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Airfix 1/76 Sherman Crab

Posted by huib on 15 Aug 2019, 14:50

Weathering (2)

Weathering is finished applying a drybrush of light grey-green (Revell 43), mud in three shades of brown, a bit of additional chipping using a graphite pencil (creating a nice soft metal shine) and two layers of matt varnish.

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The flail, here with a bit of rust and sand.

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And here with its full share of mud. The balls on the chain's end were drybrushed with steel colour, as in reality they show bare metal here.

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The hull side, with some mudd around the wheels and tracks.

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Mud from the flail on the differential cover.

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And mud on the flail arms.

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Some extra chipping on the turret.

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And a dryfit.

Almost ready now, only a few details left.
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Posted by Peter on 15 Aug 2019, 17:23

Wonderfull! :thumbup:

And as this one is almost finished, I'm allready looking forward to your next project! ;-) :thumbup:
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Posted by MABO on 17 Aug 2019, 11:05

Peter wrote:Wonderfull! :thumbup:

And as this one is almost finished, I'm allready looking forward to your next project! ;-) :thumbup:


That is exactly what I do! Another breathtaking project. Really cool to see the result.
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Posted by huib on 18 Aug 2019, 13:09

Thank you guys!
My next project will be an aircraft, and I never post these on Benno's, as there are no figures involved. :(
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Posted by huib on 18 Aug 2019, 13:31

The last details

Some small last parts to finalise the Sherman Crab:

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Two axles, two pistons and a drive shaft to connect the flail to the tank.

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The connection is definitely made now. The driveshaft, in white, will be painted. The piston in metal, will remain metal. To get a nice straight line I had to change the angle of both the cilinder and the receiving end on the flail side.

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The Sherman Crab was equipped with a visual system to cooperate in echelon with other crabs to clear a minefield without forgetting strips of land. (Very wise idea). Here you see this installation on the back of a Sherman Crab.

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The basic material is 0,7mm household iron wire.

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A full parts layout. (So called exploded view)

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All parts glued together using CA glue.

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After painting and weathering.

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The white "mirrors" to guide the following tank.

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The system glued to the back of the hull.

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Shermans had a towing cable as standard equipment. I like to make these myself from copper wire salvaged from a household electricity cable. Four wires will do for a 1/76 heavy duty towing cable.

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The copper wires twisted into a cable and eyelets added.

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The eyelets are made from thin iron wire (0,5mm), a piece of modelling tape and a drop of CA glue.

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Towing cable painted, weathered and pre-bent.

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Cable glued to the hull.

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A British WW2 tank commander from Hät. This figure has a very strange pose which I don't like, so I changed the position of his head and right arm.

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The commander after cosmetic surgery in dark grey primer.

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Painted and weathered.

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And, because of theior vulnerability always the last parts to add, two radio antenna's and an antennna base from copper wire.

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Finished!!

Final pictures soon.
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Posted by Wiking on 18 Aug 2019, 15:12

Hmmm ...

Now your olive green vehicle look like a harvester with a parking assist system.
And the lunch is fixed at the back.
:oops:
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Posted by Bluefalchion on 18 Aug 2019, 15:14

huib wrote:Thank you guys!
My next project will be an aircraft, and I never post these on Benno's, as there are no figures involved. :(


Well then have a ground crew working on an open engine compartment on your model plane.

Problem solved.
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Posted by Dad's Army on 18 Aug 2019, 17:56

Bluefalchion wrote:
Well then have a ground crew working on an open engine compartment on your model plane.

Problem solved.


or ad a pilot :mrgreen:

great job again Huib, love your conversions of these models!
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Posted by huib on 19 Aug 2019, 11:38

Thank you very much guys!

Final pictures are ready!

For all pictures, please have a look in the Gallery

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