I thought I'd share some images my original Sherman Ic Firefly Hybrid Hull (dragon), which has gone together better than I expected, so I've been adding tweeks to improve the accuracy and looks
Reading the reviews/builds/threads online and looking at walk arounds the turret needed a fair amount of work to make it presentable
I was aiming for a low bustle turret with cast in cheek armour, and no pistol port. This required adding the cheek armour, reshaping the curve of the turret base round the back under the bustle, reshaping the contour round the commanders cuppola. I also filled the pistol port hole and emphasised the welds round the turret base with milliput (A lot of this was based on stuff on Mike Canadays site)
I should also have reduced the depth of the bustle, but had added the turret radio box before I knew that too was wrong so left it alone)
The length of the 17lb barrel was also reduced by about 1cm to conform to the online plans.
So far so good.
Next I replaced the outer hatch hinge blob with a proper handle (I need to do the inner one too, but haven't found a good picture yet)
I added a fake muzzle break (designed to trick the Germans into thinking it was a standard 75/76mm model), and some welded on track armour as seen on some Canadian Shermans.
A couple more pictures
I added some stowage (Value Gear Detail) to the top of the turret basket.
Moving on to the hull I sanded down/filled the over exagerated cast texture detail, added milliput welds into the 'trenches' provided by Dragon.
The kit pioneer tools were used, but the attachment points were refined (eg on the crowbar/shovel), and straps/tiedowns added. A hole for the started was also drilled into the rear hull. A second travel lock was added to the rear hull from the Sherman spares box which also provided some 'off round' tow handles with work well with the added 'steps' added to the front hull.
I've added drainage holes to the hull now (not in pictures) and again replaced the hatch handle blobs with spares. I also threw on some more stowage, and a spare wheel (the hull front stowagwe will be roped on after painting).