Despite my many protests to work on other projects, I couldn't resist the tanking addiction and bought a Tamiya Sherman kit from evilbay.
My plan with this build is to convert it to a cast hull M4A1, with VVSS working suspension and a 75mm gun and M34A1 mantlet. I plan on adding the switchable MG's and RC controlled lighting I did on my Tiger, in addition to recoil with the 'fast back, slow forward' effect seen on the modified recoil unit in my Tiger. The smoke unit is up for debate, depending on space left after I cut the speaker box down.
I will freely admit I know very little about Allied armour in general, and the Sherman in particular, so it'll be time for many new books, and a lot
I already know there will be some concessions to make. The 2nd Armoured had an interesting camo scheme, but I want mine in plain OD Green, they also used the 3-piece transmission covers on a lot of their Shermans, but I prefer the cast one. As with my Tiger, I will try to make the individual parts as accurate, and functional as I can, but i'm not recreating a specific machine.
Well, some early pictures. Just the basic kit;
A few of the upgrade parts to start with. The Mato hull and suspension (thanks Dave! :thumbup: ), Schumo drive axel supports, Styrene backboard, and Steel inner base plate. The plate should add some weight, and give a more realistic movement;
I also have coming the Schumo gearbox support bars, and hex screw set, and a custom rotor shield from Ethan on RCU. I have a few cunning plans for bits I want to enhance, possibly even trying my hand at some metal & resin casting.
The VVSS will be modified to work prototypically following the various mods that have been shown, and i'll be using Tailend Charlie's bearing mod as well, which should prolong the life of the Mato parts.
The first step is done, priming the metal hull, and I hope to have more for you guys later today!
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