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Armor and ground forces of the Allied forces during World War II.
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Asuka M4A1 76mm
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Posted: Saturday, August 24, 2019 - 08:18 AM UTC
For those who might be sitting on the fence for this one













Used the TMD T23 turret and a set of MasterClub tracks. Obviously still needs painting, tow cable and the like.
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Posted: Saturday, August 24, 2019 - 09:01 AM UTC
Nice! And the turret looks perfect for operation cobra without the rear vent
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Posted: Saturday, August 24, 2019 - 10:34 AM UTC

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Nice! And the turret looks perfect for operation cobra without the rear vent



Thatís the plan. Just need to make sure I donít screw up the black and OD paint job..........
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Posted: Saturday, August 24, 2019 - 11:07 AM UTC
Looks Great Chris! I just ordered a few from Spruebrothers. Looking forward to doing a Cobra version myself. I have a few TMD turrets in the stash just for a project like this. Are the masterclub tracks worth the price?
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Posted: Saturday, August 24, 2019 - 11:10 AM UTC

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Nice! And the turret looks perfect for operation cobra without the rear vent



Thatís the plan. Just need to make sure I donít screw up the black and OD paint job..........



For a 100% accurate Cobra vehicle you would also need to add the "cross pin" loaders hatch, which were present k. The T23 turrets. TMD also makes one and is a drop-in replacment. However, the difference is pretty minor and probably didn't even know the cross-pin hatch was a thing. Changing it is up to you

I have my kit built up already. I still need to add some weld beads.

Did your T23 turret include the brackets for the .50 stowage rack? I can't remember if mine did or if I lost them. Either way, I carved off the ones from the kit turret.
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Posted: Saturday, August 24, 2019 - 12:01 PM UTC

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Nice! And the turret looks perfect for operation cobra without the rear vent



Thatís the plan. Just need to make sure I donít screw up the black and OD paint job..........



For a 100% accurate Cobra vehicle you would also need to add the "cross pin" loaders hatch, which were present k. The T23 turrets. TMD also makes one and is a drop-in replacment. However, the difference is pretty minor and probably didn't even know the cross-pin hatch was a thing. Changing it is up to you

I have my kit built up already. I still need to add some weld beads.

Did your T23 turret include the brackets for the .50 stowage rack? I can't remember if mine did or if I lost them. Either way, I carved off the ones from the kit turret.



Are you referring to the red circled area in the pic? I know about the cross pin hatch but decided I can live with that minor 'error'. My turret came with the left and right brackets. The rest I had to source elsewhere.

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Posted: Saturday, August 24, 2019 - 12:37 PM UTC
Those MasterClub tracks look very good, and the tank looks very nice. Asuka hulls and turrets are well done. I see you used the flat return roller supports. How are the swept up parts?
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Posted: Saturday, August 24, 2019 - 12:54 PM UTC
What's with the visible "step" in the gun barrel where it enters the mantlet? I was led to believe there should be no step here, but that the area in question was gunmetal because any paint wore off in the slide during recoil.
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Posted: Saturday, August 24, 2019 - 12:57 PM UTC

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Those MasterClub tracks look very good, and the tank looks very nice. Asuka hulls and turrets are well done. I see you used the flat return roller supports. How are the swept up parts?



Both type of return roller supports are included. I think the upswept ones look great and added them to the ever growing Sherman spares box. Iíve got the Rye Fields kit and itís awesome but still a huge Asuka fan. If you havenít tried MasterClub Sherman tracks, give a set a try.
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Posted: Saturday, August 24, 2019 - 01:01 PM UTC
Don't forget to add the headlight socket cap tube, on the brush guards.
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Posted: Saturday, August 24, 2019 - 01:14 PM UTC

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Don't forget to add the headlight socket cap tube, on the brush guards.



Good catch. 👌
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Posted: Sunday, August 25, 2019 - 01:43 PM UTC
Adding a few small details

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Posted: Sunday, August 25, 2019 - 06:38 PM UTC
Chris: Did you damage the bow MG dust cover attachment flange? Or is it supposed to be like that? I've never seen one with a tip at the top
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Posted: Sunday, August 25, 2019 - 10:08 PM UTC

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Chris: Did you damage the bow MG dust cover attachment flange? Or is it supposed to be like that? I've never seen one with a tip at the top


I damaged it. May be able to fix it and get it round again or find another one and replace it.
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Posted: Monday, August 26, 2019 - 10:43 AM UTC
I have spares. LMK.
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Posted: Monday, August 26, 2019 - 11:36 AM UTC

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I have spares. LMK.

Thanks for the offer but I think I fixed it. Tamiya Extra Thin and some gentle prodding got a more rounded shape. The part was very brittle and I managed to snap it into three pieces.......
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Posted: Tuesday, August 27, 2019 - 08:33 AM UTC
Blocking in my based colors and then spray the patterns with a variety of shades to break it up a bit. OD and black can be a bit boring.

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Posted: Thursday, September 05, 2019 - 01:32 AM UTC
Well I decided to scrape together enough pennies to order a kit. So you got one person to step off the fence.
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Posted: Thursday, September 05, 2019 - 02:42 PM UTC
Is the barrel slide molded? I just ordered the kit and was curious.
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Posted: Friday, September 06, 2019 - 09:55 AM UTC

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Is the barrel slide molded? I just ordered the kit and was curious.


No, it has the same 2 piece barrel from the 'A3 kit.