Sherman Firefly Turrets...........

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Postby Chris Preston » Thu Dec 06, 2018 12:02 am

'Afternoon All,

For a Sherman Firefly turret, were "low-bustle" or high bustle turrets used in the conversion? I'm aware of the modified M34A1 gun mount to accommodate the 17 Pdr Gun, and the Armoured Box fitted to the turret rear for the No 19 set.

Any advice?

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Postby Tiger6 » Thu Dec 06, 2018 12:09 am

Depends on which base sherman you want to use? Composite hulled Firefly 1c's could have had a high bustle turret to be able to clear the larger drivers hatches, the Vc would have only had low bustle turrets due to the M4A4 exiting production before the high bustle turret was introduced.

Edit: I take that last bit back - did a bit more digging:
"One of the reasons for the introduction of the high bustle D78461 turret, is that the low bustle was stated to have caused some interference issues when mounted on large hatch Shermans. However, the majority of large hatch Composites were produced with low bustle turrets, and we have found no historical records that reported this as a problem."

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Postby 43rdRecceReg » Thu Dec 06, 2018 1:32 am

This is one of the websites the more addicted Shermanophiles use, as it's rich in detail, and pics.
http://the.shadock.free.fr/sherman_minutia/index.html
This page is a good starting point... :thumbup:
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Postby Chris Preston » Thu Dec 06, 2018 11:44 pm

Many Thanks for your replies.

Would any one have contact information for Nick Aguilar? His M4 hull and turret set look fantastic.

Cheers,

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Postby 43rdRecceReg » Fri Dec 07, 2018 12:20 am

Nick seems to have become as elusive as Bigfoot. I found a reference here to the DAK group he subscribed to once, and his membership of rcuniverse:
http://www.rcuniverse.com/forum/rc-tank ... lable.html
he gave his email address then as:
ndaguilar@grandecom.net.
However, this was back in 2011. Changes happen fast in this digital world, though.... :problem:
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Postby BarryC » Fri Dec 07, 2018 12:22 am

Chris Preston wrote:Many Thanks for your replies.

Would any one have contact information for Nick Aguilar? His M4 hull and turret set look fantastic.

Cheers,

Chris - in Victoria, BC


Chris,

This is his email and how I communicated with him.

Barry :thumbup:
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Postby Tiger6 » Fri Dec 07, 2018 12:32 am

Could you guys PM his personal email, rather than post it publically.

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Postby 43rdRecceReg » Fri Dec 07, 2018 1:13 am

Tiger6 wrote:Could you guys PM his personal email, rather than post it publically.

Both of these email addresses are posted publicly on the rcuniverse.com website.
Here, in fact:
http://www.rcuniverse.com/forum/rc-tank ... ?styleid=7

However, I appreciate keeping a rein on public exposure to every aspect of one's existence.. :problem:
The trouble is, all the Multinationals, Banks, Social Media sites, and even Governments either trade our data, or have it hacked from them.. :thumbdown:
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Postby sassgrunt » Fri Dec 07, 2018 1:45 am

Just for latest info, I emailed Nick this week to ask about buying one of his early M4 turrets with the narrow 75mm mantlet, (for an M4A4 build). He still makes it, and our business took only about two days to conclude. He is both friendly and fast, so don't hesitate to ask if he still produces something that you can't find elsewhere.

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Postby Chris Preston » Fri Dec 07, 2018 2:24 am

Many Thanks Everyone.

E-mail to Nick has been sent. Cheers,

Chris

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Postby BarryC » Fri Dec 07, 2018 2:39 am

Tiger6 wrote:Could you guys PM his personal email, rather than post it publically.


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Postby Son of a gun-ner » Fri Dec 07, 2018 3:27 am

43rdRecceReg wrote:The trouble is, all the Multinationals, Banks, Social Media sites, and even Governments either trade our data, or have it hacked from them.. :thumbdown:

I know someone that had a spam and cold call free mobile phone number for nearly two years, never gave that number to anyone apart from family and close friends. Then, they had to give it to a hospital when they got cancer. Guess what, wasn't spam and cold call free anymore. Makes me sick that even a hospital would stoop that low and make money off of very sick patients privacy.
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Postby 43rdRecceReg » Fri Dec 07, 2018 5:05 pm

sassgrunt wrote:Just for latest info, I emailed Nick this week to ask about buying one of his early M4 turrets with the narrow 75mm mantlet, (for an M4A4 build). He still makes it, and our business took only about two days to conclude. He is both friendly and fast, so don't hesitate to ask if he still produces something that you can't find elsewhere.


Needless to say, Mike, I shall look forward to seeing how you make use of that, and how the project evolves! Many more here will, as well, no doubt :thumbup:
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Postby Tiger6 » Fri Dec 07, 2018 6:46 pm

43rdRecceReg wrote:
Tiger6 wrote:Could you guys PM his personal email, rather than post it publically.

Both of these email addresses are posted publicly on the rcuniverse.com website.
Here, in fact:
http://www.rcuniverse.com/forum/rc-tank ... ?styleid=7

However, I appreciate keeping a rein on public exposure to every aspect of one's existence.. :problem:
The trouble is, all the Multinationals, Banks, Social Media sites, and even Governments either trade our data, or have it hacked from them.. :thumbdown:


The latest data protection act is supposed to stop all of that (yeah ok, I did say supposed) - as an example if this forum was hosted in the EU, the owner and/or mods could potentially face prosecution for allowing you guys to post his email publically...

Also to add - I have never seen Nick post it himself, it has always been other people doing it.

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Postby 43rdRecceReg » Fri Dec 07, 2018 11:48 pm

Tiger6 wrote:
43rdRecceReg wrote:
Tiger6 wrote:Could you guys PM his personal email, rather than post it publically.

Both of these email addresses are posted publicly on the rcuniverse.com website.
Here, in fact:
http://www.rcuniverse.com/forum/rc-tank ... ?styleid=7

However, I appreciate keeping a rein on public exposure to every aspect of one's existence.. :problem:
The trouble is, all the Multinationals, Banks, Social Media sites, and even Governments either trade our data, or have it hacked from them.. :thumbdown:


The latest data protection act is supposed to stop all of that (yeah ok, I did say supposed) - as an example if this forum was hosted in the EU, the owner and/or mods could potentially face prosecution for allowing you guys to post his email publically...

Also to add - I have never seen Nick post it himself, it has always been other people doing it.


Au Contraire, :) if you look at the first link to RCU, you'll see that it is Nick himself, responding to a query and providing his email address. Publicly, that is. :| That said, it's always handy to have a timely reminder of the issue of privacy on a publicly available forum, as well as having the benefit of someone au fait with European Law. :thumbup: Then again, this country is supposed to be leaving the EU and it's appalling deluge of bureacracy. And I should know, as I was once a representative of a London Local authority liaising with (London) based European Community institutions, and responsible for collating and updating all its baffling legal guff. :haha: (True) But, I digress. Perhaps we could return to the turrets now, eh? :wave:
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Postby Tiger6 » Sat Dec 08, 2018 12:36 am

Alright you got me there - congratulations on proving me wrong by finding a post from a time before we were all nieve and didn't worry about online fraud... I still find it baffling that people think that it is ok to post somebodies personal email in a public place in this current day and age.

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Postby Chris Preston » Sat Dec 08, 2018 7:30 pm

'Morning All,

Many Thanks again, for your replies and help. I've contacted Nick and will be ordering a low-bustle turret shortly. This site is great for advice and encouragement, so Thanks again. So far, the lower hull on my Sherman Firefly - with VVSS (using the Tamiya kit as as my starting point) is almost done, and I've successfully mated the front end of Nick's Cast Hull for an M4A1 Sherman onto the rear of Tamiya's welded hull. It doesn't look too bad either. I just have some final details to finish up, along with some tidying-up of both the upper and lower hulls, and then I'll put the whole lot together for a test run (and post pictures if I can figure out how to do it).

Cheers,

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Postby 43rdRecceReg » Sun Dec 09, 2018 12:53 am

Ah, so you're aiming to make the Hybrid Firefly Ic ?. ..
Update, having checked for some previous builds I was familiar with, I came across a reference to yours in August. I missed that, as I was away from the forum from April until quite recently. :/ :)
Have you seen this superb build from Tom?:
viewtopic.php?f=33&t=22930&p=209470&hilit=Hybrid+firefly#p209470
I think Frankie, our resident Shermanofan, also made a hybrid; but here's one by
88-Bait:
viewtopic.php?f=23&t=22285&p=203339&hilit=Frankie+hybrid+firefly#p203339
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