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Tasca M4A1 Grizzly Guardian
M4A3E8Easy8
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Posted: Sunday, April 08, 2018 - 08:20 AM UTC
Looks like progress.. I am still ogling that cast hull... just speaks to me. I did expect the jig for the boogies to have some sort of addition to check the wheel.spacing... not that it is needed. Are you really going to use metal tracks??
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M4A3E8Easy8
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Posted: Thursday, April 12, 2018 - 09:44 AM UTC
Yes that video puts 1/35th into perspective, it clearly shows me and my failing eyes that I need a 1 to 1 scale E8... then my old back says "stick with the plastic stupid or I will go out" and the wife agrees.. oh well they get horrid gas mileage any way.

I do have a tasca jumbo on the short list so I will look at the way you both did the suspension and then screw mine up accordingly.
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panamadan
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Posted: Wednesday, April 18, 2018 - 04:25 AM UTC
The first photo of the Jumbo is taken at Camp Ripley, MN-I was slightly involved with it's restoration.
What a beast.
Dan
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Posted: Thursday, April 19, 2018 - 11:29 PM UTC
I am probably not going to do the cobra king, was thinking of trying my hand at some shell damage on the frontal armor of the jumbo. Still only a project in the back of my mind, with the kit on the shelf. I also have an E8 sitting next to it... surprise there huh? Might even get crazy and do a dio with the jumbo and an E8 and maybe a destroyed german AT gun that lost the duel with the jumbo... who knows.

It is funny, looking at those pics the first thing that went through my head as that they stole your stand. Though yours is just a touch more classy. Tell em if they keep stealing your stuff they will have to deal with an angry snuggles..
M4A3E8Easy8
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Posted: Sunday, April 22, 2018 - 12:45 AM UTC
Ok so lets just start by saying I have a problem.... Went to the Seattle IPMS show this weekend. As they were annoucing the special awards I walked the few vendors that were left. Guess what, I found the dragon 2005 Dragon Expo M4A3E8 sherman sitting on a table. The vendor was asking $15 for it. Told me it was missing the metal barrel and brass ammo. The rest looked good... you know where this is going. So I bundled it with a late model AFV tiger. So we get the kit home and start looking into it. The sprues were in sealed bags and everything looked good...not so much. Seems that some one started it

So the biggest issue it the lower Hull (laugh now Matt) The hull in the kit has not been touched, the issue is it is not the right hull for the kit. So it looks like I be scratching a hull here. So I may have to borrow some of snuggles skillz here.

Why do I buy every E8 kit?? HELP!!!!
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M4A3E8Easy8
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Posted: Sunday, April 22, 2018 - 10:43 PM UTC
Fromthe curved sponson lowers at the front it looks like an M4A1 hull, The big issue is the fact that the lower seems narrow compaired to the upper and the rear idler mounting is different (the way dragon made it) and I am not sure that there are the parts in the kit to put it together or not. I also noticed that the upper hull has pretty nasty sink marks along the side where the supports are cast on the inside... I hate sanding and filling.... maybe one of those heavy sand bagged tanks Patton loved so much.

PS. Here is me with my fingers crossed that your little blue knife runs off to only be found hours latter...
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M4A3E8Easy8
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Posted: Tuesday, April 24, 2018 - 12:41 AM UTC
Sad to see progress stop, even sadder to see that you are not planning on painting it. Will look foward to progresss when the seasons change and the bug to build returns. Untill then plant sunggles some cat nip and enjoy the out doors. Maybe when I get set up here (read if at this point) I will start a build log of a jacked E8 kit with a scratch built hull.. who knows.
tankglasgow
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Posted: Tuesday, April 24, 2018 - 05:01 PM UTC
Hope to see this back one day, good entertaining stuff. Nearly lost mojo on my takom king tiger a few times, try to get at least one bit done a day even painting one tiny piece just to keep it moving.
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chefchris
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Posted: Tuesday, May 15, 2018 - 05:07 AM UTC
The Formations stuff is nice for sure. Also you can't beat TMD for everything Sherman
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panamadan
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Posted: Friday, August 24, 2018 - 09:33 AM UTC
Just had a visit with the Grizzly at Fagen air museum last weeeknd.
Dan
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rfbaer
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Posted: Monday, November 05, 2018 - 12:54 AM UTC
Lovely, but inevitable.
M4A3E8Easy8
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Posted: Monday, November 05, 2018 - 06:00 PM UTC
Taking a peak at the calander I notice that is should be near the end of gardening season in jolly ole England. Seems to me some one should find his little blue knife and he and snuggles work on a grizzly again... or has work progressed and the hosting site is the issue?
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M4A3E8Easy8
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Posted: Sunday, November 11, 2018 - 02:16 PM UTC
From what I have seen complete butchering is you thing... I saw butcher away. I just finished a slightly screwy dragon E8... long story but done.
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rfbaer
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Posted: Wednesday, December 26, 2018 - 12:05 PM UTC
Mmmmm, more butchery. Bring it! I myself am in the process of whacking and hacking two Trump KV kits and one Eastern Express "kit" to come up with what I think will be a KV-85.....
hopefully.
Understand about those new Tamiya HVSS Shermans, I think I have three, still in the shrink wrap, in the stack.