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Old 07-12-2018, 05:39 AM
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Here is some progress on the Sherman I am re-building for my son.

Did some weathering on the rear of the lower hull. I'm pleased with how the exhaust turned out:
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I've got to do some touch-up paint work on the turret where I ripped off the failed grab handles. This shot shows my weathering of the tracks. As I understand it, the pads on this variant were rubber, so I tried to weather only the metal bits.
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Here you can see a bit of the front of the lower hull that I have also weathered:
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Front of the lower hull, with its weathering.
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I'm really pleased with the Tamiya Olive Drab. When it dries, you can buff it and it takes on a real metallic look. I'm going to need to seal the tank weathering (pastels) when I'm done and I'm afraid I'm going to lose that metallic/burnished look.

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Old 07-23-2018, 06:12 AM
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Got my stencils in and have done some more work on the Sherman. Sanded off a couple of the stars and re-did them with the stencil ones.

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Old 07-23-2018, 08:51 AM
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Looks nice
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Old 07-26-2018, 07:33 AM
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Finished painting and weathering the boxes and the front fender "shelf".

Which ones are real wood and which ones are plastic?

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Old 07-27-2018, 06:24 PM
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Did some more work on the Sherman tonight. Getting down to being done with the model part. Then I get to install the new IBU2 and TARR smoker.

Probably overkill, but I used my Harbor Freight dapping block to form a reflector out of aluminum foil, and then punched out a plastic lens. The ones on the block are extras. The reflector and lens are installed in the searchlight housing.

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Pre-mud weathering pictures:

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Now for the mud. So scary to put on mud!

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Looks good!!!
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This is the side art I wanted to put on the tank but my wife could not print it out small enough on the vinyl cutter to work:
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The Sherman is all but done.
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The last thing I have to do is figure out which plugs on the turret from the airsoft motor and the elevation motor plug in where.

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Coming along nicely.
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OK, the Sherman is all but done. Had some back-and-forth with Ian at RC Electronics to sort out the correct wiring for the Airsoft motor and barrel elevation, only to have no cannon fire sound. Turns out the Airsoft unit had a defective microswitch. Fortunately I had a spare turret so I swapped out the Airsoft gun. I kept having problems with the AS gun shooting, due to the barrel getting over-squashed on the rubber seal when I tightened down the mantlet. Turns out that the barrel has a slight flat spot on the mounting ring so that it fits precisely in the mantlet. I was not registering on that flat so it was crushing the rubber seal when the barrel was over-pushed into the gun housing. Got that right and now the gun works like it should.

So, everything is working.

My only complaint at this point is you can really hear the plastic gearbox over the speaker sounds. I am wondering if it is worth the effort to try and build a box around the gearbox to try and isolate some of the gear sound?

I really like the IBU2UB. I will probably upgrade to the F with a key unlock so that I get to use all 6 channels of the HobbyKing transmitter. It's kind of annoying to have to push the sticks to the corners to do things like turn the lights on and fire the gun and such. It would be cool to flip a switch to do it instead. But I love the sounds. I love how the IBU2U comes with various tank "directories" on the SD card, and you just copy in all the sounds and config for that tank and "bang", your tank sounds like the correct tank.

Brake lights are a cool touch, too.

The TARR smoker is not making as much smoke as I hoped, but I think this is due to the convoluted exhaust path, and the fact that the exhaust pipes are hidden under the back deck of the tank.

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Old 08-07-2018, 05:59 PM
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Steve, What kind of smoke fluid are you using?
I used JT Mega Steam in my TARR smokers and they really smoked.

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I'm using the fluid that came with my Heng Long tanks. Maybe I need better smoke juice.

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Originally Posted by maillemaker View Post
I'm using the fluid that came with my Heng Long tanks. Maybe I need better smoke juice.

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Give it a try, it worked really well in mine.
You can even pick a scent.

Mega-Steam Smoke Fluid

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OK, I just ordered some Mega-Steam in Diesel smell. Would prefer gasoline exhaust but that wasn't an option.

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