interested in the history of war. My starting is Tamiya’s Military Miniature series in the elementary school.
From elementary school through university students repeatedly suspend and restart my modeling, it’s about 25 years of this hobby’s history.
Born in February 1970, I live in Tokyo. From February 2007 I was quietly doing a site called “Miniature-Arcadia”. It is being transferred to this blog with the same name from December 2016. My update pace is uneven, but please come to see here occasionally.

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