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RFM Sherman w/ Interior WIP
Doodeck
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Croatia Hrvatska
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Posted: Friday, July 10, 2020 - 11:54 PM UTC
Well, it's here!
The kit arrived yesterday, so naturally I had to cut into plastic and glue something right away.
At first inspection, kit has great details and texture, parts fit reasonably well (some fit great, some need a little bit of liquid putty). On the other hand, some parts need scraping and sanding from excess plastic, but nothing major. Also, there is a lot of pin and sink marks, I am not sure which ones will be visible, so I am taking the safe route and dealing with them all.
Overall, seems like a great fun is in front of me.
Here are 3 pics I took in a hurry with my phone, more to follow when things start to take shape.


Panzer_Modeler
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Posted: Saturday, July 11, 2020 - 01:48 AM UTC
Cool! I will be watching this thread!
KoSprueOne
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Posted: Sunday, July 12, 2020 - 02:59 AM UTC
I'll watch this build. I've recently bought this kit as well.




Doodeck
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Posted: Saturday, July 18, 2020 - 11:36 PM UTC
Small progress:
Engine parts need a lot of cleanup. Some parts even needed some surgery to fit. Still have some cosmetic work to do but I don't want to lose my nerves too much because at the end not much will be visible after all.

Upper part of the body is mostly done. I managed to break that 3 piece PE protector on the right front so I had to take the plastic one from the old Dragon kit to replace it. Tools wil be fit later in the build, they dont have straps molded on them so I will try to improvise something with masking tape. Maybe.

Starting the work on the interior. Fitting of the parts that assemble the lower part of the tank is overall great, no complaints there.
Panzer_Modeler
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Posted: Sunday, July 19, 2020 - 02:48 AM UTC
Looks great! The engine is a beauty!
Doodeck
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Posted: Monday, July 20, 2020 - 06:57 AM UTC
This is an example of flash that you have to deal with on a tiny parts.

Or take a look at the firewall. The side that goes toward the crew compartment is perfect, but then you turn it and see the sink mark horror on the engine compartment side...
Doodeck
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Posted: Thursday, July 23, 2020 - 06:34 AM UTC
Engine compartment mostly done. Had to sand cca 1mm from the exhaust pipes and firewall didn't want to sit in place so I had to glue it with CA glue for a strong bond. I dryfitted the upper hull and everything seems to fall in place. For now.

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Posted: Thursday, July 23, 2020 - 07:51 AM UTC
Very nice!
BigSplashBear
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Australia
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Posted: Thursday, July 23, 2020 - 01:49 PM UTC
I do understand that the ejector pin marks look somewhat horrible. However, in your next photo of the completed engine and firewall, the ejector pin marks appear to be well covered by elements of the engine compartments.
Doodeck
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Posted: Thursday, July 23, 2020 - 06:20 PM UTC
Yes, luckily they are completely covered, so no need to sand them
deathdork
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Posted: Thursday, July 23, 2020 - 07:39 PM UTC
I wanted to thank you for this blog, Nice work!
Doodeck
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Posted: Tuesday, July 28, 2020 - 06:49 AM UTC
Small update...
Transmision is done, still needs washes when the paint dries. It went together without major issues. Chipping and some dirt on the bottom is next thing to be done before glueing the front part with transmission.



Dryfitting the upper part... Seems that everything fits.


Doodeck
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Posted: Tuesday, August 04, 2020 - 01:02 AM UTC
Small update:



ninjrk
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Posted: Tuesday, August 04, 2020 - 05:52 AM UTC
You're doing a lovely job and you're rather selling me on this kit!
Doodeck
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Posted: Friday, August 07, 2020 - 10:16 PM UTC
Interior almost done. Some more chipping and dirt and that's it I think.




joepanzer
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Posted: Saturday, August 08, 2020 - 01:59 AM UTC
Beautiful work!!!!

Is it all OOB?
panamadan
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Posted: Saturday, August 08, 2020 - 02:37 AM UTC
You’re a good salesman for this kit.
Great job!
Doodeck
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Croatia Hrvatska
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Posted: Saturday, August 08, 2020 - 03:35 AM UTC
Thanks guys!
Yes, everything is OOB which works for me, but I guess superdetailers could improve it a lot.
Shermania
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Posted: Saturday, August 08, 2020 - 03:45 AM UTC
Fantastic work!
Doodeck
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Croatia Hrvatska
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Posted: Wednesday, August 12, 2020 - 05:58 AM UTC
Small progress:
Lower and upper halves of the body glued together, perfect fit.
Black primer, main color Olive Drab Dark, light modulation with Olive Drab Base and satin protection before the weathering steps.



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Posted: Wednesday, August 12, 2020 - 10:21 AM UTC
Fantastic kit and inspiring build, thank's for sharing.
panamadan
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Posted: Wednesday, August 12, 2020 - 01:23 PM UTC
Have you seen this site-
http://the.shadock.free.fr/sherman_minutia/manufacturer/m4a376w/m4a3_76w.html
Doodeck
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Posted: Wednesday, August 12, 2020 - 06:33 PM UTC
Dan, thanks for the link!
panamadan
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Posted: Wednesday, August 12, 2020 - 11:26 PM UTC
Glad to help.
oldbean
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Posted: Wednesday, August 12, 2020 - 11:45 PM UTC
An awesome job! My only observation is that it looks like you painted the .30 cal boxes next to the assistant driver white instead of olive drab.

Jesse