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M51 Sherman- one more thing to clutter the bench.


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Well it seems I have a bad case of squirrelitis as I've pulled yet another kit out of the stash and I'm, started it. 

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The plan is to do it OOB and just get her done from start to finish. Well, that's the plan. 

Carl

 

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So I started with the lower hull. Oddly, Tamiya placed all the ejector pins on the outside of the hull plates. So some putty and sanding were in order. 

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Then it was cleanup of the seams on the numerous road wheels. 

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I've picked up some reverse action paint clips. These grab stuff from inside versus the usual outside. 

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Time for paint! 

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Exactly the HVSS suspension looks massive and sturdy.  And the muzzle brake sits there like a cherry on the top of the cake. Plus I love Jewish ingenious approach and survival mentality.

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Carl, apparently there is a cure for said squirrellist..........just say no ............... dare I ask how many in progress projects........:sofa:...........I’m being very righteous and not starting anything else until the ten in progress projects I have are complete..... I’m three down seven to go.........and sending ME ABSOLUTELY CRAZY...........I WANT TO START SOMETHING NEW..........get behind me devil, i will persevere.........

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2 hours ago, Bomber_County said:

Carl, apparently there is a cure for said squirrellist..........just say no ............... dare I ask how many in progress projects........:sofa:...........I’m being very righteous and not starting anything else until the ten in progress projects I have are complete..... I’m three down seven to go.........and sending ME ABSOLUTELY CRAZY...........I WANT TO START SOMETHING NEW..........get behind me devil, i will persevere.........

I've been pretty good the last few years about not starting too many at once. This time I just couldn't help myself. 

At the moment, I have the following on/near the bench:

- 2 HK B-25 J Mitchells

- Tamiya Spitfire IX

- ZM He-219

- Trumpeter Mi-24V

- Hasegawa FW190 A8

- Takom Leopard C2

- Bronco M24 Chaffee

- Italeri LCM3

- Tamiya M51

I really just wanted something I could knock out and be done. Which is why I'm leaving out the AM. The single colour helps a long way in that regard too.

 

 

 

 

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12 hours ago, GazzaS said:

Carl,

   if yer gonna build a Sherman, you picked the coolest of the bunch!

 

Martin...  whatsa' hyrda?

 

Gaz

Like'a big snaky dude, with many heads, totally rad. Then there was this beefed up chill guy Heracles, who was kinda trolling around and totally slammed this dope specimen of ancient wildlife.

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Ok, I've painted the rubber bands and installed them. 

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There's a seam that runs along the bottom edge of the turret so after gluing the halves together, I scraped it down and stippled on some Mr Surfacer to restore the cast texture. 

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A quick coat of paint and a sneak peak at what she'll look like.

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On 4/3/2019 at 1:58 AM, GazzaS said:

Looks sweet, Carl.

Thanks Gaz!

On 4/3/2019 at 2:30 AM, coolboxx said:

Looking very good. I still see some room.

 

Thanks! That was temporary I assure you. I needed the space for the pic. 

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On 4/3/2019 at 5:15 PM, GusMac said:

Looking great. Do love the M4 with that big schnoz!

Thanks! I think that's why I like Fireflys so much. The regular 75mm just looks so tiny 

On 4/3/2019 at 5:44 PM, Ivan Ivanovich said:

What's the deal with this one?
Is it a Sherman WITH a big stick or is it a Sherman ON a big stick?

Looks good.
Weitermachen!  B)

Could go either way. It's like the old hot rodders who would stuff the biggest engine in the small car they could. 

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A bit more progress over the last couple of days. I got all the on vehicle tools painted and installed. There's a couple more small bits before a final coat of paint and then decals. 

Here's a pic comparing it to the British Firefly.

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3 hours ago, Bomber_County said:

Looking swweeeeettttt Carl. Never realised the M51 was shorter than M4........must post pics of my M4A3E8 and the M4DV 

Looks like you’re running out of room on that bench :sofa:

 

Thanks BC!

The M51 is shorter than the M4A4/ Sherman V which was the longest Sherman variant. It should be the same length as most other Shermans including your E8, gun barrel notwithstanding.

1 hour ago, GazzaS said:

So Carl...  What's the two twin engined thingees?  B-26?

Those are my pair of HK B-25s. Besides never getting involved in a land war in Asia (:)), the only other piece of advice I have is don't try to build a pair of medium bombers at the same time. 

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