M4A1 SHERMAN 75mm EARLY VERSION US ARMY MEDIUM TANK DRAGON 1/35

M4A1 SHERMAN TANK 75mm EARLY VERSION DRAGON 1/35 BOX PACKAGEI 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.

M4A1 SHERMAN TANK 75mm EARLY VERSION DRAGON 1/35 MAKINGAssembling the VVSS suspension.

M4A1 SHERMAN TANK 75mm EARLY VERSION DRAGON 1/35 MAKING M4A1 SHERMAN TANK 75mm EARLY VERSION DRAGON 1/35 MAKINGIt 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.

M4A1 SHERMAN TANK 75mm EARLY VERSION DRAGON 1/35 MAKINGMany tasks are required to scrape off and fill the putty on the turret. One of the activities I do not like very much.
(24-Apr-2017)

M4A1 SHERMAN TANK 75mm EARLY VERSION DRAGON 1/35 MAKINGHmm, These are runners of the caterpillar parts that seem 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.

M4A1 SHERMAN TANK 75mm EARLY VERSION DRAGON 1/35 MAKINGCaterpillar 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.

M4A1 SHERMAN TANK 75mm EARLY VERSION DRAGON 1/35 MAKINGThere are a lot of US tanks which caterpillars tightened, but in case it is a connected caterpillar, it is easy to slack a bit.

M4A1 SHERMAN TANK 75mm EARLY VERSION DRAGON 1/35 MAKINGThe hatch was opened and closed movable by building in brass wire. Because I started making it because I wanted to see the image of putting the Miniart tank crew figures.

M4A1 SHERMAN TANK 75mm EARLY VERSION DRAGON 1/35 MAKINGIf 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 part. I’ll try them sharpen thinly.
(25-Apr-2017)

M4A1 SHERMAN TANK 75mm EARLY VERSION DRAGON 1/35 MAKINGI failed…

M4A1 SHERMAN TANK 75mm EARLY VERSION DRAGON 1/35 MAKINGMetal plate work is difficult, but I tried it anyway. I made my rear light guard with a metal material.

M4A1 SHERMAN TANK 75mm EARLY VERSION DRAGON 1/35 MAKINGI made a light guard as the same shape as the original parts, Maybe it got a little bigger.

M4A1 SHERMAN TANK 75mm EARLY VERSION DRAGON 1/35 MAKINGThe backlight 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.

M4A1 SHERMAN TANK 75mm EARLY VERSION DRAGON 1/35 MAKINGThe clamp and strap of the exterior accessories molds were not good, I did additional work with masking tape, etc. I think this is OK after thinking about the balance of my works and effects.
(27-Apr-2017)

M4A1 SHERMAN TANK 75mm EARLY VERSION DRAGON 1/35 MAKINGThe parts of the headlight have a large dent. I made it with a clear resin, before painting, the headlights are masked.

M4A1 SHERMAN TANK 75mm EARLY VERSION DRAGON 1/35 PAINTINGBecause I can dedicate the chipping expression, I coated it in black.

M4A1 SHERMAN TANK 75mm EARLY VERSION DRAGON 1/35 PAINTINGIt 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.

M4A1 SHERMAN TANK 75mm EARLY VERSION DRAGON 1/35 PAINTINGIt 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 Tasca’s decal was attached to exactly two types. Tasca has been Asuka Model long ago, by the way.

M4A1 SHERMAN TANK 75mm EARLY VERSION DRAGON 1/35 FINISHED WORKIt is characterized by a rounded turret and tank body made by casting. There is a lot of opinions whether it is similar to the real tank. I have a Tasca kit so I can compare them, but many Sherman building gets tired of me, so this is another opportunity.

M4A1 SHERMAN TANK 75mm EARLY VERSION DRAGON 1/35 FINISHED WORK M4A1 SHERMAN TANK 75mm EARLY VERSION DRAGON 1/35 FINISHED WORK M4A1 SHERMAN TANK 75mm EARLY VERSION DRAGON 1/35 FINISHED WORKI made three-dimensional dirt only a little on the front and back.

M4A1 SHERMAN TANK 75mm EARLY VERSION DRAGON 1/35 FINISHED WORKBy the way, a small door on the left side of the turret is a hatch to release the empty cartridge shell.

M4A1 SHERMAN TANK 75mm EARLY VERSION DRAGON 1/35 FINISHED WORKI 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.

M4A1 SHERMAN TANK 75mm EARLY VERSION DRAGON 1/35 FINISHED WORKThe early type of body has been set up the front hatches vertically. There is no hatch for the loader.

M4A1 SHERMAN TANK 75mm EARLY VERSION DRAGON 1/35 FINISHED WORKThe 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 the same as the summer one. Dragon Models attached decal was yellowing much and I used the Tasca new one.

M4A1 SHERMAN TANK 75mm EARLY VERSION DRAGON 1/35 FINISHED WORKThe vehicles operated in North Africa, some vehicles national insignia has rounded the stars with white circles because the German army’s white cross mark and the American white star were hard to distinguish from afar.

M4A1 SHERMAN TANK 75mm EARLY VERSION DRAGON 1/35 FINISHED WORK M4A1 SHERMAN TANK 75mm EARLY VERSION DRAGON 1/35 FINISHED WORK M4A1 SHERMAN TANK 75mm EARLY VERSION DRAGON 1/35 FINISHED WORKIt is a caterpillar with a rubber block, so it would be better not to do metal dry brush on the caterpillar contact surface.

M4A1 SHERMAN TANK 75mm EARLY VERSION DRAGON 1/35 FINISHED WORKUmmm, red rust was slightly unnatural, it was better to harmonize with the around armor surface more. It was quite nice to let only the sidetrack link shined.

M4A1 SHERMAN TANK 75mm EARLY VERSION DRAGON 1/35 FINISHED WORK M4A1 SHERMAN TANK 75mm EARLY VERSION DRAGON 1/35 FINISHED WORKSince 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 look very nice.
(2017/04/29)

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