Sherman tank from Dragon Models. It’s a tank of the Red Army. It is the Sherman M4A2 tank of the Soviet Army marking of the so-called German-Soviet war. It’s a shame that this box art doesn’t look so strong because the barrel is down.
This time these are belt-type tracks. Is it a T-49? I suppose this type was the mainstream in the Soviet Army because it was attached to vehicles that were leased to the Soviet Union from the beginning.
In the case of the Shaman series, there is no need to force the loosening of the belt tracks, but I don’t want it to float unnaturally, so I chew the tissue and fix it until it dries. The length of the track was a little long, so I cut off a piece of the connecting part.
Includes turret shield cover parts. It is quite deformed and I am a little worried if it fits perfectly. Is this kit older than the Smart Kit generation? I don’t remember because I bought it a long time ago. I think it’s a good bargain kit that has a metal barrel, moderate etching parts, and rubber parts like this shield cover.
It’s cool to wear a shield cover that looks like canvas. In that case, it will sacrifice the vertical movement of the barrel. Since it was originally a display model, I did not care about the movement, so I concentrated on firmly attaching it. It was firmly fixed with super glue.
The Red Army’s Sherman doesn’t have a lot of decals, so I can put a lot of stuff where the markings aren’t hidden. I should check the location beforehand. It may be quite different because it is an accessory for the allied forces (US UK mainly), but this time I wanted to load a lot of things, so it’s okay.
I just noticed that the assembly instructions barely specify the marking, but there is no specification for the body color. I wonder which is better, olive drab or dark green. Well, I think I’ll have an olive drab because the Soviet troops didn’t have enough time to repaint their colors at that time. The olive drab of the U.S. Army and the dark green of the Soviet Army are similar colors, so they would not have been accidentally shot by their allies.
From 1942 to April 1944, more than 8000 tanks with 75 mm artillery guns mounted were produced. Since May 1944, about 3000 tanks have been produced, each equipped with a 76.5 mm gun. This 76.2 mm artillery mounted M4A2 was mostly provided to the Soviet Union as a lend-lease vehicle.
The shield cover part was made of the same material as the slightly soft Dragon Styrene caterpillar, but when it was attached, the gun barrel was fixed to move up and down. I was careful because if I fix the gun barrel facing down, it will be a little disappointing like a box picture.
The part of the tracks that rubs against the ground shone a little harder. I think it’s shining on the stone pavement in Berlin. I don’t think it’s a rubber pad, this type of belt track is. There are sometimes tracks with rubber pads in the vehicles of the allied forces.
I was instructed to paint only the left side of the tail light as a red light when I referred to the instruction manual of Tasca, No, No, now Asuka. I wonder if Tasca’s assembly instructions are the most reliable. There were no specific instructions in this kit. We can paint it as we like! I think so.
I took a photo with a female tank soldier I made a while ago. It’s just after the fall of Berlin for the Soviets, so it’s OK smiling in front of their tank? This is good too, but I think I’ll try to make other ordinary tank crew.
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.