However, one of the things I've been thinking about recently while painting has been the addition of the canvas covers commonly seen around the gun mantlets of Sherman Flails in the NWE theater to my Sherman Crabs.
Example can be seen below (model by rct75001)
|Picture from http://rctlittlesoldiers.blogspot.co.uk/2011/03/sherman-flail-on-d-day.html - a fantastic blog and I only wish I could get my models to this standard!|
The first step was to remove the late model wide gun mantlet that I had used previously. It was too large to work under any sort of cover. Many of the pictures I had seen online had the flails with the earlier narrow style mantlet (as seen here).
In order to get the fitting right, I discovered I would need to file the Battlefront provided early mantlet down a bit to make it less prominent on the front of the tank.
My first attempts didn't look quite right...
|Not quite right...|
Which seems a much closer fit than my first attempts! I also trimmed down the other version so the same sort of size as the green stuff one.
So that's the work in progress! Let me know what you think!