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Old 02-20-2018, 06:15 PM
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Default Super Sherman M4A4 w/HVSS M50

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Old 02-20-2018, 08:19 PM
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Where did the turret parts come from man? Watching this one closely.
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Old 02-20-2018, 08:32 PM
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I should have photoed the turret additions before i did any thing. They are from shapeways from Woz. But, they are very course textured. I covered them with red putty, sanded then like 10 coats of primer.
Man cutting that turret apart to fit the bustle I felt like leonardo di caprio in Django when he cutting that skull up with a hacksaw. Any way all the 3 d parts i bought totalled up to almost 200 bucks. They aint cheap.
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Old 02-20-2018, 08:42 PM
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Yea, I can relate to the prices of parts man. You did a great job though.l. I like it.
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Old 02-21-2018, 08:56 AM
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Originally Posted by RichJohnson View Post
I should have photoed the turret additions before i did any thing. They are from shapeways from Woz. But, they are very course textured. I covered them with red putty, sanded then like 10 coats of primer.
Man cutting that turret apart to fit the bustle I felt like leonardo di caprio in Django when he cutting that skull up with a hacksaw. Any way all the 3 d parts i bought totalled up to almost 200 bucks. They aint cheap.
Were they off shapeways or from woz direct?

Looking forward to this one, done the same conversion myself with woz parts
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Old 02-21-2018, 09:01 AM
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Here my attempt
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Old 02-21-2018, 09:04 AM
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They came from shapeways i think they are on Woz’s account. Some details i bought from other accounts though.
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Old 02-21-2018, 12:23 PM
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I know a tanks that needs a wingman!

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Old 02-21-2018, 12:40 PM
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Nice A2 based M50. Cool. We have a member here in SAn Diego with an m51 that needed a wingman too.
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Old 02-22-2018, 10:13 AM
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Look at all those dust-free Shermans! I don't know how you guys stay on top of that.

Maybe my shelves are just set too high.
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Old 02-22-2018, 01:20 PM
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Originally Posted by RichJohnson View Post
Nice A2 based M50. Cool. We have a member here in SAn Diego with an m51 that needed a wingman too.
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Old 02-22-2018, 01:42 PM
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My tanks are actually quite dirty. I dont really clean them after a battle unless its LA, the dust there is thick and i do blow my tanks off after. The wash they get is after a beach landing with the lcm to get the salt water residue off them.
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My tanks are actually quite dirty. I dont really clean them after a battle unless its LA, the dust there is thick and i do blow my tanks off after. The wash they get is after a beach landing with the lcm to get the salt water residue off them.
Real dirt is best dirt on a tank.
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Here's my stab at a small hatch M50.
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Old 02-23-2018, 03:56 AM
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That is awesome work Tom.
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Old 02-23-2018, 07:37 AM
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YEah that is awesome. I kept some photos of that when you posted it. Did you use a Nick A3 hull?

Going the A4 route is proving to be a crazy mans job.
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Old 02-24-2018, 06:02 PM
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Great job tomhugill! The work that you did on your unit is excellent! It has motivated me to do some work on my newly aquired Taigen Sherman M4A3 76mm metal edition.
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Old 02-24-2018, 09:41 PM
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Work progresses

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Old 02-24-2018, 09:46 PM
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Ok on with my build. So if anybody noticed Im using an M4a4 hull from Dgesslkirk's firefly kit. If you know your shermans then you know the A4 had the Chrysler multibank engine and a longer hull. The hull was 11 inches longer to accommodate the longer engine. The bogies had to be spaced further apart to spread the weight of the tank out. Production ended on the A4 in late 43 and that version never was produced in the Ultimate design.
Israel got a bunch of A4s along with their pile of shermans and eventually converted them to HVSS during the M50 rebuilds or upgrades.
I decided that since Im using an A4 hull, I needed to lengthen my Tamiya hull and space the bogies out appropriately. These tanks are very noticeable when you look at M50 photos due to the gaps in the HVSS bogies.
So I took my hull partialy apart and a scrap hull, made my measurements and took them to the band saw. It went ok. It didn't go bad or good, just kind of as I expected, a pain in the rear.
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Old 02-24-2018, 10:33 PM
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I take my hat off to you rich, you're a braver man than I to stretch the tamiya tub. Looks like a job well done though. Interestingly a lot of the A4 hull versions made their way to become the ultimate Sherman, the Chilean M60 (m50 with M60 hyper velocity gun).
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Old 02-28-2018, 09:48 PM
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Ok here it is. Long Dong Sherman!
Hull lengthened successfully. Bogies and track rollers respaced according to measurements and all the joints and old holes filled in.
Wow what a project just making the hull was. But.... I had to lengthen the track by 5 track pads. Which means the track on the other side is 10 short lol.
Anybody got one spare Tamiya track they will sell me to put my tracks back together? Or half a track LOL
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Old 03-01-2018, 07:46 AM
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You just need the standard Tamiya plastic Pershing/Sherman/Leopard track? If so, I can send you mine. It looks like you may need a few more sections as that looks pretty taunt.

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Old 03-01-2018, 07:52 AM
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Its supposed to have the steel chevron track, most M50s did. I think the pershing has the rubber track pads. I had 6 added links and it was real sloppy so I took one back out. WOnt really know till I can drive the thing you know. So I need to hunt for one track or buy a used pair.
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Old 03-02-2018, 06:40 AM
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Well I have a few sets of used Tamiya Sherman and Pershing plastic tracks if you want them. Just send me your address and I will send them out to you.
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I got my recoil unit all set up with the clark univeral recoil unit.
also got the rear hull cut out and the diesel rear deck installed.
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