So I decided to take this project off the shelf after starting it about 10-12 years ago if my memory serves me correctly. It’s an old Panzer concepts hull and turret with aluminum barrel designed for the Tamiya M4 Sherman. My goal as to use only what I had in my stash. I gathered tons of extra parts (especially suspension elements) from Dragon, Tamiya, Academy, initially an interior set for an M3 from Verlinden, an interior set from Tank Workshop, tracks from RHPS and an M34/M34A1 set from Resicast. I don’t have a breech for the 105mm do I will try to scratch build one (suggested by 18Bravo ) and just attach it to the Resicast gun somehow. I’m not going for accuracy. I will be leaving the hatches open I think, not sure. I might be putting it in a diorama.The only thing I purchased was a set of decals from Star, set #35-991. I was looking for some different markings that would add interest to this kit and when I saw them while browsing I just bought them. I plan on doing a winter white wash scheme and will be trying the hairspray method for the first time. I’ll be experimenting on an old model first of course.
The suspension came mostly from dragon, except for the skids which came from an academy kit. I used bolts from Meng on them. Sone are from Modelkasten. I think they are a tad too big but to hell with it. I started with the Verlinden M3 transmission and drive shaft. Not sure if it’s identical to the M4 but too late to rip anything out. I then used the Tank Workshop interior. The quality wasn’t great as some of the parts were not cast well, some levers are completely missing for the drivers station and I did have to do some cutting and sanding to get everything to fit. I don’t have ammo storage for the 105 rounds so just used the ones that came with the kit. Most of it won’t be seen anyway. Sponsons were made from plastic card of course. The air cleaners were from the Panzer concepts kit as well as the rear hull plate. I added rods from plastic and wing nuts from a Verlinden PE set. Here are some pics, comments welcome.
I have a question about the radios. The one on the left is from the Tamiya kit, Verlinden on the right. I can’t figure out which radio they’re supposed to be : SCR - 508, 528, or 538.