Friday, December 7, 2018

M4 Sherman, Early Production, 1/48 scale, Tamiya Kit No. 32505

The Kit & Build
A 2004 Tamiya release, this was my second piece of armor in this scale. 

The tracks are link and length.  The lower hull is molded from metal, which adds a nice amount of heft to the model.  I like that as it makes handling the model easier, both under construction and after it is finished.  Decals for 3 vehicles are included.  I chose an M4 from an unknown unit in France in the summer of 1944.

There is not a lot to say about this build.  The construction is over before you know it.  I painted the model with Tamiya XF-62 Olive Drab overall.  Details were picked out with various Vallejo paints.

I weathered the lower hull and tracks with Vallejo Pigments 73.109 Natural Umber.  This pigment is adhered to the model using Vallejo airbrush thinner.  I read that technique somewhere, and decided to try it. It worked very well.  You apply the thinner to the model generously but not so much as it runs all over.  Then you sprinkle the pigment on.  I used a brush for this.  Once I was satisfied, I sealed it with an airbrushed coat of Testors Dullcote.  I also used Tamiya Panel Line Accent in Dark Brown and Black, which made the details pop.

The tank commander figure comes from a Verlinden 4 figure set, U.S. Tank Crew WWII #2214.  The figures are very nicely molded, and now I have 3 more to use on future projects.

This was a very enjoyable build.  There were no faults with the kit.  I have a couple more of these 1/48 models under the workbench which I am looking forward to building.

The plastic parts are glued to the hull with CA.  The hull comes primed medium grey.

Unfortunately, you can see right through the turret and onto the tracks.  I remedied this a sheet of plastic card.

I airbrushed some flat black on the plastic card.  It worked out very well.

As always, thank you for visiting my blog.  Comments are always welcome.


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