Doing this one on another forum as a Transport on LCM (3). Think it's the only Academy kit I have, but needed an M4A2 for Normandy ( Even though it's Diesel.) It comes with 3 different set of Bogie wheels and 2 sets of Drive wheels. I don't know which Drives are the Late Version.
Post by Allied-Eric on Sept 24, 2013 16:03:01 GMT -5
Sorry dudes I should have done that sooner. The Sherman Minutia site was put together by some of the same few people that worked on the Son Of Sherman bible and is a nice little premier for the book, so great info there.
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Per Eric's link, my references show a pretty late M4A2 which would have the plated drive socket(picture 5) but without the locking tabs. You probably have this one in the kit? For the bogies these would be the ones with the upswept return rollers which is picture 3 in the group of bogie pictures in the link. Also, you didn't ask but they would also have the solid type idler which is picture 2 in the picture section under idlers. These features seem to be typcial for such a tank, certainly those that served on Iwo Jima.
Here is a picture of I believe the same tank that is on the box art of your model. As you can see it has all the same features I mentioned above.
Not sure if you are going for accuracy here but the below quote is from Frank De Sisto's review of the kit on Missing lynx:
"Three of the five markings schemes given are not accurate for USMC M4A2s.The only ones correct for an M4A2 are: 1. M4A2 “Caesar”, of C Co., 2nd Tk.Bn., on Tinian in 1945. 2. M4A2 “Goldbrick Jr.”, of the 4th Tk.Bn., also on Tinian in 1945.
The remainder of the markings are only correct if used on the Tamiya M4A3. They are: 3. M4A3 “Nitemare II, LA Bound Via Kitano Point” of the 5th Tk.Bn. on Iwo Jima in 1945. 4. M4A3 “Boomerang”, of B Co., 4th Tk.Bn. on Iwo Jima in 1945. 5. M4A3 “Doris”, of D Co., 4th Tk.Bn. on Iwo Jima in 1945."
Like Bruce says the wading stacks will not cover up the rear engine deck that has the diesel fuel filler, water and engine oil gauge caps in place. Also, this kit looks like it has the grouser plates on the rear deck which you also don't have on an M4A3 rear deck. While you could chisel them off and sand the area down you still need a new M4A3 engine deck. Finally, the large Hatch M4A2's had the 6 retaining bolts on the rear plate. These (if they are on the kit) would have to be shaved off. So, at this point based on what I see I would not go this route since it means added cost and work. Might be best to try and make her look as close as possible to Goldbrick or Caesar.
I hear ya. It's on the side till I finish a couple others for a Group Build on the HAMB Nov 1st. Been working on the LCM and a few figures as well. That's what happens when one works on about 7 different projects at once. I have hundreds of models, but not hundreds of years to build them.
Well, here it is, late 2017 and I still never made it back to this one. Looks like the Forum is all but defunct. Thw WORX closed down as well, but several of us have moved over to Bucky's Forum. Any of you, who may be interested are sure welcome to come over. There are several of us still interested in Shermans. onlinescalemodelers.proboards.com/