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Tamiya 105 mm M4A3
If we try a conversion over the basic Sherman, there is a wide range of possibilities. So, for my first Sherman, I decided to face a straightforward project, with no scratch or difficult improvements.
I planned to accomplish a M4 105mm featuring a disabled gun.
This vehicle comes from a batch sold by Italy to Israel in the 50s. Due to foreign policy matters, at the moment of selling the vehicles, the Italian leave the guns disabled and the Israelis had to get spare cannons some other way.
The story tells that up to the moment of getting new guns , the Shermans were used for ” psychological warfare”, they were added a wooden ring and painted to make them run around the city at parades, giving the image of a powerful Army.
The picture I got shows one of these Shermans with a 105 mm gun (is an howitzer). Something to note is, that instead of being at a parade, it’s in the battlefield, running on the combat rests, carrying infantrymen.
Over the original coat of paint, the new bad quality paint, mistreated, chipped, dusted can be appreciated.
For this version, I used the hull from the early Tamiya M4 (#35190), and the turret from Tamiya 105 mm M4A3 (# 35351).
The early Tamiya M4, is a kit which was released in 1995 featuring parts coming from the M4 A3 from the 80s, and though the whole is well detailed, it suffers from the typical problems of all the Tamiya Shermans: the weld seams, and the poorly detailed bogies( coming from the M4A3). To solve this, I decided to redo the welding and use wheels and bogies from Academy and Dragon. The rest of the improvements were made from scratch.
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