Monday, 24 August 2015

6MMRPC Update: Moar Moar Shermans (Finished!)

Just following up on my update from last week, I managed to finish off these 4 Shermans yesterday and get a quick video update done.


But had no time to do the actual Blog entry before bed!

To be honest, it's much the same and much the same as the previous batch. These 2 x M4 (Sherman I's) and 2 x M4A4 Firefly's means that two troops of Shermans are finished and I've made some inroads into the others. I've 3 Sherman I's still to build along with a IC Firefly and 2 Sherman I's built but needing stowage and details.

I also need to go back over the 4 I had already done (a Sherman I and 3 converted Sherman I Hybrids) and sort the turret decals and upgrade the paint scheme a little.

These are some quick shots of the most recent batch, now with some slight weathering.





Turret numbers are all accurate for the positions within the squadron, hence these 4 jump around a bit. I'm much happier with these number decals, they are a decent size and nice and clear.










One thing I'm not sure about are the barrels for the Fireflys - I've left them just with the pattern underneath and not black on top. I had done the first one with the black:


And I'd appreciate feedback on what looks better! Historically I think I could get away with doing either. I also may need to trim the aerials on the current batch, as I cut them a bit long (easier to trim them down).

13 comments:

  1. Nice looking armour Jamie!!! Lovely finish on the kits and bases!!!

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    1. Thanks Paul. I'm feeling like it's been a bit samey the last few weeks, but I suppose painting British WW2 vehicles is going to be a bit like that.

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  2. Those yellow numbered decals look great.

    I think the barrels painted both black and white look best.

    Great stuff sir.

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    1. Thanks Dai - I'll take your advice on board, it seems the black and white finish might be the way to go.

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  3. Looking good. Yellow decals look so nice. A splash of colour in a sea of olive drab (or whatever colour the British used...).

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    1. Thanks Cameron - it seems there is a bit of a debate about the turret number colour (all the pics are black and white!), but I've seen a very good article where someone has sampled known colour shades in black and white pictures and sampled it against the turret numbers. The evidence seems to indicate that for 144RAC during this period yellow would be correct (although possibly with a white edge). It also matches the colour of the squadron markings, which makes sense.

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  4. More fine work there, the bases really help the tanks jump out.

    Firefly barrels look slightly better to me with the black on top. I'll have to try it myself!

    Great suff.

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  5. Jamie
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    Could you do me a favour please and let me know the codes of the Mininatur tuft and flower packs you use please? Looking online it's hard to make out whats what!

    Cheers,

    Lee.

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    1. I'll have a look when I get home tonight and drop you a line.

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    2. Hi Lee, I use:

      717-22 S (Short tufts Summer)
      726-21 S (Tufts with blossoms spring) - these are white and yellow in one pack
      727-23 S (Long tufts early fall)

      Hope this helps!

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  6. Smashing work particularly the additional stowage kit and tufts

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  7. Those yellow decals look great! Where do you get them? I'd love to use some of those!

    Thanks!

    Cam

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    1. Thanks Cam, The turret numbers are from I-94 (pack number LY-100 Yellow Letters & Numbers 06" 08" 10"). The squadron markings were, I think, from Doms Decals. Hope this helps.

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