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Sherman IDF M50

iambrb

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Ok so here is my entry, but it might be a week or so before I really get her rolling:

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so I had bought a Masterpiece Models version of this, only to find it incomplete,as in the guy had completely wrong suspension and the like in it, but that’s how it sometimes goes when u buy an old kit at a show!
So I have the Dragon kit, along with Star Decals recent reissue of their decal set

have several irons in the fire at the moment, but will get it rolling soon!

so I am TOTALLY digging the Lebanese M50 Eric posted bee-low, so much so I am thinking oh doing it just as shown!
 
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errains

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Yummy!! :good:
I say step just outside the box and go for a Southern Lebanese Army M50 :coolio2:
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Yes that is a Blue-Gray with dark blue/black stripes...:bigrin:
 

iambrb

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How Verrrry interesting!!!

Last time I listened to you I wound up (still) building up a vignette with almost 100 sunflowers!

So let me chew this one over, I am getting tired of Sand Grey
 

iambrb

Well-known member
Hoo-Whee is this thing ever a Dragon kit! I had read an article regarding This kit and it’s ‘difficulties’ and am REALLY living it!

so each HVSS suspension assy is 12-14 parts!
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errains

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Outstanding Bruce!!!....and it looks like they are even and straight.
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iambrb

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A bit more as of late. I am going with rhe a Lebanese version, even found all the correct paint! To that end, if you look at those pics of the Lebanese tanks, you’ll see that the were supplied with no tools or any of that lot as you would normally find on ‘Shermie’s’ . Issue is, this Dragon kit ha holes all over the Hull for tools, so I had to stretch spruce, sink it in and cut/sand
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iambrb

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Next up was the Turret. A highly esteemed member here (cough-Eric...cough...) donated a DEF model turret, whose ring had already been modified for a Tamiya kit. I was too high, so I took my hand ol' wood rasp to it and thinned it down, to like paper thing then fitted it, and here is where said turret sits. Note that I have to take off the very top bit
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iambrb

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So as you can see the rasp worked really well. There were two versions of this French-designed improved gun, both with & w/out the canvas mantlet cover, but the one in the pic had it (as did most). So I got out the razor saw and removed a small bit of the mantlet and installed it. I have a tiny bit to patch in one side, but I feel good with this. Won’t put much else on the turret till the end as the remaining bits are quite fragile, but again, not bad. I will add that this turret or the Verlinden product is VERY necessary as the kit turret is seriously not shaped right around the turret bustle3F6C006B-7310-46B5-B2BA-2CE7044F186C.jpeg2E0542E3-880A-4A76-99EA-0216E456E5F5.jpeg045F796E-C0F7-4156-87DC-D84DB5498BF9.jpeg4E51B319-7F60-40AA-88B7-BE804E137C81.jpeg
 

errains

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Looking Great there Bruce! That turret really improves the over all appearance of the kit. Keep up the good work!
:victory:
 

iambrb

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So feeling a bit of the blahs as of late:
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And today was a bit of a frustrating one for this model.
Sinkmarks anyone?

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also the tracks proved to be doubly frustrating. The guide horns have big seams and there are pin marks in the main track
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So it looks like aftermarkets are in order! So that’s it for today, sorry there’s no better to report
 
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iambrb

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Ok feeling pretty good about today's efforts! So with the exception of needing to fill in some holes in the fender and at the rear where the telephone box should be, it is really looking nice. Here it is just 'setting' together, the upper, lower, & turret are not glued in place. So besides a few empty brackets I am basically I am at a stop-point until the tracks come in and i can get them assembled, but overall looking quite nice I do say!

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iambrb

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OK so I now have both a seat of Tamiya M51 rubber band tracks plus a set of AFV Resin tracks, so time to get the running gear on this, right? Not so fast. Only Dragon would design this to have no securing pins or any of that on the trailing wheel! So I drill holes & make my own pins, no prob., right?
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Not so fast. Note the 'hub' where I installed the pins. Turns out this makes the return wheel stand out waaaaaay to far! So I had pull the pins back out, and do surgery. Note how much of the hub is gone (Hint: try ALL of it)
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But hey, at least it all lines up now! So then I had to re-drill the holes. Also, the two wheels themselves basically fell apart when I tried to drill out one part just a tad, so I took them apart, drilled more, and made a long pin that goes thru both wheels and into the 'hub,' or whats left of it. Came out nice but man is thing ever some work.

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