M4A1 76w HVSS WIP

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M4A1 76w HVSS WIP

Joined: March 31st, 2005, 5:17 pm

June 21st, 2012, 7:28 pm #1

...now there's a designation for you!

Here's my kitbash of Dragon's M4A1 76W (Upper hull, turret) and M4A3 105mm HVSS (Lower hull and suspension) to create a postwar M4A1 76w HVSS.



These Dragon kits are fantastically detailed, though the engineering leaves a lot to be desired. I found the HVSS parts very flimsy, and I'm still not totally happy with the alignment of the bogies.



I scratchbuilt the fenders (the HVSS fenders for cast hull Shermans differ from the welded hull version provided in the M4A3 105mm kit), along with some post-war upgrades (the Infantry telephone box on the rear hull, the late style gun travel lock, etc.), not to mention the six spare track links, each of which comprises 18 separate pieces! Still to go is the constuction of the mantlet dust cover. The funny looking bent spring on the back of the turret will eventually be a tied-down antenna.



Hopefully this will be the first of a number of post-war Shermans in my collection (thanks to Elliott and Wayne for their contributions to the next project, an M4 105mm).

Will
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Joined: December 12th, 2005, 3:45 am

June 21st, 2012, 11:10 pm #2

Hi Will
Your Sherman looks very good. I really like the scratch built parts. How do you plan to finish it?
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Joined: April 5th, 2004, 3:57 am

June 22nd, 2012, 1:25 am #3

...now there's a designation for you!

Here's my kitbash of Dragon's M4A1 76W (Upper hull, turret) and M4A3 105mm HVSS (Lower hull and suspension) to create a postwar M4A1 76w HVSS.



These Dragon kits are fantastically detailed, though the engineering leaves a lot to be desired. I found the HVSS parts very flimsy, and I'm still not totally happy with the alignment of the bogies.



I scratchbuilt the fenders (the HVSS fenders for cast hull Shermans differ from the welded hull version provided in the M4A3 105mm kit), along with some post-war upgrades (the Infantry telephone box on the rear hull, the late style gun travel lock, etc.), not to mention the six spare track links, each of which comprises 18 separate pieces! Still to go is the constuction of the mantlet dust cover. The funny looking bent spring on the back of the turret will eventually be a tied-down antenna.



Hopefully this will be the first of a number of post-war Shermans in my collection (thanks to Elliott and Wayne for their contributions to the next project, an M4 105mm).

Will
Some great detail there.
look forward to seeing the rest
of the collection as they roll out
Cheers elliott
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Joined: June 24th, 2005, 2:43 pm

June 22nd, 2012, 8:33 am #4

...now there's a designation for you!

Here's my kitbash of Dragon's M4A1 76W (Upper hull, turret) and M4A3 105mm HVSS (Lower hull and suspension) to create a postwar M4A1 76w HVSS.



These Dragon kits are fantastically detailed, though the engineering leaves a lot to be desired. I found the HVSS parts very flimsy, and I'm still not totally happy with the alignment of the bogies.



I scratchbuilt the fenders (the HVSS fenders for cast hull Shermans differ from the welded hull version provided in the M4A3 105mm kit), along with some post-war upgrades (the Infantry telephone box on the rear hull, the late style gun travel lock, etc.), not to mention the six spare track links, each of which comprises 18 separate pieces! Still to go is the constuction of the mantlet dust cover. The funny looking bent spring on the back of the turret will eventually be a tied-down antenna.



Hopefully this will be the first of a number of post-war Shermans in my collection (thanks to Elliott and Wayne for their contributions to the next project, an M4 105mm).

Will
Great Sherman. Lots of details. Fantastic build.

Will this be a US Sherman? Or maybe a 6 day war IDF Sherman? Bison just released a decal sheets just for these.

Don't forget to post pictures when it is finished!

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Joined: March 31st, 2005, 5:17 pm

June 22nd, 2012, 7:33 pm #5

Thanks to everyone for your comments.

This will be a French Sherman, probably in fairly prisitine condition. As I understand it, the French Shermans later ended up in Israeli hands, so perhaps it will be a six-day War Sherman, just in an earlier life!

Will
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