Sunday, 19 January 2014

15mm Sherman Hybrids

As I was expanding my number of Shermans (in order to give me the option to field a armoured list as well as my Infantry company), I decided to try and include some Sherman I Hybrids in my force.

The Sherman I Hybrid:





The reasoning behind the production of this model of Sherman was that a cast hull (like the Sherman II) is cheaper than a welded hull (like the Sherman I). Chrysler started producing these Sherman Composites (or Sherman I Hybrids) in 1943. From what I have read and seen from period pictures, 33 Armoured Brigade had a relatively large number of these hybrid models. Mechanically they were identical to the basic model M4 Sherman - or Sherman I in British Army parlance.

I had decided I fancied giving converting some of these style of tanks for my army. Nowhere I spotted had the hybrid models in 15mm scale, so I picked up some Sherman II models from eBay and set about attempting to convert them to Hybrid status.

To do this, I decided it would be easier to make the rear hull more angular.

Here's the base model Sherman II from the Battlefront website.


As opposed to the standard Sherman I


See the difference between the very curved and rounded top Sherman versus the very angular second picture? Sherman I Hybrids combine these two with a rounded front hull and a angular rear hull.

And here is my attempt at changing this into a cast front hull and welded rear hull tank:


Obviously, this is stage one - which was to green stuff up along the curved rear hull sections. The other thing these three tanks were missing were the applique armour plates that were added on the lower hull and turret to protect the ammo storage and gunner.

These I clipped out of thin plasticard:


These were applied to the hull and turret - note the green stuff has now been trimmed to give a more angular edge. It's not perfect but hopefully when painted it will be hard to spot:





These tanks are on a odd little base that none of my other FoW tanks have. It may be because these are all cast in resin rather than having the metal track units on a cast hull. Still, I'm not worried about this as when they are based the resin on the base should hide the difference... I hope!

4 comments:

  1. Thanks Ray, very much a work in progress. Just be nice to have some models no one (or very few people) has.

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  2. Very cool project Jamie! These'll look very nice all painted and decaled.

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