Soviet M4A2 (75) Sherman

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Postby Kaczor » Sun Apr 18, 2021 6:36 pm

Hello. I'm starting conversion of HL Sherman to M4A2 (75) version used by Soviets via Lend Lease program. My "Emcha" will be from 114th Tank Regiment, 7th Guards Calvary Corps, Poland, summer 1944.
Changes will include Mato 75mm "low bustle" turret, new engine deck and exhaust system specific to diesel version. Nothing fancy in case of detailing, I just wanted Russian Sherman in my collection ;)
It will more or less look like that plus some stowage and tank riders.
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I started with additional armour. Despite beeing "large hatch", those were still "dry" versions with additional plates added in factory. My welding skills are not the best...
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Meanwhile i deleted pistol port and loader's hatch as they were not present in this particular tank.
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Periscope guards are from Schumo Kits.
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Postby Jimster » Sun Apr 18, 2021 7:58 pm

Looking great so far. Nice having a new build thread to follow and a tank that I’m unfamiliar with. Should be a learning experience.
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Postby Herr Dr. Professor » Mon Apr 19, 2021 12:47 am

Kaczor: I have a sizeable collection of books on the Sherman, and I never realized there was a turret with no loader's hatch. I have to look that up again! You can see that your build is worth showing. I have learned something already!
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Postby Kaczor » Mon Apr 19, 2021 5:06 am

Webpage Sherman Minutia have more information than dozen books ;)
http://the.shadock.free.fr/sherman_minutia/index.html

Early Shermans did not have a loader's hatch until the end of 1943.
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Postby EAO » Mon Apr 19, 2021 3:41 pm

Kaczor,

Once again I'm amazed at all the Sherman variants! :crazy: This will be a refreshing and interesting build! Very cool! :thumbup:

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Postby Kaczor » Mon Apr 19, 2021 6:14 pm

This video summarizes all versions of M4:
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Postby Herr Dr. Professor » Mon Apr 19, 2021 9:02 pm

Thanks for the tips and links. Yes, I have had the Sherman Minutiae bookmarked for some time, but that video is new to me. I will try to view it later today. I read the comprehensive Son of Sherman cover-to-cover when it first was released. But my memory for detail is shaky at best.
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Postby EAO » Tue Apr 20, 2021 3:51 pm

Kaczor,

Thanks for the video! :thumbup: Now I need to slow it down to look at it frame by frame. Some very strange, mutant Sherman's on there! :wtf: :crazy: :clap:

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Postby Kaczor » Fri Apr 23, 2021 7:43 pm

Working on engine deck. Hinges need to be modified because now fuel caps wouldn't fit. Bolt heads are little too big but set of smaller size from Aber is too expensive.
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Postby Tubby » Mon May 03, 2021 9:36 am

Great work so far and certainly unique!

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Postby Raminator » Thu May 06, 2021 1:08 pm

Neat job on the conversion Kaczor, nice to see an Emcha instead of an M4 for once!
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Postby Kaczor » Mon Oct 04, 2021 6:52 pm

Last weekend Sherman was taken from "pile of shame". Little progress - 3D printed travel lock.
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Postby Kaczor » Fri Oct 08, 2021 6:50 pm

Engine deck details and tools are done. I'm not happy with weld seams. On the next tank will be better :D
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Postby 43rdRecceReg » Fri Oct 08, 2021 8:31 pm

I think you're underrating the model- it's going to look great, if you can overcome the lull the project has slipped into :thumbup:
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Postby Raminator » Tue Oct 12, 2021 10:43 am

Kaczor wrote:I'm not happy with weld seams. On the next tank will be better :D

They're a tricky detail to get right, I've yet to do a weld seam I'm happy with. Yours are looking good though, way better than any of mine!
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Postby 43rdRecceReg » Wed Oct 13, 2021 11:26 am

Kaczor wrote:Engine deck details and tools are done. I'm not happy with weld seams. On the next tank will be better :D


I used a rolled bead of Milliput to make mine, as it helps to create the slightly raised ridge line that welds often create; and- given that it takes quite a while to set- it also allows for improvements by the dissatisfied modeller. :thumbup:
https://www.milliput.com/products.html I used the super-fine white type.
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Postby Kaczor » Thu Oct 14, 2021 6:29 pm

Test fitting of the tank. Upper hull is ready for painting details. Next point will be detailing rear plate with exhaust.
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Postby Rob1970 » Fri Oct 15, 2021 9:57 pm

EAO wrote:Thanks for the video! :thumbup: Now I need to slow it down to look at it frame by frame. Some very strange, mutant Sherman's on there! :wtf: :crazy: :clap:


I did -some- study of the various Sherman variants as I was working on my Firefly IC and completing my M4A3 105mm. I am in NO way a Sherman expert as some people on the forum, but I get one distinct notion from seeing what I've found sofar...

Basically someone in -an- army -somewhere- would go; "Hey, we've got X, and it needs to move into battle, through rough terrain. Preferably on something that is -somewhat- bullitproof..." and the answer would be; "Weeeelll... we've got a Sherman we could bolt/weld/duct-tape it to..?"

;D ;D ;D
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Postby HERMAN BIX » Sat Oct 16, 2021 8:08 am

When looking to build my collection of Soviet AFV's, this version would probably not feature !!
But, as is an inescapable fact, the much maligned Sherman did so much for all nations that used them.
Your version Mr Kaczor is shaping up to be a fantastic version of the Lend-Lease scheme that helped the greater good so much.

I wonder what the Russian crews though of these when compared to their own T-series machines?
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Postby Kaczor » Sat Oct 16, 2021 8:24 am

HERMAN BIX wrote:I wonder what the Russian crews though of these when compared to their own T-series machines?

They liked it! Here is great article on The Sherman Tank Site:
http://www.theshermantank.com/lee-and-g ... e-sherman/
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