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Is a USMC conversion from this...

Joined: January 31st, 2007, 5:14 pm

November 28th, 2011, 5:24 pm #1

...http://tasca-modellismo.com/seihin/m4a2 ... n3mid.html ...

Do-able? It would seem easy to my eye and since the DML Tarawa kits seem in shorter supply than usual, seeing Tasca offering an M4A2 is great news.


Frank
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November 28th, 2011, 7:04 pm #2

Looks to me that about all you need to do is --
1. Delete British Equipment. Substitute US radio antennae.
2. Substitute M54e1 Steel Chevron Tracks
3. Add 8 Jerry Can (Water type)rack to rear hull.
4. Add Archer Tarawa decals.
5. Don't know what is in the kit but the wheels should be the pressed type (6-spoke -- solid, no cutouts)
6. Don't know if it is in the kit, but Tarawa Sherman should include curved exhaust deflector.
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Joined: January 31st, 2007, 5:14 pm

November 28th, 2011, 7:31 pm #3

Thanks, John. That's pretty much what I was thinking - details. If there's nothing 'structurally' different, a conversion is in my future. I'm about to use a DML M4A2 in a conversion to an M32B2 so my spares box will increase but I'll be short an M4A2 kit which I want to build.

And, since it's a Tasca kit, I know the features of the kit (having a M4A3E2), I'm looking forward to getting this kit.
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Joined: September 30th, 2003, 4:41 pm

November 28th, 2011, 7:36 pm #4

...http://tasca-modellismo.com/seihin/m4a2 ... n3mid.html ...

Do-able? It would seem easy to my eye and since the DML Tarawa kits seem in shorter supply than usual, seeing Tasca offering an M4A2 is great news.


Frank
Was the exhaust deflector type shroud typical on the tanks in combat or where they removed for some reason? I have pictures of the tank at Aberdeen and the deflector (if that is what it is called) is not fitted. Thanks, George

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Joined: December 7th, 2003, 8:11 pm

November 28th, 2011, 8:04 pm #5

...http://tasca-modellismo.com/seihin/m4a2 ... n3mid.html ...

Do-able? It would seem easy to my eye and since the DML Tarawa kits seem in shorter supply than usual, seeing Tasca offering an M4A2 is great news.


Frank
The USMC M4A2's had the welded driver's hoods, like these:
http://the.shadock.free.fr/Tanks_in_Fra ... index.html
http://the.shadock.free.fr/Tanks_in_Fra ... index.html


best regards,


Marc Brandes

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Joined: January 31st, 2007, 5:14 pm

November 28th, 2011, 8:09 pm #6

Was the exhaust deflector type shroud typical on the tanks in combat or where they removed for some reason? I have pictures of the tank at Aberdeen and the deflector (if that is what it is called) is not fitted. Thanks, George
George -
I think I'm with you that the deflectors weren't fitted on M4A2s (AFAIK) like they were on the M4A3 - different exhausts. I'm probably going to plan an Iwo Jima M4A2 to boot; and with TWS's wading kit, the point is moot anyway.
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Joined: January 31st, 2007, 5:14 pm

November 28th, 2011, 8:25 pm #7

The USMC M4A2's had the welded driver's hoods, like these:
http://the.shadock.free.fr/Tanks_in_Fra ... index.html
http://the.shadock.free.fr/Tanks_in_Fra ... index.html


best regards,


Marc Brandes

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...the dreaded "structural" issue I alluded to earlier. Too bad Tasca couldn't issue a USMC version first.
Thanks for the heads-up on this. With that much surgery (I'm not THAT good), it'll be 'wait and see'.
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Joined: September 30th, 2003, 4:41 pm

November 28th, 2011, 9:22 pm #8

Was the exhaust deflector type shroud typical on the tanks in combat or where they removed for some reason? I have pictures of the tank at Aberdeen and the deflector (if that is what it is called) is not fitted. Thanks, George


So I am to consider this as typical.
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Joined: October 13th, 2005, 2:26 pm

November 29th, 2011, 12:34 am #9

...http://tasca-modellismo.com/seihin/m4a2 ... n3mid.html ...

Do-able? It would seem easy to my eye and since the DML Tarawa kits seem in shorter supply than usual, seeing Tasca offering an M4A2 is great news.


Frank
Nope.... USMC M4A2s had welded drivers hoods Cheers Mark
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Joined: January 29th, 2006, 7:01 pm

November 29th, 2011, 12:44 am #10



So I am to consider this as typical.
There were two sheet metal and one armored steel designs.

KL



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