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Armor and ground forces of the Allied forces during World War II.
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Building the Meng Sherman
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Posted: Sunday, November 10, 2019 - 07:03 AM UTC
This was a really long build.
The only thing that I really didn't like about the kit is the Track, I've had less trouble with the Bronco Tracks.
I'd like to hear any of your thoughts on this build, any thing you think i could have done differently?

Regards.
Donald
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Posted: Sunday, November 10, 2019 - 06:53 AM UTC




Here's a link to all the pics. hope it works.
https://1drv.ms/u/s!ArouE_A-TfGGgagZXbUbj5rQmeQwQQ?e=5lWRM8
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Posted: Sunday, November 10, 2019 - 06:49 AM UTC



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Posted: Sunday, November 10, 2019 - 06:44 AM UTC
Well It's finished finally, here are the Pics. of the finished Model.




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Posted: Saturday, November 09, 2019 - 08:18 AM UTC
The kit pioneer tools.




Finished for now.
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Posted: Saturday, November 09, 2019 - 08:12 AM UTC
The Commanders Cupola

I painted the clear parts with a mix of Tamiya clear blue & clear green.

There's a nice ammo box for the turret top Mg.

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Posted: Saturday, November 09, 2019 - 08:08 AM UTC
The Tow Cable is from the spare parts box, the one in the kit is way too heavy. You will need to enlarge the opening in the end parts to fit what ever Cable you use.
I used a total length of 169mm you could make it longer if you wish, but to get it to fit from the rear point to the front clip you need at least 169mm.



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Posted: Thursday, November 07, 2019 - 01:32 AM UTC
A little more done.



Now the install of all the small parts then the Detailing and slight weathering.
Finished for a while.
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Posted: Monday, November 04, 2019 - 08:44 AM UTC
The next Pic. shows that there's not much space to fit the track with the upper hull in place,


Just glue it together any where you can.


Finished for now.
Donald
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Posted: Monday, November 04, 2019 - 08:37 AM UTC
I have the base color on and ready to join the uppet and lower together.


A little weathering to the top of the Tracks.

Just snap in the front.

Then the rear.
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Posted: Saturday, November 02, 2019 - 07:40 AM UTC
The inside view.




Ready for some Paint.

That's all Folks (for now) Haaaaaaa
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Posted: Saturday, November 02, 2019 - 07:31 AM UTC
I have some more assembled
The Loaders Hatch.


This looked wrong to me but after checking the Son of Sherman Book there's a Pic. in there showing this Periscope.

The instructions show the Commanders Hatch assembled this way (of course we all know this is wrong)

We all know it really goes this way, You can position it at what ever angle you like but it has to be glued in place.
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Posted: Tuesday, October 29, 2019 - 11:29 AM UTC
I have the main Gun assembled.
The instructions aren't really clear where and how some of the parts are installed.


Note the tiny pad and notch, this is where the Co-axle
Mg, goes.


The completed gun.


That's all for now.
Donald
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Posted: Monday, October 28, 2019 - 11:53 AM UTC


I think I'll give this a coat of paint then start on the Turret.
Finished for now.
Donald
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Posted: Monday, October 28, 2019 - 11:47 AM UTC
It was my mistake the Drivers Hatch didn't fit, there's a small filler part that goes in the hinge area you have to get this in right or the hatch doesn't fit.


Here we have the backs of the Engine Hatches You could leave them off as they don't do anything and can't be seen, that is unless you have an engine and its compartment.

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Posted: Saturday, October 26, 2019 - 09:03 AM UTC
Test fitted the Hatches.
The Radio Operators fit good

The Drivers didn't.

I will have to do some trimming.


Oh well back to work.
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Posted: Saturday, October 26, 2019 - 08:54 AM UTC
I have a little more finished on the upper front Hull.
First for the Headlight Guards they give you a choice of Plastic or Photo Etch.
The plastic in this Pic. looks a little heavy but the Photo Etch looks way too thin.

I don't know if anyone has heard this before, but as an experiment I heated the Photo Etch over a candle then let it cool slowly. I found that it would stay in shape better and not spring back so much.


This section is mostly done. I decided on the Plastic Guards, I really don't like Photo Etch except for Screens
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Posted: Thursday, October 24, 2019 - 01:11 PM UTC
Thanks for doing this Donald. Whilst looking very tedious to make the tracks should be easier thanks to your blog. Cheers.
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Posted: Thursday, October 24, 2019 - 08:38 AM UTC
Next I rotated the Idler to the rear to tighten up the Track and glued it in place.


Here the Track install is complete, It just needs some touch up paint.


Now on to the rest of it.
Donald
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Posted: Thursday, October 24, 2019 - 08:32 AM UTC
Now for the actual install.
I started with the Sprocket being shure to get a good fit.

Fit the Track over the Bogies loosely

Next I fitted in the Idler.
It is adjustable

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Posted: Thursday, October 24, 2019 - 08:24 AM UTC
Next I installed the Track end part as shown.


Repeat until all the sections are joined.
Don't forget to Super Glue the Pins to the End pieces.

Here the Track runs are coiled.

I made the Track into loops, it's easier to install this way.
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Posted: Thursday, October 24, 2019 - 08:16 AM UTC
I finally finished the Track and installed it.
Here is how I did it.
I assembled the Track in 6 sections of 11 and 1 of 13 for each side.


I made some parts to join the sections together using the Track End parts and pieces of the wire .

I laid the sections of Track on a flat brass bar and inserted one of the parts I made to join them.

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Posted: Tuesday, October 22, 2019 - 08:21 PM UTC

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Hey Donald,
thank you for the built log.
I have the kit here as well and I don't trust the tracks at all. I'll follow your lead and get a 0,5mm wire from my nearby florist or hardwarestore as well.


Cheers,
Stephan



I'm happy that you are finding this build useful .
The wire that I'm using comes in a straight bundle not on a coil roll .It's about 20 inches long.
Each piece makes about 1 & 1/2 sections of 11 Shoes.
It's a soft steel wire, you don't want brass wire as the color will be off.
Regards.
Donald
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Posted: Tuesday, October 22, 2019 - 10:28 AM UTC
Hey Donald,
thank you for the built log.
I have the kit here as well and I don't trust the tracks at all. I'll follow your lead and get a 0,5mm wire from my nearby florist or hardwarestore as well.


Cheers,
Stephan
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Posted: Tuesday, October 22, 2019 - 01:49 AM UTC
Just a little add on, to make it easier to keep everything in the Jig before clamping try the following.

Use the top of the Jig to hold the parts in and slide it as parts are added.




I know this is a little out of order, I just thought of it.
Regards.
Donald