Getting back to the Sherman which has been about 90 % finished, time to add the .50 cal and some accessories that you see in the movie. The major detail was the phonograph mounted on the LH side of the turret. That I am still working on. But for now lets finally get some more of the final bits installed on the tank.
Before installing the .50 cal, grabbed a couple of German helmets and and attached them over the headlight guards.
1. German helmets placed over the headlamp guards
1. Right side view of the helmets
Then attached the spare set of tracks on the RH side of the turret.
1. Spare track mounted on the RH side of the turret
So far just the basics and easy stuff to add to the tank as it appeared in the movie.
1. As it stands before adding more accessories over the top
Now to build up the .50 and attach it to top of the turret. The kit gun is nice and painted Vallejo Black Gun Metal. And a once over with silver pencil.
1. Vallejo Black Gun Metal, OD base and highlighted with silver pencil
Then the mount is painted OD and attached in place.
Then the ammo box is painted OD and attached on the LH side of the gun.
The grip handles are painted brown with the framework in gun metal.
The whole set up is placed on the top of the turret.
Now to add some wooden crates. Not all of these will be used on the Sherman, but might as well do a few. 1st the crates are painted a dark brown, in this case IJN Brown.
Then AK Brown wash is applied over the crates to highlight the wood grain.
Then a thinned down Deck Tan is painted over the crates.
Then dry brushed with a lighter tan over the edges and center section of each wood panel. Then a lighter wash rubbed down with white spirits to give them an uneven appearance.
Then a couple of crates are placed on the tank.
More to follow.