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M4A3 (76)W Sherman

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You know seeing this interior detail, makes me wonder if the model turret should be removable, or perhaps held away by a crane or winched up.... Incidentally, regarding the nose-heavy gun, as an alternative to blutak above the breech to limit depression of the metal gun tube, you might consider counter-weighting it by drilling holes into the breach from the loading end and filling them with lead-shot and PVA or similar, once correctly counter-weighted, the holes can be filled and painted over....

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Great idea on the counter weight for the barrel. Still have not decided on the best way to display the turret but that is definitely an option.   See the picture. 

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Glad to be of help. Of course, there are other diorama possibilities for showing off the internal structures, such as having a brewed-up tank with the turret laying beside the hull, or as a factory-floor diorama with the tank 'under construction' - a diorama I've never seen done, oddly.

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Did some more work this week but not fully done with each. Escape hatch just needs the handles and bar over the latch. The instrument panel has all the components but the switches around the outside are not glued to make it easier to paint. The support bars over each side of the sponsons just need a few casting numbers.  Found that on one picture (not attached). More work this week. 

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Got some more work done, but not as much as I would have liked. 
redid the box the auxiliary generator feeds into but now need to redo it again and make it a little higher. Added the base to the auxiliary generator. Put together the battery box/unit with 30 cal. Storage on top. Master switch box to the right of the batteries was done but I am not satisfied with it and will redo it. Completed the generator regulator next to the instrument panel. Realized the ammo storage on the floor will need to be redone and not as tall. Another week of work ahead. 

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More work this week. Built the 30 cal storage and storage box on the Assistant driver side. Put the doors on the 76mm ammo storage behind the assistant driver.   Includes some pics with everything done so far in place and with the top on. Not sure how I will display the floor as it will cover up the back storage on the floor and the 76mm ammo storage I am planning on adding in the open space. We will see what this week brings. 

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Amazing work on the interior. I hope you will find a way to show it, not only by peeking through the hatches.

Cheers Rob

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Weekend update. Put together the bottom portion of the steering and break area. Nearly all of it will be covered by a plate the drivers seat is attached to but gives access to add cabling which I will need to replicate. The one shot was what came with a resin kit compared to what I put together. I just need more detail, one of my downfalls. Also did the spare periscope storage area. Attached is a picture from the 1944 Tech Manual on the set up of the steering area. Also attached is the interior I am working towards and you can see the periscope storage in the middle. That is it for now. 

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Update for the week. Added the break levers to attach to the cross shaft and at the base near the steering. Used brass tube as it is easier to install. Need to add the cabling. Installed the horn switch on the side of the steering. Still need to add the cabling to it. Started the base for the driver and asst. driver. Included a photo of the actual seat. Created the tubing that holds cabling above the drive shaft. Added bolts where the transmission section attached to the hull. Built and attached the priming pump and hand throttle attached to the housing. Wires still to be added. Finally put together the channel for cabling between the ammo storage. That is all for now. 

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Worked on the seats in between Thanksgiving and Christmas shopping this weekend and taking my son back to school. In the front is the sub-base cushion with two different styles I found. The white squares are the seat pans which will be placed in the middle of the seat frame. The seat back frame can come out as it just slides into the brass tube. It was a test fit but seems a little low.   Next is the cushions and some bolts. Plan on finishing the seats this week and next weekend hopefully start on the ammo storage behind the driver. 

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Did some work today. Finished the battery storage with latches, spare head light storage on top next to the .30 cal ammo storage. I have an extra pair of head lights from another kit to add once painted. Glued the floor plate to the steering controls and added anti slip marks (archer resin transfers). The square in the middle is for the drivers seat. Almost done with the seats, just got to add the cushions. In the over all interior picture is a 76mm shell I got, (2 bags of 20 shells) mainly for the ammo storage behind the driver which is still to be done but I put it on top of the other ammo storage box and the box is the right size. I was initially thinking it was too big. 
 

Any suggestion what color to add to white to make it a warmer feeling?  Pure white seems too cold.  Would Buff or a light tan work?  Any suggestions?

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Very impressive detailing work :notworthy: !

As for the white, a small touch of ochre would probably break-off the coldness of the base color(yeah, I know, white is not a color -_-). And it would blend nicely with subsequent weathering.

Hubert

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