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Armor and ground forces of the Allied forces during World War II.
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Building the RFM Sherman
OldWarloke
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Posted: Thursday, July 04, 2019 - 07:34 AM UTC
Hi Guys I wasn't going to do this anymore, but I'm Back



The instructions have you start with the Turret, but I prefer to start with the Hull.
It's made up of separate flat molded pieces Verry detailed.
Make shure it's all squared or you'll have trouble.


They have this photo etch part on the Tow Hook I've never seen this on a sherman before, is it correct?
OldWarloke
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Posted: Thursday, July 04, 2019 - 07:42 AM UTC
There's a lot of nice weld detail.




Finished for now.
Donald


Ps. The Tracks are a lot like Broncos but without the glue.
TopSmith
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Posted: Thursday, July 04, 2019 - 07:56 AM UTC
I have the Tamiya kit but I am interested in the RFM kit as a replacement if it is noticeably better. looking forward to your build.
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Posted: Thursday, July 04, 2019 - 10:08 AM UTC
This might help you-
http://the.shadock.free.fr/sherman_minutia/manufacturer/m4a376w/m4a3_76w.html
Dan
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ARMORAMA
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Posted: Thursday, July 04, 2019 - 10:15 AM UTC
Always good to see detailed photos of a new model, thanks
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Posted: Thursday, July 04, 2019 - 10:52 AM UTC


It is shown on page 2. Usually just one, on the left side of the base. I checked my books and nothing about what it is for.
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Posted: Thursday, July 04, 2019 - 11:47 AM UTC

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I have the Tamiya kit but I am interested in the RFM kit as a replacement if it is noticeably better. looking forward to your build.



RFM's kit will be a lot more complex than Tamiya, so not that much of a point doing a direct comparison.
KurtLaughlin
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Posted: Thursday, July 04, 2019 - 02:43 PM UTC

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It is shown on page 2. Usually just one, on the left side of the base. I checked my books and nothing about what it is for.



I believe it allows the pintle to be held with the jaws horizontal, for better ground clearance.

KL
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Posted: Thursday, July 04, 2019 - 03:41 PM UTC
Great, now I’ll have to pick one of these up
m4sherman
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Posted: Thursday, July 04, 2019 - 09:51 PM UTC

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It is shown on page 2. Usually just one, on the left side of the base. I checked my books and nothing about what it is for.



I believe it allows the pintle to be held with the jaws horizontal, for better ground clearance.

KL


That makes sense. Page 191 of Son of Sherman has the best view of the bracket. If the bracket was spring loaded, it could be turned out and the pin run through the hole in the pintle handle, securing it horizontal. Page 220 has a rear view of an HVSS tank that probably shows the pintle secured this way, but it is a little fuzzy.
m4sherman
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Posted: Thursday, July 04, 2019 - 09:53 PM UTC

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Great, now I’ll have to pick one of these up


Caught by the old Jedi mind trick? It is a nice looking model.
M4A1Sherman
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Posted: Friday, July 05, 2019 - 12:26 AM UTC
One more for my collection!
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Posted: Friday, July 05, 2019 - 01:18 AM UTC
No Sherman expert here but for reasons long forgotten I had researched this long ago .
To the best of my findings [ Kurt's right ] that latch/keeper/lever was used to lock the removable hook on the welded on bracket and also allowed the hook to not free spin and be be positioned at any angle on the clock .



OldWarloke
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Posted: Friday, July 05, 2019 - 07:21 AM UTC
Hey that's an even better Pic. that I got from the Son of Sherman Book.



OldWarloke
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Posted: Friday, July 05, 2019 - 07:27 AM UTC
The Instructions have the numbers on the end covers of the Drive unit reversed. The parts go as shown with the 3 holes on top.




That's all for now.
Donald
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Posted: Saturday, July 06, 2019 - 08:37 AM UTC
A little more completed today.
Here are the 3 different ones they give you in the kit.

There's a little flash that needs to be cleaned off them.

A fancy one.

According to the Son of Sherman book this one was a little uncommon as the step in it was deleated for cost cutting savings.
OldWarloke
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Posted: Saturday, July 06, 2019 - 08:45 AM UTC
The Plate one was more common.


With the interior detailing could an interior be far off?



That's all for now.
Donald
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Posted: Saturday, July 06, 2019 - 10:20 AM UTC
Yes, looks very good indeed for an interior coming in!
OldWarloke
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Posted: Monday, July 08, 2019 - 11:49 AM UTC
I have a little more assembled.
The seam in the Sprockets will need filling, you can see it.

Here too.


OldWarloke
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Posted: Monday, July 08, 2019 - 11:55 AM UTC
The units don't articulate like the real ones, I'll just glue them in place when finished. These are a lot like the Taska kit units.



I'll install the Wheels after painting.

Finished for now.
Donald
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Posted: Wednesday, July 10, 2019 - 10:03 AM UTC
A little more done.




A little more detailing and I can assemble them.
Donald
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Posted: Wednesday, July 10, 2019 - 11:35 AM UTC
Nice work Donald, thank you for posting your progress!
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Posted: Wednesday, July 10, 2019 - 11:45 AM UTC

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There's a lot of nice weld detail.


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Finished for now.
Donald



G'day Donald

Looking good. Just a small suggestion - drill out the ring at the top of the handle on the tow hook where your arrow is pointing.

Regards

Rob
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Posted: Wednesday, July 10, 2019 - 12:39 PM UTC
Up to your old tricks again Donald. As a long time lurker, I really enjoy the presentations, dialogue, information of your builds! Thanks for all of your past efforts and looking forward to this one as I'm REALLY curious about the latest RFM offering.
KurtLaughlin
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Posted: Wednesday, July 10, 2019 - 04:00 PM UTC

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The Instructions have the numbers on the end covers of the Drive unit reversed. The parts go as shown with the 3 holes on top.



That's because those three bolts also held the fender in place. If you show the tank without the fenders you'll need bolts there, and maybe bent sheet metal.

KL