As an armor contribution to the Forgotten War GB, I will be completing a build I began some time ago. I may try to do a diorama as well (a first for me). The model is the TASCA M4A3E8 Sherman, re-boxed by D-Corporation out of Korea (and much cheaper than the TASCA version!).
The box art is atrocious and off-putting and I was tempted to download and print a less embarrassing pic to tape over top, but I have better things to do with my time.
As you can see, I have assembled most of the hull and details and painted the wheels and rollers prior to assembly. I will paint and partly weather the lower and upper hull before adding the wheels and tracks. I have a couple of different sets of aftermarket tracks plus link and length from the kit (pics to show later). I haven’t decided which to use yet. At this point I would appreciate some advice from armor builders on the clear cupola for the commander’s position.
Should I paint the back of the “glass” “vision blocks” in white/pale green or maybe even black to simulate periscopes, build periscopes behind or just leave it clear? Pics of the real thing show seem to show a different scope (?) for each window or maybe just clear armored glass but I’ve never seen this done on a model.
I may do this in a diorama with my Pershing “Margaret.”
I was kind of intrigued by something Louis passed on about how Shermans could go where the Pershing could not. Sounds like the set up for a diorama. In this case, I would probably use the pictured Bison decals to do a US M4. As an alternative, I was thinking about doing a Canadian Sherman of Lord Strathcona’s Horse. I kind of doubt these would have served alongside US Pershings anywhere so that might rule out a diorama.
By the way, this project went on hold because I lost part of the RB productions muzzle break during renovation work on the house. I recently hit upon the idea of using the kit’s plastic muzzle brake with the metal barrel as shown – works well in the end (maybe even more accurate than the RB metal muzzle brake.)
Comments and suggestions welcome.