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.
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 a 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.
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 the only person who is really interested in Sherman Tracks. The 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 with the sprocket wheels and cut and paste Tamiya belt caterpillar for other areas. 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.
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 a well-ventilated condition to avoid suctioning harmful substance.
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.
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 firepower.
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.
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 the 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.
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.
I was able to complete really good Super Sherman with relatively easy work. Nice view of a long gun barrel and rear gun turret ledge. Tamiya’s kit is easy to make and the quality is comfort level.
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.