Sherman Easy Eight European Theater, Tamiya 1/35
I’ve been building airplane kits and can’t seem to get the tiny details right so I temporarily switched to armored fighting vehicles which, for now, seem a little more forgiving. This Tamiya kit goes together wonderfully, and I learned about Sherman WW2 tanks along the way. There is so much information available on the internet. I’m actually watching documentaries while building the kit. These kits provide so much opportunity for weathering and outfitting. May not be 100% accurate, but putting the stowage together and in place was just fun. I purchased a separate Tamiya Allied Stowage kit so that I could include additional jerry cans, duffel bags, ammo packs and kit bags. The Shermans always looked so cool when loaded up.
I also got to improvise. I used a wooden coffee stir stick for the plank across the transmission housing in front, black button thread for the handheld mic cable, a strip of painted Tamiya tape for the goggle strap, and stranded ground wire with heatshrink painted black for a makeshift tow cable. I also experimented with acrylic mud effects for the first time. Fun Fun Fun.
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