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Tasca M4A1 Grizzly Guardian
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Posted: Monday, April 21, 2014 - 07:48 AM UTC
Oh. My. Goodness.
That's quite the FDA, makes me feel like a hack.
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Posted: Tuesday, April 22, 2014 - 01:48 AM UTC


A build log all about the Sherman M4A1 Grizzly wouldn't be complete without a picture of the Bovington Grizzly, situated at the Bovington Tank Museum in good old blighty (UK), it was used as a gate guard for quite some time, and then lovingly restored by the good folk at the museum.


The End Result

And after all that messing around with plastic strip, resin bolt heads, drilling holes, cutting recesses, adding CA glue and then covering it all with baking powder (as you do) this is what we end up with, pictures below...

I'm not really sure it was worth all the effort to be honest, but it was fun, and that's all that matters in model making, isn't it? I'm sure it is, someone will probably confirm that at some stage...



Pictures above and below, the baking powder was hand painted with gray auto primer, just spray it into the lid, and then paint it on with a fine brush, it's very good stuff when you are aiming for a rough cast texture, and it dries very fast indeed.



Next up is some work on the backplate, to close up the open end of the lower hull, and give it some strength, again made from plastic card, I might as well carry on with my white and grey theme.

And Russ seems to like the build anyway...




Matt
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Posted: Tuesday, April 22, 2014 - 05:14 AM UTC
If it's only you and me reading this, at least you have a good audience.
Personally though, I think people may be struck dumb by what you're doing.
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Posted: Tuesday, April 22, 2014 - 01:05 PM UTC
I have been following along since I discovered this thread, very nice work Matt!

Cheers Rob.
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Posted: Wednesday, April 23, 2014 - 08:45 AM UTC

Thanks folks,

Another nice picture of the M4A1 Grizzly FDA, showing all the bolt detail sitting in recesses on both the segment bolt strips and also the main FDA bolt strip, it's also a good picture for showing the splash guards, which do not line up, and also the oil drain plugs.




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Posted: Wednesday, April 23, 2014 - 09:01 AM UTC
I follow along. But what is there to say other than 'stop messing' with the hull and show us how you're going to reinvent the wheel with the upper hull, turret, etc!

:)
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Posted: Wednesday, April 23, 2014 - 09:17 AM UTC

Not so much reinvent, but just build in a different way, kinda, maybe...

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Posted: Wednesday, April 23, 2014 - 10:22 AM UTC
Yeah I've been lurking on this one also, if only to try and figure what your on about half the time, always entertaining though.
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Posted: Wednesday, April 23, 2014 - 11:06 AM UTC
You're going through way to much effort Matt. Keep it up!
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Posted: Thursday, April 24, 2014 - 10:18 AM UTC


Quoted Text

You're going through way to much effort Matt. Keep it up!



I am indeed yes
M4A3E8Easy8
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Posted: Friday, April 25, 2014 - 12:09 AM UTC
Matt for the record, and let the record so state, I have followed the last two builds you have done. Something about the ramblings of an English model builder who has too much skill and a good sense of humor has attracted my eye. I am not much of a scratch builder so I look at dream at the steps you show here and then sit at my desk and build out of the box. But as you pointed out I have fun and that is enough. Now if we can get an Easy 8 out of you instead of the cannuck stuff....
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Posted: Friday, April 25, 2014 - 08:11 AM UTC
Thankyou Easy8, I'll try and get round to the M4A3E8 as soon as possible,..maybe let Snuggles build it, give him his own build log or something, that's probably not a good idea...

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Posted: Friday, April 25, 2014 - 12:32 PM UTC
Lol, where is the follow button for the E8 build, I can't find it... where is it... oh wait I have to wait.. damn
As you probably guessed I have a thing for the E8. So if my vote counts it should move up to next in your build que.
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Posted: Friday, April 25, 2014 - 02:09 PM UTC
Hey, what's wrong with the Canuck stuff?

Cheers Rob.
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Posted: Thursday, May 01, 2014 - 07:33 AM UTC

Another nice reference picture showing the upper bolt plate that bolts the FDA to the hull, shows the bolt heads sitting in a recess with the splash guards just in front to protect the bolt heads.



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Posted: Thursday, May 01, 2014 - 10:02 AM UTC
I wholeheartedly approve of this kind of lunacy.

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Posted: Friday, May 02, 2014 - 04:24 AM UTC

Quoted Text

I wholeheartedly approve of this kind of lunacy.



Me too
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Posted: Friday, May 02, 2014 - 05:53 AM UTC
Wow....just...wow...you are a braver (or crazier) man than I Gunga Din! Keep up the amazing work (especially on the Canuck stuff ;-)!).

Cheers
Kharkov
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Posted: Saturday, May 03, 2014 - 07:52 AM UTC

Thanks Colin,

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Posted: Saturday, May 03, 2014 - 07:55 AM UTC
Master scratch-building work there, Kharkov!
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Posted: Monday, May 05, 2014 - 03:30 AM UTC
I so agree about the E8, I love the straight lines of them. People will say it is too tall but really it is just narrow. They were about as tall as a tiger but I digress.. They are just nice looking if you ask me. My last completed build was the dragon E8 "thunderbolt II" with the extra armor, cept I stuck logs on the side and junk all over the back. Lots of mud and dust later and now it sits next to my pershing waiting on me to get back to the states and put them on a dio... and collecting dust I am sure...
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Posted: Monday, May 05, 2014 - 07:24 AM UTC
Very impressive work! And I like your style of Buildlog!

I've yet to build a Tasca Shermie. Need...more...time...

I'm watching!
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Posted: Monday, May 05, 2014 - 09:03 AM UTC


Another nice picture of the Bovington Grizzly from the other side, this Sherman M4A1 Grizzly is a little curious in that it doesn't have any hull applique armour, either in the form of welded on plates or cast in applique, which is a little strange, and is puzzling me to be honest, I was under the impression that they all had one or the other, but obviously not.


Back Plate Shenanigans

A simple picture sequence showing construction and assembly of the new backplate, the three main parts are cut from plastic card, and then the required shapes are carved into them, they all need to fit well as they form a fairly intricate shape at the top, and the plates are sitting at different angles to each other, and of course it all needs to fit inside the Tasca upper hull.

Also some new hull extensions and air box shields (etched brass parts) are made, these replace the horrible Tasca items which are not done very well to be honest.



Then it all gets test fitted and glued into place, small thin plastic strip is then used in all the corners that can't be seen, to in effect strengthen everything, with any scratch built parts, this is very often the best way to strengthen parts in areas where it can't be seen.



The same baking powder and grey primer technique has been used on the upper section of the new back plate, pictures of the real thing seem to indicate that this part is a cast part, that is then welded into the back plate, or it's a part of the upper hull, either way, it has a rough surface texture.



And above, a nice clear picture showing the back plate with the rough cast section at the top, It's also a good reference picture for the engine access doors, the style and construction of the hinges and the locking plate, the air filters, the rear idlers and the rear towing eyes.


And that's a clue, doors and stuff should be next...




Matt
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Posted: Monday, May 05, 2014 - 12:38 PM UTC
Well.
What can I say? Or "what should I say" may be more appropriate.
What I will say: I got nuthin'. But I am entertained, and I will probably go dig up my copy of Blade Runnner.
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Posted: Monday, May 05, 2014 - 08:00 PM UTC


Kharkov - "This close to the Sun? Snuggles?"
Snuggles - "The sunshine never ends Dad!"
Kharkov - "So, If you wake up one morning, and it's a particularly beautiful day, Snuggles?"
Snuggles - They'll know we made it Dad!"
Kharkov - "You guys c'mon,..TIME!"
Snuggles - "Just time, Dad."