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General Discussions / Re: What's Warlord up to?
« on: Today at 10:53:11 AM »
I see - no wonder they look better than the current Warlord US Infantry.  I assume we won't see them released in less than a year.

I think Rubicon have modelled their figures on the Perry dimensions.  They're not true scale. 

General Discussions / Re: What's coming for Q2/18?
« on: Today at 09:53:30 AM »
Yes, the Soviet decals look particularly good.

They are usually referred to as “width indicators” or “width indicator poles”.  They were driving aids so the driver knew where the edges of the mudguards were.

I think this is a photo of a Tamiya SfKfz 223...

Showcase & Gallery / Re: Tracks' M4 Medium tank thread
« on: April 25, 2018, 06:58:33 PM »
The plastic Sherman kits offered by Warlord Games are made by two different companies. The M4 kit was made by Italeri while both the M4A4 kits were made by PSC. I think both are good plastic kits, but I would have to agree with you in that the Italeri kit is a little better than the PSC kits.

The plastic Sherman V is okay, but no better than that.  The detail is very chunky, and parts of it are overscale.  It looks more like a resin model than a plastic one.  As I've mentioned, I threw my Vc Fireflies away when the Rubicon M4 and M4 Composite kits came out. 

Will there also be resin T-34 tracks?  While the plastic tracks are pretty good, I am quite interested in Rubicon's planned range of extra-detailed replacement tracks.

Showcase & Gallery / Re: WIP Rubicon Shermans
« on: April 24, 2018, 12:34:01 AM »
Apart from British-style stowage, I've added some detail to the rear plate on the vehicles with their sandshields partially removed (which covers the joins), and inserted the missing inner section of the rear sandshields.  One tank has a .30 cal mounted on the cupola, as the British seem to have preferred this to the .50 cal. 

Showcase & Gallery / Re: WIP Rubicon Shermans
« on: April 24, 2018, 12:28:06 AM »
Now there are 3...

Same pattern as the Grant.  Here's an example:

They were different (I can't post photos so I can't put up an example). But now you mention it, it looks as though the sandshields fabricated by the British for the Sherman were fairly quickly replaced by the factory installed type (i.e. the ones on the Rubicon sprue).  So I guess there's no real need for another set of sandshields in an early M4A1 kit.

Rubicon have indicated that they are doing the parts for an early M4A1 (vertical bogies, bolted transmission housing), so we could be looking at different M4A1 hulls - early small hatch with direct vision ports, later small hatch, perhaps with applique armour, and large hatch (76mm) version.  If there is an early M4A1 in the works, I would hope it also includes the British pattern sandshields, although that might be asking for too much...

Too late to do that now as all the plastic sprues for the early Panzer IV had been done.  We had looked into something similar to your idea but felt the structure would be too weak as a wargaming kit.

You’ve done exactly the same thing very successfully before (like the engine deck insert in the M10/M36 kit).  And this option was suggested a while ago...

Showcase & Gallery / Re: Jimmys WIP Thread
« on: April 20, 2018, 10:00:17 PM »
Ripley - apparently colours will always appear darker on a smaller object.  That's why colour chips can be confusing.

Showcase & Gallery / Re: Jimmys WIP Thread
« on: April 20, 2018, 06:40:02 PM »
I've linked that Zaloga thread before.  The trouble is that the supposedly correct shade of OD always looks too brown.  I prefer something more like the colour that Tracks used for his US tanks.

Showcase & Gallery / Re: Tracks' M4 Medium tank thread
« on: April 20, 2018, 10:55:30 AM »
Even easier to make might be the Field Expedient Jumbo. We would start with the Rubicon Models M4A3 / M4A3E8 Sherman (Product Code: 280042) to make a Field Expedient Jumbo. These were created using 76mm gun armed M4A3 with HVSS by increasing the armor protection with additional armor welded to the glacis and turret. The additional armor was scavenged from wrecked tanks (German and American), but not from knocked-out tanks that burned - the heat of the intense fire compromised the steel. Other M4s were preferable because the entire glacis plates from wrecked Sherman tanks could be cut out and welded to the vehicle without needing to move gun travel lock or cutting a hole for the bow MG.

I would like to see you do one of these!

It would be relatively easy for Rubicon to produce an M4A3E2 resin upgrade.  It would  require a resin turret, preferably with a separate mantlet, and a new transmission housing.  I suppose the hull could just be modified with plastic card, but I'd hope that Rubicon would do the hull in resin as well.

We seem to have hijacked Tracks' thread...

Showcase & Gallery / Re: Tracks' M4 Medium tank thread
« on: April 19, 2018, 10:40:59 PM »
...(and we all remember Pinky's opinion on the currently available options).

Which one?  I lose track  :P

I would rather Rubicon took their time and put out an M4A1 with all the options for an early version, as they seem to be planning.  The 76mm version is an easy one for them, as it just involves a new hull.

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