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Tamiya M10

Dads203

Old-Salt
Going to have a crack at this, popping the 43 on the back burner for the time being as it’s a full on build
and with so much scratch building I need a nice easy build to recover.
Inspired by a 11 day break in Normandy last week I’m going to see what I can do with this.


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Just a few aftermarket bits, mainly for the crew.

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Should make a start over the weekend
 
Going to have a crack at this, popping the 43 on the back burner for the time being as it’s a full on build
and with so much scratch building I need a nice easy build to recover.
Inspired by a 11 day break in Normandy last week I’m going to see what I can do with this.


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Just a few aftermarket bits, mainly for the crew.

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Should make a start over the weekend
I've got the Achilles in my stash. Might well have to dig it out.
 

Dads203

Old-Salt
And we are off.

Tamiya quality, you just cant fault it.


Had an hour at the bench yesterday and managed to get this done, I must say that Tamiya raised the bar with these newer releases,
Fits perfectly and is very well engineered. Like the rear idlers that are done in such away that you can tension the tracks, they have allowed the use of AM tracks from the initial design
which is great to see.


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And we are off.

Tamiya quality, you just cant fault it.


Had an hour at the bench yesterday and managed to get this done, I must say that Tamiya raised the bar with these newer releases,
Fits perfectly and is very well engineered. Like the rear idlers that are done in such away that you can tension the tracks, they have allowed the use of AM tracks from the initial design
which is great to see.


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I've always found Tamiya stuff to be very buildable, unlike some of the over engineered, half built Dragon kits I have knocking about.
 

Dads203

Old-Salt
Another small update, just plodding through the running gear now. Just a touch of filler required in the suspension parts but nothing drastic.

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Dads203

Old-Salt
Onto the running gear now,

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Second set being produced.

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Digging about the other Sherman type vehicles in the stash I found these, I got them from a box of second hand figures, probably Telford one year in the past.
I reckon they are US Army WW2 type gear? I think Verlinden ?

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Dads203

Old-Salt
So its on it running gear for the first time. still loads to do so don't expect to see paint any time soon
;)

Aber metal gun barrel, a tad disappointing really, I thought it might have the rifling in the muzzle but it didn't, so the kit version is just as good.

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Debating on using these for this build, it will add a humongous amount of build time to the project.

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Jury is still out on using these, they will take an eon to pop together, box is bigger than the kit box.
 
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Excellent, never made a model of one of these, interested to see it The Big T pull their finger out and make an interesting, accurate fighting compartment interior, they've always held back with interior detail, they can't skip on an open turreted TD.
 

Dads203

Old-Salt
Excellent, never made a model of one of these, interested to see it The Big T pull their finger out and make an interesting, accurate fighting compartment interior, they've always held back with interior detail, they can't skip on an open turreted TD.

The kit gets a bit of flack for the interior from what I have read, the lack of drivers compartment and the usual BS from a few people but I think its actually well done to be fair. If you are fitting the three crew you wont really see much in the forward positions. It fits like a dream and its accurate in the turret dimensions, the first kit that is apparently.
It's a really good basis for taking it further.
 
The kit gets a bit of flack for the interior from what I have read, the lack of drivers compartment and the usual BS from a few people but I think its actually well done to be fair. If you are fitting the three crew you wont really see much in the forward positions. It fits like a dream and its accurate in the turret dimensions, the first kit that is apparently.
It's a really good basis for taking it further.
won't be long before Eduard and CMK get their claws into it, for me fighting vehicle interiors are really the focus of an AFV Model, where the crew ate slept and fought for day after day crammed together in a tight space, it tests the sanity of the hardest among us.
 

Dads203

Old-Salt
Still plodding through the kit parts, more turret detail going in.

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I'll be adding the foundry casting markings to the turret and hull, these are from Archer Decals,
on a side note to that Archer are stopping the dry rub down decals which is a real shame, they cannot get the chemicals to manufacture them any more. So stock up gents if you want any.
 

Dads203

Old-Salt
More progress being made this morning.

Gun breach gets more parts added, the counterweights are added to the rear of the turret.
Basic construction is almost done now. Then onto the detailing. I've removed the blobs on the engine deck and drilled some holes ready for proper handles, likewise for the drivers and radio operators hatches.


One question, to me the drivers periscopes look like they haven't been fitted here, the armoured covers are down and no scope
can be seen, I'm no Sherman expert but I think Tamiya have kitted this based upon a vehicle
that has missing periscopes? Struggling to find some decent pictures to see the setup but I think its a bit of an oversight, without scopes you can't see where you are going when closed down
:o


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These up soon,

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And these ready for the crew figures

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Dads203

Old-Salt
The second piece of aftermarket added. Armourscale antenna base
:o

Good going for me, normally its full of AM parts by now.

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Going to add this to the build. I think these are the best AM .50's around.

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More progress being made this morning.

Gun breach gets more parts added, the counterweights are added to the rear of the turret.
Basic construction is almost done now. Then onto the detailing. I've removed the blobs on the engine deck and drilled some holes ready for proper handles, likewise for the drivers and radio operators hatches.


One question, to me the drivers periscopes look like they haven't been fitted here, the armoured covers are down and no scope
can be seen, I'm no Sherman expert but I think Tamiya have kitted this based upon a vehicle
that has missing periscopes? Struggling to find some decent pictures to see the setup but I think its a bit of an oversight, without scopes you can't see where you are going when closed down
:o


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These up soon,

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And these ready for the crew figures

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It's not me cracking up then. They have done the same on their new Sherman Easy 8. The periscopes for inside the hatches are there, but all the armoured top covers are closed. I tried slicing the cover off but it didn't quite work.
 

Dads203

Old-Salt
It's not me cracking up then. They have done the same on their new Sherman Easy 8. The periscopes for inside the hatches are there, but all the armoured top covers are closed. I tried slicing the cover off but it didn't quite work.

Nope, I was trying to understand how they work but it looks like they missed this bit of detail which is shame. Tasca got it right with their Sherman range so i'll have a dig about in my spares box.

Crew time. Kit figures used.


These are very very good indeed, 3D scanned and ooze quality, no filler used so far
on these guys but a bit more fine tuning is required yet with some of the head positions and jacket collars.
Probably some of the best detail I have seen on standard kit figures. The fit is sublime with no gaps with all parts keyed so that they line up. Hornet resin heads used as they are just a cut above the kit heads. some things you just cant do with plastic and resin wins.

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Mike Barton

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Can I ask a very bone (and off-thread) question on behalf of Daily Mail journalists everywhere? If it's official designation is a 'tank destroyer', does that mean it's not actually a tank? Because it looks big and green and made of steel with a gun on a revolving turret and it rolls on caterpillar tracks, so 99% of us would call it a tank, would we be terribly wrong?
 
Can I ask a very bone (and off-thread) question on behalf of Daily Mail journalists everywhere? If it's official designation is a 'tank destroyer', does that mean it's not actually a tank? Because it looks big and green and made of steel with a gun on a revolving turret and it rolls on caterpillar tracks, so 99% of us would call it a tank, would we be terribly wrong?
Stick to AFV.
 
Nice Wiki stowage reference here:

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The accurate kit really highlights the thin armour on the turret sides. As well as the obvious airburst danger, they must have been vulnerable to anything bigger than 7.62 AP on the battlefield, and would have suffered appalling casualties to fighter aircraft in an environment without air superiority (which the allies always had where these were deployed. Perhaps like Bovington's SU-76 which was destroyed by heavy machine gun fire.
 

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