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Work In Progress / Re: M4 Sherman - M4A2 Large Hatch 170816
« Last post by Rubicon Models on Today at 09:44:28 PM »
Have not updated our project progress for a while.  The M4A2 moulds are done and are now going through QC.
Unlike our M4A3/M4A3E8, there will be two products for the M4A2:

280054 M4A2(76)W - mounted with a 76mm gun, this kit can be assembled into either a small or large hatch
M4A2(76)W.  And by using the spare tracks from our M4A3/M4A3E8 (280042), you can convert this Sherman
into an M4A2(76)W HVSS too!

280055 M4A2 Sherman / Sherman Mk III - mounted with a 75mm gun, this kit can be made into either a small
or large hatch M4A2.  It can also be assembled into a British M4A2, the Sherman Mk III, as well.









Enjoy!
 ;)
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Work In Progress / Re: Production Schedule - Updated 170521
« Last post by Rubicon Models on Today at 04:05:15 PM »
When do we get a preliminary list of what is in 3Q2017?  We are now half way through the third quarter!

Thanks for the reminder... info updated.
Please check the first post!

;)
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Work In Progress / Re: Production Schedule - Updated 170521
« Last post by EarlyWarGamer on Today at 10:11:06 AM »
When do we get a preliminary list of what is in 3Q2017?  We are now half way through the third quarter!
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Work In Progress / Re: LVT Project - LVT-4 Cargo Bay Details 170814
« Last post by johan on August 15, 2017, 10:53:49 PM »
They are probable extra armoured plates to protect the crew.
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Work In Progress / Re: LVT Project - LVT-4 Cargo Bay Details 170814
« Last post by ripley on August 15, 2017, 08:32:22 PM »
Plus , the panel seems to be mounted too high to use as a seat , your feet wouldn't touch the floor

Judging from this picture , the internal  sides are almost 6 feet high and the panel looks to be mounted over 3 feet high on the sides
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Work In Progress / Re: LVT Project - LVT-4 Cargo Bay Details 170814
« Last post by ultravanillasmurf on August 15, 2017, 02:58:56 PM »
Just had a look through the surviving LVT pdf.

Looking at the French armour museum example, that plate is the right height for a back board for the folding seats (you can see it behind the folded up seat).

It does appear to be present in all the cargo interiors visible.

What we need is someone close to one of them to have a look and report back.
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Work In Progress / Re: LVT Project - LVT-4 Cargo Bay Details 170814
« Last post by ultravanillasmurf on August 15, 2017, 02:50:02 PM »
Looking at the photograph (scale is difficult to judge) the three vertical structures look like they are flattened "loops" and the metal panel is slid through them. There is a dark area at the top that looks like a gap. The long metal plate looks like it is slid through the loops and secured with the three studs visible on the three vertical structures.

If that was the case, it does seem very odd as you could only remove the panel with the rear door down.

It is the wrong shape to protect the sides against the cargo hitting it, the loops project beyond and would be hit.

It could be they are some kind of optional sand shield or trim vane, stored internally to prevent damage.

It is difficult to tell from just the one photograph.
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Work In Progress / Re: LVT Project - LVT-4 Cargo Bay Details 170814
« Last post by ripley on August 15, 2017, 08:21:57 AM »
And if they did fold down , there are no support legs underneath  or ropes / chains from above  to support them. . Plus these things are supposed to carry a platoon ( 30 plus men ) , having fold seats would really cut the personal payload by about half .Haven't found a good walk around or Official Stowage Sketch that explains what the panels are , but still looking  ;D
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Work In Progress / Re: LVT Project - LVT-4 Cargo Bay Details 170814
« Last post by Pinky on August 15, 2017, 12:09:50 AM »
Yes, I posted that photo...

You're right - it doesn't look as though they fold down. 
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Work In Progress / Re: LVT Project - LVT-4 Cargo Bay Details 170814
« Last post by Rubicon Models on August 14, 2017, 04:41:59 PM »
Not the wooden slat seats - they are French.  I mean the flat panels along the interior walls - you have them on your design.  They look as though they might fold down.
Has anyone considered how hard it must have been to stand up in these things in any kind of rough seas?  There are no handholds or anything inside.

Don't think they are seats, but flat panels for access to the wheel assembly outside of the LVT.  Here is a close up photo...

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