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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.

Showcase & Gallery / Re: Tracks' M4 Medium tank thread
« on: April 19, 2018, 07:28:59 PM »
  • M4A3E2 Jumbo
  • M32

Showcase & Gallery / Re: UVS models
« on: April 18, 2018, 06:20:42 PM »
Sorry, but looking at this again confirms why I don't want to work with resin kits.  No offence to Rubicon, whose resin casting is clearly above average.

Showcase & Gallery / Re: Tracks' M4 Medium tank thread
« on: April 18, 2018, 11:02:58 AM »
There were only 4 types of tranny housing  ( 5 if you count Jumbo ) early bolted which had a notch on mg side ( from M3 Lee production) , Sherman  bolted , cast rounded nose , cast sharp nose  . Certain factories used certain types all through their production runs , some factories used 2 or 3 types . One factory still 3 piece bolted  if IRC in  late 44 . The problem is they were all interchangeable . Just like the VSS wheel sets , you could use them to repair any damaged tank ,

I can only find photos of 76mm Shermans with the 'sharp nosed' transmission housing.  This makes sense considering that it was the final version of the transmission housing - it would have been standard by the time the 76mm gun was introduced.  I don't think the rounded version should have been included in the kit. 

General Discussions / Re: Citroen 11CV
« on: April 18, 2018, 10:53:30 AM »
From the pictures I've seen, most seem to be in whatever colour they came in (given that most of the pics were b&w - they look to be dark colours). This is somewhat different to the models you see, with many co-opted by the Germans given a camo scheme. I've not found many painted this way, but here's one used as a staff car by General Kassin at Arnhem (where it was shot up - I don't recall if he was killed, but his driver certainly was & I've cropped the body from the pic as it is a touch grisly).

Kussin was killed as well, and was photographed lying on the other side of the car.  It's an equally grisly photo.

To me, these photos emphasise the fact that the model is a solid lump of resin.  The lack of windows and an interior is very obvious in this scale.

General Discussions / Re: What's Warlord up to?
« on: April 18, 2018, 10:47:33 AM »
These must be a replacement for the current US Army figures.  They do look better.

Showcase & Gallery / Re: Tracks' M4 Medium tank thread
« on: April 17, 2018, 11:43:38 PM »
Lovely painting and weathering, as usual. 

The problem with saving the 'sharp nose' transmission housing from this kit is that all 76mm Shermans seem to have had it, so you shouldn't use the rounded version on this kit.

Btw - for some reason I don't seem to be able to post photos (again!).

General Discussions / Re: What's Warlord up to?
« on: April 16, 2018, 03:36:38 PM »
Warlord have previewed plastic 8th Army and Afrika Korps figures, and what seem to be new US Army figures.

Please, no rubber tyres...

I can see how this is an issue, but the diamond tread pattern is very distinctive.  Maybe this would justify including resin wheels? 

I did some more digging.  According to Tomas Chory’s “Camouflage Colours”, the dark grey and dark brown (Dunkelbraun) camo was ordered pursuant to H.M.1937 No.340 on 12 July 1937.  However, he says that by the invasion of Poland most vehicles were in plain dark grey - mostly to save time and money.  So by the invasion of France, few were in the 2-colour scheme.  The plain dark grey was formalised in July 1940.  This conflicts with authors like de Sisto, who UVS mentioned.

The most recent research indicates that this pattern was in use during the invasion of France - the switch to plain grey was ordered after that campaign.  There is photographic evidence of a 2-colour scheme during the campaign, but most reproductions of black and white photos don't show it clearly at all.  It seems likely that many or even most vehicles were in plain grey.   

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