BRITISH ARMY SHERMAN V (M4A4) ASUKA 1/35

BRITISH ARMY SHERMAN V (M4A4) ASUKA 1/35 BOX PACKAGE This time, I try to make a Tasca kit of Sherman, now Asuka. It’s more fun to make it than to keep it carefully. The box glowed a little.

BRITISH ARMY SHERMAN V (M4A4) ASUKA 1/35 BOX PACKAGE Looking back, I wish Tasca would continue to release a lot of masterpiece kits other than Sherman tanks. I’m sorry, I don’t know what happened inside.

BRITISH ARMY SHERMAN V (M4A4) ASUKA 1/35 MAKING BRITISH ARMY SHERMAN V (M4A4) ASUKA 1/35 MAKING We can move the suspension using a sponge as a cushion. Cut it into small pieces and put them in the suspension box. I don’t care about the moving operation, but it’s interesting. I’m impressed that Tasca came up with it.

BRITISH ARMY SHERMAN V (M4A4) ASUKA 1/35 MAKINGThese were all flat plate-like parts to boxes. Part accuracy is high, so it is not difficult to assemble.
(2019/11/07)

BRITISH ARMY SHERMAN V (M4A4) ASUKA 1/35 MAKING BRITISH ARMY SHERMAN V (M4A4) ASUKA 1/35 MAKING It was good that the white part of the decal did not turn yellow when I bought it long ago.

BRITISH ARMY SHERMAN V (M4A4) ASUKA 1/35 MAKING After assembling it, you can’t see it very well. Photo-etched parts are used a lot.

BRITISH ARMY SHERMAN V (M4A4) ASUKA 1/35 MAKING I’m about to start assembling the upper part of the Sherman tank body.

BRITISH ARMY SHERMAN V (M4A4) ASUKA 1/35 MAKING The chassis, road wheels, and the upper part of the body were glued together.

BRITISH ARMY SHERMAN V (M4A4) ASUKA 1/35 MAKINGThe bottom of the chassis was also nicely molded.
(2019/11/09)

M4 SHERMAN VVSS T-48 TRACK AFV CLUB 1/35 MAKING I tried the T-48 movable tracks from AFV Club for the Sherman family. I didn’t expect that I would have a hard time at this time.

M4 SHERMAN VVSS T-48 TRACK AFV CLUB 1/35 MAKING The belt-type tracks in this Tasca kit have no problem and the mold is sharp. Looking back, this one was 100 times easier than the AFV Club one.

M4 SHERMAN VVSS T-48 TRACK AFV CLUB 1/35 MAKING The parts of the M4 Sherman VVSS T-48 track.

M4 SHERMAN VVSS T-48 TRACK AFV CLUB 1/35 MAKINGI tried to assemble it by attaching it with double-sided tape like a Magic Track assembly, but it is very difficult. If I consider the order of attaching the pins on both sides, it will be a little less difficult. Anyway, there is no way but to proceed little by little.
(2019/11/12)

BRITISH ARMY SHERMAN V (M4A4) ASUKA 1/35 MAKING AFV Club’s T-48 movable tracks take more time to assemble than you might think. Even more so with Duckbills. The injection marks are on the back of the track part, and there seem to be some dent marks.

BRITISH ARMY SHERMAN V (M4A4) ASUKA 1/35 MAKING It’s strange. I just used half of the parts for these tracks, but there are not enough parts. Even though it’s British Sherman, it’s M4A4 so I think it’s almost enough, but is it wrong? This is the biggest problem since I have connected the tracks with a lot of effort.

BRITISH ARMY SHERMAN V (M4A4) ASUKA 1/35 MAKING I thought it would stretch by pulling a little strongly, but this gap was impossible. The lower part was connected with an attached belt type track belt. In that case, I might not need to use the AFV Club tracks. I bought it 10 years ago, so I just wanted to use it. If you look closely, the side where the track connected parts are more precise than the belt type. I’m a little tired to think that I’m going to do the same thing again on the right side.

BRITISH ARMY SHERMAN V (M4A4) ASUKA 1/35 MAKINGWhen I assemble it, there are only 60 Duckbill units on each side, so isn’t it enough? What should I do with this? I wonder if it’s okay to attach it to every few pieces like a German tank’s Winterketten.
(2019/11/14)

BRITISH ARMY SHERMAN V (M4A4) ASUKA 1/35 MAKING There was nothing I could do about the missing ones, so I tried to reproduce them with silicone rubber.

BRITISH ARMY SHERMAN V (M4A4) ASUKA 1/35 MAKING I don’t want to wait for a long time, so if I leave the assembly here, I’ll probably never get it again. So I tried using a light-cured putty that hardens quickly.

BRITISH ARMY SHERMAN V (M4A4) ASUKA 1/35 MAKING My cat gets on my lap while I’m working, so I was interrupted many times. It’s getting cold these days and the cat wants to be with us. It looks fluffy, so I don’t think it’s so cold yet.

BRITISH ARMY SHERMAN V (M4A4) ASUKA 1/35 MAKING It was better to make a lot of small parts in the same shape, but it didn’t work well. Maybe I should have made it with a plastic sheet. I should have done it a little more neatly when I cut them.

BRITISH ARMY SHERMAN V (M4A4) ASUKA 1/35 MAKINGI managed to finish the other side. After I paint the uneven parts in black, they won’t stand out. Still, the lack of parts is a serious problem.
(2019/11/16)

BRITISH ARMY SHERMAN V (M4A4) ASUKA 1/35 MAKING After the turret was assembled, almost ready for painting. I’m tired of track assemble, but the Sherman tank is cool.

BRITISH ARMY SHERMAN V (M4A4) ASUKA 1/35 MAKING BRITISH ARMY SHERMAN V (M4A4) ASUKA 1/35 MAKING I remember that when I assembled a Tamiya Sherman long time ago, the assembly was completed very quickly. This Aasca kit is not difficult to assemble. However, the selection of parts is complicated because of the large number of parts and the paint pattern. But that is the interesting part of the modeling. This time, I had a little trouble using the T-48 Track link of AFV Club.

BRITISH ARMY SHERMAN V (M4A4) ASUKA 1/35 MAKING BRITISH ARMY SHERMAN V (M4A4) ASUKA 1/35 MAKING Browning M2 machine gun. As a part sold separately from Asuka, the mold is very good and wonderful.

BRITISH ARMY SHERMAN V (M4A4) ASUKA 1/35 MAKINGThe light guard can be built with the photo-etched part that is very easy to bend. It has a jig to bend subtle curves, so you can easily work on it.
(2019/11/18)

BRITISH ARMY SHERMAN V (M4A4) ASUKA 1/35 MAKING BRITISH ARMY SHERMAN V (M4A4) ASUKA 1/35 MAKING I thought that the Allied tanks used a belt to fixed the outside-vehicle equipment, so I added them with simple work.

BRITISH ARMY SHERMAN V (M4A4) ASUKA 1/35 MAKING I suppose it is the same figure as the Tasca Firefly kit I made it a long time ago.

BRITISH ARMY SHERMAN V (M4A4) ASUKA 1/35 PAINTING Undercoat with black. I used black surfacer.

BRITISH ARMY SHERMAN V (M4A4) ASUKA 1/35 PAINTINGSince it is a single color, I tried to use black and white paint to add gradation.
(2019/11/20)

BRITISH ARMY SHERMAN V (M4A4) ASUKA 1/35 PAINTING This is a white surfacer.

BRITISH ARMY SHERMAN V (M4A4) ASUKA 1/35 PAINTING As it is a British tank, it uses dark green rather than olive drab.

BRITISH ARMY SHERMAN V (M4A4) ASUKA 1/35 PAINTINGIf I used too much gloss varnish under the decal, it will be difficult to remove the gloss later even if the decals are pasted beautifully.
(2019/11/24)

BRITISH ARMY SHERMAN V (M4A4) ASUKA 1/35 FINISHED PHOTO British Sherman tank has been completed. There are various types of Sherman tanks from M4 to M4A6. This time, it is an M4A4 type tank. The total production of shamans is said to be about 40,000 tanks, and this type was produced about 7,500 tanks.

BRITISH ARMY SHERMAN V (M4A4) ASUKA 1/35 FINISHED PHOTO BRITISH ARMY SHERMAN V (M4A4) ASUKA 1/35 FINISHED PHOTO I was surprised that the Shermans used by the British Army also had big star marks on the left, right and top like the US Army. Was it given by Lend-Lease Acts, so it had a star mark before it crossed the ocean? But I think this is better because it creates the atmosphere of the allied forces.

BRITISH ARMY SHERMAN V (M4A4) ASUKA 1/35 FINISHED PHOTO BRITISH ARMY SHERMAN V (M4A4) ASUKA 1/35 FINISHED PHOTO This marking is No.2 Squadron, 2nd Irish Guards, Guards Armoured Division, August 1944 Cean Normandy.

BRITISH ARMY SHERMAN V (M4A4) ASUKA 1/35 FINISHED PHOTO It seems that the Guards Armored Division and the 11th Armored Division were equipped with Sherman V among the British tanks.

BRITISH ARMY SHERMAN V (M4A4) ASUKA 1/35 FINISHED PHOTO The tail lamp is clear red on the left, and the periscope, which is partially open, is clear blue this time.

BRITISH ARMY SHERMAN V (M4A4) ASUKA 1/35 FINISHED PHOTO The Aska Model Sherman tank has a reputation for being the most accurate. I don’t know much about the Sherman tanks, but if they say so, I feel like making this kit.

BRITISH ARMY SHERMAN V (M4A4) ASUKA 1/35 FINISHED PHOTO The M4A4 Sherman is equipped with Chrysler’s large gasoline engine, which extends the body length from other types. The maintenance was complicated and it was not formally introduced in the US Army. They gave tanks, which were difficult for the U.S. to use, to Britain as provided weapons. After all, it cannot be helped because the military buildup of one’s own country is the first priority.

BRITISH ARMY SHERMAN V (M4A4) ASUKA 1/35 FINISHED PHOTO BRITISH ARMY SHERMAN V (M4A4) ASUKA 1/35 FINISHED PHOTO The light on the top of the turret and the headlight on the front are clear parts, so I think it looks good and gives a nice accent.

BRITISH ARMY SHERMAN V (M4A4) ASUKA 1/35 FINISHED PHOTO Decals with fine labels are attached to the can of cookies. But it became a little difficult to read after weathering paint.

BRITISH ARMY SHERMAN V (M4A4) ASUKA 1/35 FINISHED PHOTO BRITISH ARMY SHERMAN V (M4A4) ASUKA 1/35 FINISHED PHOTO The 75 mm gun was pretty powerful, but it’s not nearly as powerful as the 17 pounds Firefly we’ll see later. When armor-piercing bullets were used, it was possible to penetrate 76 mm thick armor at a distance of 1,000 m. I think its firepower is higher than German tank type-III and short barrel tank type-IV, but as of 1944, its firepower is insufficient.

BRITISH ARMY SHERMAN V (M4A4) ASUKA 1/35 FINISHED PHOTO BRITISH ARMY SHERMAN V (M4A4) ASUKA 1/35 FINISHED PHOTO The hatch is only temporarily fastened with glue that can be peeled off, without bonding, in order to fit the figure on. I wonder if it’s better to fix the figure and the hatch when I decorate it.

BRITISH ARMY SHERMAN V (M4A4) ASUKA 1/35 FINISHED PHOTO When setting up a figure, there is a Browning machine-gun in front of him. It looks messy.

BRITISH ARMY SHERMAN V (M4A4) ASUKA 1/35 FINISHED PHOTO BRITISH ARMY SHERMAN V (M4A4) ASUKA 1/35 FINISHED PHOTO BRITISH ARMY SHERMAN V (M4A4) ASUKA 1/35 FINISHED PHOTO This time, the connecting pin of the caterpillar side and Duckbill were lightly dry-brushed with silver. I think the surface of the track units is rubber type. It’s probably best not to use a metallic dry brush on them.

BRITISH ARMY SHERMAN V (M4A4) ASUKA 1/35 FINISHED PHOTOIt doesn’t look that strong, but it looks pretty cool when it’s finished. I still have two Aska Shermans at hand, so I want to make it again someday.
(2019/11/26)

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