Kelly’s Heroes 1/35th scale M4A3 Sherman and Friends

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  • Chuck A. Villanueva said 4 days, 20 hours ago:

    Falling behind a bit as I work on the Sherman, but as it is going to together well so far. I figured it’s time to introduce another part of the family of this project. In fact 2 more starting with Tamiya’s classic Willys Jeep.

    Lets see what is in the box first.
    Popping the lid we see 2 bagged sprues and the instruction sheet at the bottom of the box.

    The instruction sheet is typical Tamiya fold out easy to follow format. Listing color call outs with their paint line, options and the 4 optional schemes all in OD.

    The body is one piece and wrapped in it’s baggie apart from the rest of the sprues.

    Nice to see that the decals are in it’s own baggie as well with a protective sheet.

    Sprue A, contains the frame, body and engine components and exhaust system.

    1 piece frame is nicely detailed with the lower engine, transmission and transfer case moulded as part of the frame.

    Nicely molded hood panel, dashboard and radiator support with nicely detailed radiator and headlamps.

    Sprue B, contains the wheels, axles, frame and body detail components.

    Well done wheel assy’s including the spare.

    M1 rifle and .30 cal machine gun are included.

    Rear axle and leaf springs.

    Will review the other vehicle tomorrow. More to follow.

  • Louis Gardner said 4 days, 13 hours ago:

    The Jeep looks like a nice little kit. Thanks for the review.

    This is a great build underway. Lots of cool things happening here. Now I need to get some more work done on my Sherman’s………. thanks for the boost.

  • Paul Barber said 4 days, 7 hours ago:

    Interested to see the next instalment, Chuck! As you say the tank is going together very well, indeed!

  • david leigh-smith said 4 days, 5 hours ago:

    Beautiful, baby. What a thread. Please, if you are skimming through this on the ‘activity’ thread, do yourself a favour and have a read through the whole WiP – it’s terrific.

  • Robert Royes said 4 days, 2 hours ago:

    Woof! Woof!

  • Chuck A. Villanueva said 3 days, 22 hours ago:

    Thanks everyone, Louis, it is a newer Tamiya kit not the original Jeep that was popped in the 70’s, the earlier kit had a trailer and 3 figures. And a later re pop with some infantry. This one is a new mold that first appeared in 1997.
    Thanks Paul, tanks don’t take as long as a plane, as you can just start assembling and paint some details along the way. But then it’s more on me to hurry it along.
    Thanks D-L, the road is getting crowded in a bit, with another truck to add to the WIp.
    Positive waves Robert, positive waves!!

  • Chuck A. Villanueva said 3 days, 20 hours ago:

    Now the next subject. Italeri’s GMC 6×6 Cargo truck, 1/35th scale.

    Now let see what is in the box. First this was bought at Pegasus Hobbies in Montclair, Ca. The shop is usually given an opportunity to buy out collections from those who are no longer into the hobby or estate sales. This kit was one that was part of a bought out collection, and for $10.00 it was a good deal, already opened and unstarted but lots of loose parts in the box. So far everything seems to here. The box itself just showed some wear and being stored on a shelf with several other kits on top of it.

    The instruction is the typical Italeri early design of folding out, starting with the multi piece frame. Showing 3 different options, all in OD. One option is to modify the frame to add a winch which is provided in the kit. Color call outs for Testor Model Masters brand of paint. The decals were loose in the kit and does show some moisture damage. So some decals will need to be sourced from the decal bin.

    Sprue “A” contains the frame rails and crossmembers, cab fenders w/lower engine and trans details., wheels which includes the spare. Grille and radiator support.

    The left and right fenders are molded in 1 piece with the lower half of the engine and trans incorporated into the lower section. There is no engine itself in the kit unlike the Tam Jeep. The wheels have good detail and will suffice for this build. The multi piece frame will be fun to build carefully so not to throw the whole truck serving as the foundation of the whole thing if not true or straight when complete, other wise cab, suspension and bed will have alignment issues as the build progresses. Nice grille and radiator is provided. The grille has wide columns that will give a good view of the radiator behind it. 3 axles are provided for the 6wd drive suspension system, driveshafts and transfer case.

    Sprue B, contains the cab and bed components, .50 machine gun, and ring mount., doors, hood and side panels.

    The kit can only be built as a hard roof cab, some mods would need to made to convert to a canvas cab. The dash panel is not bad, only the gauges have no detail, so gauges could be fabricated if the decals provided in the kit don’t work.

    The bed assy comes with fine detailed wood rails and benches but no canvas cover. Down the road some accessories and supplies will need to load her up.

    The kit also provides a nice Browning .50 cal machine gun mounted on a ring mount over the cab.

    The optional winch assy that can be used and will keep for a future project.

    Soon to get started on both vehicle as the Sherman gets closer to completion…more to follow.

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