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Sherman II Direct Vision
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Posted: Saturday, February 08, 2014 - 05:36 AM UTC
Gary Boxall shares with us some pictures of his Tasca Sherman II Direct Vision type build.

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If you have comments or questions please post them here.

Thanks!
panzerbob01
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Posted: Saturday, February 08, 2014 - 06:03 AM UTC
This is VERY COOL! Hat's OFF to Gary!

And I am actually no fan of the "mighty Shermie"

I particularly enjoy the tools - super nice and crisp jobs on those - and that motor-oil can up front. The fuel stains look good, and almost every detail that was pin-washed really stands well.

The overall paint scheme is pretty interesting - I know nothing about what these schemes should look like, but it comes across pretty realistic, far as my limited view goes.

I will offer a couple of minor grumps: One is that those tiny-but-detailed tail-lamps did not get their red lenses. Another is that the 0.5 cal MG up top looks rather dark and even-finished, whereas these guns were typically "parkerized" with phosphate-gray matt finishes on the boxy receiver and on that perforated heat-shield - which finish would get greased and shined-up on high points in use. The barrel itself could be blackened or a gun-metal when new(ish), but gets gray with use, as it gets very very hot. The wood-work on the gun looks A-OK - just, IMHO, the metal needs some work for best appearance, given that the rest of this tank looks used.

All-up, a super job IMO, and THANKS for sharing this!

Bob
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Posted: Saturday, February 08, 2014 - 06:04 AM UTC
very nice!
Tiger_213
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Posted: Saturday, February 08, 2014 - 06:40 AM UTC
Very nice finish. The small 'fade' line (someone knows the correct word, I'm sure) is a really nice touch.
pablo_g
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Posted: Saturday, February 08, 2014 - 06:54 AM UTC
Well done. I really like it.

Paweł
pseudorealityx
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Posted: Saturday, February 08, 2014 - 06:55 AM UTC

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I will offer a couple of minor grumps: One is that those tiny-but-detailed tail-lamps did not get their red lenses.



Only the left side's upper tail light should have a red lens.
SaxonTheShiba
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Posted: Saturday, February 08, 2014 - 07:27 AM UTC
Gary, great job. Your weathering application is excellent. Best wishes-------Ian
gastec
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Posted: Saturday, February 08, 2014 - 08:17 AM UTC
Thank you for the comments gentlemen. Much apereciated.

panzerbob - have taken on board your suggestions regarding the 50 cal. Hopefully the next one I do can incorpoate the colours. I think that I had enough on my plate putting together those individual brass rounds and links at the time lol

As mentioned earlier, no bright red tail lights on these vehicles.

Cheers

Gary
panzerbob01
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Posted: Saturday, February 08, 2014 - 11:55 AM UTC
@Jesse, Gary;

OK, I'll "bite":

From Jesse; only one side would be red-lens... OK - I'm good with one side is missing its red lens while the other is apparently "honestly hull-colored"!

So... What about that other "lamp"? IF one or both lamps did NOT have a visible red lens... is the hull-color "lens" intended to represent that these lens(es) were just painted over with the hull base-color (as it appears here)? Was the "lens" in fact covered by some sort of blanking plate and that lamp not functional?

I'm not trying to bust any chops, here! Just curious as to what the real scene was (or is thought to be). As a sometime show judge, a "tail lamp" with what looks like it should have a lens - presumably a "red lens lamp" - as depicted in the molded part but "just" painted-over in hull color may appear as a "mistake" in a build. The viewer (judge) is unlikely to be privy to detailed knowledge as to what these seemingly mundane tail-lamps actually were or appeared as.

Bob
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Posted: Saturday, February 08, 2014 - 12:05 PM UTC
They should at least be gloss black, refer back to a thread HERE with photos. Great .50 rounds in the ammo belt for the gun!

Jim
gastec
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Posted: Saturday, February 08, 2014 - 12:38 PM UTC
Hi Bob

Dust and dirt has accumulated around tail lights and obscured the lenses. I did colour the black initially but subsequent weathering has changed the look.

Given the fact that these Shermans came straight from the US inventory and had Light Stone painted over the original OD - they could just as easily have been covered with paint too.

Cheers

Gary
DaGreatQueeg
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Posted: Sunday, February 09, 2014 - 12:30 AM UTC
Lovely Sherman Gary - nice to see a model of yours posted over here ........

cheers
Brent
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Posted: Sunday, February 09, 2014 - 01:38 AM UTC
wow, what a gret paintjob! Excellent weathering that just looks "real" to me. Very nice! Got me inspired to try harder to improve my own (quite terrible) skillset
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Posted: Monday, February 10, 2014 - 07:56 AM UTC
Nifty paint job. Very realistic. How did you do the .50 cal ammunition?
Removed by original poster on 02/10/14 - 22:26:11 (GMT).
gastec
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Posted: Monday, February 10, 2014 - 03:15 PM UTC
Thanks again guys.

Bill - with a powerful optivisor

The rounds are pretty small obviously, but the links are the fun part. They are not the easiest of things to assemble, but well worth the effort. I used a minute dab of CA glue to keep the rounds in place and a touch of copper paint to represent the head of each round with black paint for the links.

Gary
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Posted: Tuesday, February 11, 2014 - 09:03 AM UTC
Was it a kit? I see a lot of PE sets around, but the bullets are flat.
gastec
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Posted: Tuesday, February 11, 2014 - 12:04 PM UTC
Hi Bill

Here's the set I used http://www.perthmilitarymodelling.com/reviews/vehicles/voyager/vm_vbs0301.html

Gary
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Posted: Wednesday, February 12, 2014 - 08:19 AM UTC
Love it, I have the DML Alamein Sherman I want to do this scheme on.
bill_c
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Posted: Thursday, February 13, 2014 - 04:35 AM UTC
Thanks, Gary, I ordered two sets from Hobby Easy. Oh, my poor eyesight!!
gastec
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Posted: Thursday, February 13, 2014 - 05:20 AM UTC
Good luck Bill - though I assume no responsibility for your eyesight or any frustration incurred during construction

Gary
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Posted: Friday, February 14, 2014 - 03:06 AM UTC
Gary, my lawyer will call your lawyer, haha!
gastec
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Posted: Friday, February 14, 2014 - 07:07 AM UTC
I'll give mine a head's up to expect a call then Bill
duyichuan
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Posted: Saturday, February 15, 2014 - 07:35 PM UTC
So resonate. I just pick up the 20 years old hobby.