Early m4a1

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Postby HERMAN BIX » Mon May 04, 2020 1:48 am

Perhaps to equip a tank that was going to deploy.
Early times had a huge strain on supply of hardware.
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Postby Exhibitedbrute » Mon May 04, 2020 2:11 pm

Yes I did finally manage to find some images of it just after it left Lima locomotive works. Sporting both the early spoke wheels and the short double counter weight 75mm barrel. So as an answer to my question. I will be changing the wheels

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Postby Son of a gun-ner » Mon May 04, 2020 2:17 pm

Although they decided against the driver operated dual Brownings, and did away with them, that Sherman Michael is very much like the first Sherman's delivered and shipped to north Africa with the shorter 75 barrel and counterweight.
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Postby Exhibitedbrute » Mon May 04, 2020 4:18 pm

The photos I’m working from have the longer m3 barrels so that will do for me

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Postby Son of a gun-ner » Mon May 04, 2020 4:20 pm

Well, the earlier longer barrel ones still had spoke wheels :thumbup:
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Postby Exhibitedbrute » Mon May 04, 2020 6:09 pm

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Ok so the build notes/photos for the bogies.

So these are the standard henlong plastic bogies and since my phone has decided to do as it pleases. The photos are at all sorts of angles including upside down

First take them off the tank and then take them apart
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After that you will need to do a little chopping and sanding
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After assembling the top half of the bogie check the fit before glueing. Further sanding maybe required
Ok so top fits.
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that all fits. Next assemble the whole unit still without glue to check the pivot and return of the fake spring when the wheel hits it as the rear spring may catch and require trimming
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after checking the pivots and you are happy with it all.
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Glue it together and add roller there we have it an early bogie. For the pivots a paper clip is recommended I have used pins with a blob of glue on the back and for the rollers 6mm brass tube Will go over the rollers axel to give you the bushes

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Postby Exhibitedbrute » Mon May 04, 2020 6:59 pm

I forgot to mention the roller itself will also need a trim front and back and possibly the top of the bogie beneath where the roller sits

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Postby Estnische » Mon May 04, 2020 9:03 pm

When you say 'fake' spring, do you mean it is a separate part that slides up and down in the spring mount?
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Postby Exhibitedbrute » Mon May 04, 2020 10:00 pm

No I mean the whole thing uses the existing Heng long spring so the parts where the spring would be on the real think do nothing more than pivot if the wheel hits it. It does look possible to have a working system but it’s more work and hassle than I can be bothered with

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Postby Estnische » Mon May 04, 2020 11:12 pm

Ah, now I see the purpose of the pin.
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Postby Exhibitedbrute » Wed May 06, 2020 5:04 pm

So the suspension is done the engine hatches made and the transmission cover tested for fit
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Postby Estnische » Wed May 06, 2020 8:35 pm

Nice work. What did you use for the rear door hinges? I can't quite make them out.
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Postby Model Builder 4 » Wed May 06, 2020 8:39 pm

Nice work Eb, it's coming along a treat mate, the bogie conversion looks great also, I have had the vandra conversion set for a while and some day I'll get around to fitting them to my own desert Sherman :thumbup:

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Postby Exhibitedbrute » Thu May 07, 2020 10:04 am

Estnische wrote:Nice work. What did you use for the rear door hinges? I can't quite make them out.


Honestly I couldn’t be bothered to try and build the proper ones so I stood some brass dolls house hinges and pins on it

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Postby Exhibitedbrute » Thu May 07, 2020 10:06 am

Model Builder 4 wrote:Nice work Eb, it's coming along a treat mate, the bogie conversion looks great also, I have had the vandra conversion set for a while and some day I'll get around to fitting them to my own desert Sherman :thumbup:

Cheers, Lee.

Thank you waiting for parts now

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Postby Estnische » Thu May 07, 2020 10:29 am

Exhibitedbrute wrote:Honestly I couldn’t be bothered to try and build the proper ones so I stood some brass dolls house hinges and pins on it


I was the same. I re-purposed some PzIII driver hatch hinge mouldings. Not kosher, but they look like a matched set.
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Postby Exhibitedbrute » Thu May 07, 2020 2:02 pm

These aren’t accurate but they would pass and look quite good as a botched field repair

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Postby Exhibitedbrute » Thu May 07, 2020 2:03 pm

Problem is now I’m waiting for parts I’m forced to start the mantlet I have kept putting off

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Postby Exhibitedbrute » Fri May 08, 2020 2:26 pm

Well. The mantlet construction has begun but there’s not really much to look at as it a small square Tupperware tip full of car filler at the moment. Reason I have opted to do a solid square mould is in my mind shaping a square will be easier than a complete build. I dare say I will find out soon enough

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Postby Exhibitedbrute » Fri May 08, 2020 8:11 pm

After a day of moulding and shaping this is the story of the mantlet so far
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