Joined: July 26th, 2018, 5:19 pm

July 27th, 2018, 3:04 pm #11

Tim James wrote: Looking good Tim, looks like you've negotiated all those hurdles very well, promises to be a great build.

It's good to see some else's bench looks like mine ... in fact a lot like mine ....!
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Cheers Tim
Also looks like mine.!.😀
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Joined: April 19th, 2005, 10:44 pm

July 31st, 2018, 11:31 pm #12

Gentlemen and ladies;

A little more progress. The engine deck is finished and will soon be installed. The armored filler caps are from an old Revell Sherman as they closely resemble the caps on the conversion. Weld lines are from Archer. They are the smallest on the sheet. I like them. I made a new turret ring piece from .015 sheet. This gets rid of the unwanted shadow under the turret. I also removed the ventilator from inside the splash rail at the back of the turret. This was done on the real M51 Degem Beth I believe because it interfered with the large aircleaners that were inside the crew compartment. The resulting hole was plated over. 
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Here you see all the modifications in place. Much better I think.
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Here you see the new turret ring , the plated over ventilator hole and the new engine deck.
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Here you see the unwanted shadow and the beginnings of the new engine deck
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This photo shows the engine deck in the wrong place and the ventilator the needs to be removed and the unwanted shadow under the turret.
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Joined: February 27th, 2005, 9:41 am

August 1st, 2018, 2:00 am #13

Looking really good Tim, some very nice work going on.
Cheers,
Mark
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Joined: April 19th, 2005, 10:44 pm

August 16th, 2018, 9:53 pm #14

Well after a couple of weeks of life getting in the way. I finally got back to work on this little beast. I got the running gear painted ,weathered and mounted. Then I painted and assembled the tracks and wrestled them onto the model. As far as kit tracks go they are not too bad. I will make some adjustments to the chassis on the next one. Here are a few photos. It is starting to look like something other than a pile of parts. I hope you enjoy. Tim
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Joined: February 27th, 2005, 9:41 am

August 16th, 2018, 10:41 pm #15

Looking really good Tim, a lot of work, but well worth the effort.
Cheers,
Mark
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Joined: April 19th, 2005, 10:44 pm

September 16th, 2018, 4:21 pm #16

Managed to get just a little more work done. I removed the APU lump from the fender and scratchbuild a new muffler, exhaust pipes, flange and cover. I also made new fender braces from styrene. I call these my Mk. I version. I made enough stock to make braces for this model. My plan worked so I will refine it for future models. I also made a couple of more mods to the turret. The barrel sleeve was to short so I extended it by .080 and I added the plate to the top between the hatches that covers the hole that was cut into the top so that the gun could fully depress. I also installed a plate for the .50 mount. Hope you enjoy
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Joined: January 16th, 2006, 2:54 am

September 17th, 2018, 7:30 am #17

Coming along very nicely Tim, some real nice work being done on this one.
I like the eye level pics, they show the imposing image of this tank well.
Cheers Tim
Tim James
aka TJ
Styrene Manipulator.
Lover of heavy metal armour and shiny fast muscle cars.
"Slow progress is better than no progress"
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Joined: April 19th, 2005, 10:44 pm

September 17th, 2018, 1:28 pm #18

Thanks Tim. Glad you like the photos. I have shot all the photos in this posting with my I Pad Pro. This thing has a better camera than my little Nikon.
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Joined: May 3rd, 2005, 12:24 am

September 18th, 2018, 3:00 am #19

Beautiful work here Tim. I especially like the scratch built fender support brackets, and the your turret upgrades are spiffy as well. The pics shot from a low position looking up at this beast, make it look all the more formidable. Nicely done.

Cheers,
Peter
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Joined: May 28th, 2015, 7:57 pm

September 18th, 2018, 8:46 am #20

Like like like !!

Someday I will also do this type of Sherman
http://scale72world.blogspot.fr/
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