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M551A1 Sheridan Kit Bash & Scratch Build
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Posted: Friday, October 05, 2012 - 09:45 AM UTC
The Sheridan's one of my favorite Cold War AFVs and you've done a fantastic job of reproducing one. Thanks to this excellent build thread, I have yet another project on my mental 'to do' list. I only hope my own attempt will be half so successful as yours is Dave.
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Posted: Friday, October 05, 2012 - 01:39 PM UTC
No accuracy problems I can see Dave. Our Sheridans didn't have the basket bustle. Ours had just the one bar on the back of the turret with a net. We also kept a 155 ammo tube strapped on the left side. You have done a great job with a difficult kit. You have the thanks from an old Trooper that was forward of the forward units. javascript:PasteSmiley('[:::]')
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Posted: Friday, October 05, 2012 - 01:53 PM UTC

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We also kept a 155 ammo tube strapped on the left side.



What was the purpose of this? Is it something I need to add, or just a unit specific add-on?
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Posted: Tuesday, October 09, 2012 - 05:36 AM UTC
Well, this build is coming to a close. I have finished with the initial weathering, and will now set the model aside and start painting the figures. I will at some point place the Sheridan on a base, but that will be in the future.





A little about the weathering process for those that are interested.

I started with an overall lite black wash followed by a wash using AK Interactive's "Filter for NATO Tanks." Following this, I did a very lite drybrush with Model Master Acryl Olive Drab #4728. Once all of this had dried, I mixed MIG Pigments Light Dust, Euro Dust and Concrete and applied this over the vehicle and then set it with MIG "Thinner for Washes." Once this dried, I did a little touch-up and mixed some of the remaining pigment mix with Liquuitex "Resin Sand Texture Gel." This was applied to lower areas of the vehicle and followed by some added mix of Light Dust and Concrete pigment mixture.

The area around the gas filler caps was treated with AK Interactive's "Fuel Stains" and a little pigment mix. Road wheels and shock absorbers were done with AK Interactive's "Oil and Grease Stain" and pigments.

Highlights on the vehicle were done with a soft silver Artist's pencil from the local art supply store.

I think it is important to sit the model aside now for a few days and then look at it again to see if there is anything I want to change. If not, I will add a final flat coat to seal everything.

Some additional pictures of the weathered vehicle.















A big thank you to all who have followed, commented, and offered pointers.

As always, questions and comments are welcome.

Dave
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Posted: Tuesday, October 09, 2012 - 02:11 PM UTC
It looks great, I just remembered our 551s had a piece of plywood over the fording window. I doubt the M551s in my unit ever went swimming. I did swim a 551 in Fort Knox though. Question why the PRC77 on the TC cupola?

Tom
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Posted: Tuesday, October 09, 2012 - 03:05 PM UTC

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Tell us more about your choice of paint and the colors that you used. It looks spot on.

G



I used Model Master Acryl colors that matched the corresponding FS colors for the MERDC paint scheme.

MM Dark Green #4726 - FS#34079
MM Olive Drab #4728 - FS#34087
MM Armor Sand #4711 - FS#32077
MM Flat Black #4788 - FS#37038

I first spray painted the entire model Dark Green, then sprayed on the Olive Drab, and then the Flat Black. I hand painted the Armor Sand since there was so little of it. I also touched up some of the other colors by hand where it was needed.

The pattern is the standard Winter, US & Europe, verdant. This can be found in David Doyle's M551 Sheridan in Action.

I hope this helps. If not, let me know what else you need to know.

Dave



Perfect!

That's what I needed to know, thank you.

G
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Posted: Wednesday, October 10, 2012 - 12:46 AM UTC

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Question why the PRC77 on the TC cupola?



Tom,

As I stated earlier in the thread, I am modeling a Sheridan I saw at Ft. Bragg back in the early 1970s. They were using the PRC77 to communicate with ROTC students they were supporting in the maneuver exercise. Not sure why they were not using the internal radios, but maybe with Range Control etc., they needed an extra radio.

Wayne,

Glad I could help.
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Posted: Wednesday, October 10, 2012 - 04:24 AM UTC
Gotcha, they probably need to talk on 2 freqs with out having to wait to change the main radio push. The only time we ever had them was during gunnery so the tower could monitor and grade fire commands.You really had to watch the crew cross talk then.

Awesome build though, lets fuel her up and go for a ride. but you can notice the Academy hull road wheel alignment being off. I guess they never heard of measure twice cut once.

Tom
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Posted: Wednesday, October 10, 2012 - 05:27 AM UTC

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MM Olive Drab #4728 - FS#34087



Wayne,

Just noticed I listed the wrong color. It should be
MM Field Drab #4708 - FS#30118

Sorry, the other color is what I used for the various equipment add-ons.

Dave
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Posted: Wednesday, October 10, 2012 - 05:33 AM UTC

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you can notice the Academy hull road wheel alignment being off. I guess they never heard of measure twice cut once.



Yeah, that is a major flaw with the kit. But not worth my time to try and correct it.

I would love to take a ride in one. I keep going to shows hoping a Sheridan will be there and maybe...just maybe

Dave
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Posted: Wednesday, October 10, 2012 - 10:44 AM UTC
Sorry to be so long getting back to you about the 152mm tube. I was for storage and it was strapped to the two metal pieces attached to the TC side of the turret. Great job bringing the Sheridan to life.
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Posted: Wednesday, October 10, 2012 - 10:55 AM UTC

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MM Olive Drab #4728 - FS#34087



Wayne,

Just noticed I listed the wrong color. It should be
MM Field Drab #4708 - FS#30118

Sorry, the other color is what I used for the various equipment add-ons.

Dave



Got it!

G
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Posted: Friday, November 30, 2012 - 05:04 AM UTC
I know it has been awhile, but thought some of you might like to see the finished diorama for this project.













Your questions and comments are always welcome.

Now to decide what my next project should be.

Dave
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Posted: Friday, November 30, 2012 - 12:55 PM UTC
Dave you did a great job on evrything,very nice work.
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Posted: Saturday, December 01, 2012 - 12:03 AM UTC
Thanks Roy, I appreciate your comment. It was a fun project.

Dave
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Posted: Saturday, December 01, 2012 - 02:50 AM UTC
Dave:
Wow!!! Nice Dio. It really came out swell. Looks like the terrain at NTC. You really tied it all together. Great job.
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Posted: Saturday, December 01, 2012 - 07:15 AM UTC

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Looks like the terrain at NTC.



Thanks Todd. It was meant to depict the terrain around Fort Bragg, but it does look a little like parts of the NTC.

Dave
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Posted: Saturday, December 01, 2012 - 07:34 AM UTC

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Looks like the terrain at NTC.



Thanks Todd. It was meant to depict the terrain around Fort Bragg, but it does look a little like parts of the NTC.

Dave



Dave;
Ah yes, I have to agree on that. It does match the terrain better at Bragg. I was stationed there for 15 mnths, and spent many a day on the Ranges & Bivuac sites. The verdent dio pieces you used are more representative of that area, than NTC. Its more rocky and Sandy there.
Any how. Great job,, it really looks good, and the setting is perfect. KUDOS
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Posted: Thursday, December 20, 2012 - 01:31 PM UTC
Wow I loved watching this come together. Nice setting, looks natural which is what we all strive for.
Have a good one. Warren
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Posted: Thursday, December 20, 2012 - 02:07 PM UTC
Thanks Warren I had fun building it...most days

Stay warm up there in Alaska.

Dave
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Posted: Friday, February 21, 2020 - 01:36 PM UTC
I'm looking at your post almost 8 years after you posted and your Sheridan looks great. Especially with the Academy kit which I personally like. It may be a little out of scale but when it was released, it was all we had as the 1st Tamiya Sheridan was out of production and it too was out of scale. The new Tamiya Sheridan is so much better. I do want to make a comment based on your time period of the kit since I was assigned to the 82d Abn during the '70s. The armor battalion was the 4/68th Armor and not 3/73 during the '70s. We did not change until around 1984 when the 4/68 became the 3/73d. The bustle rack was the single bar rack that had a net that held equipment and laced into the rack and attachments on the rear of the turret and the color for the majority of the tanks were OD and not the MERDC camo until after 1975. Sometime around then is when the M551A1 with the LRF was fielded. Just some useless info. One final comment. The old CVCs began to be replaced to the style similar to the current one being used today around 1973.
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Posted: Saturday, February 22, 2020 - 06:11 AM UTC

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I'm looking at your post almost 8 years after you posted and your Sheridan looks great. Especially with the Academy kit which I personally like. It may be a little out of scale but when it was released, it was all we had as the 1st Tamiya Sheridan was out of production and it too was out of scale. The new Tamiya Sheridan is so much better. I do want to make a comment based on your time period of the kit since I was assigned to the 82d Abn during the '70s. The armor battalion was the 4/68th Armor and not 3/73 during the '70s. We did not change until around 1984 when the 4/68 became the 3/73d. The bustle rack was the single bar rack that had a net that held equipment and laced into the rack and attachments on the rear of the turret and the color for the majority of the tanks were OD and not the MERDC camo until after 1975. Sometime around then is when the M551A1 with the LRF was fielded. Just some useless info. One final comment. The old CVCs began to be replaced to the style similar to the current one being used today around 1973.



Just a side note— virtually every Sheridan started life as an M551, but many were upgraded to the M551A1 with the LRF, and later, several were upgraded to the TTS version. Since this 2012 article was published, RFM has released an 82ABN specific M551A/M551A1 TTS version that has even more detail than the new Tamiya M551 kit. With simple modification to the cargo rack, it can be backdated to the ones you were on. Here’s a review I did for Armorama:

https://www.armorama.com/modules.php?op=modload&name=Reviews&file=index&req=showcontent&id=14832

VR, Russ