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Old 07-11-2007, 05:52 PM
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This thing Sher is tiny!

1/72 DML M4A1 Sherman that is.

I picked up this kit at the local shop for $10 just for S&G earlier this week. While I'm waiting for paint to cure on the jeep, I thought I'd dive in. This build will be a "weathering mule", one where I will experiment with various techniques that I've wanted to try, but have been afraid to do so. This way, if I stuff it up, I'm only out $10. It will also be an excellent exercise in airbrush control, given the diminutive size.

Upon opening the box, I was quite pleasantly surprised. This is nice little kit! Fine detail, and some of the features you'd expect to see in the 1/35 big brother such as PE, metal towing cable, etc.

First off the obligatory pics showing contents.

Boxtop:


To give you an idea of size, I've placed three coins (Cdn quarter, UK 10 pence, 50 Euro cents) in the pics that most of you have in your pocket. My apologies to the friends to the south, as I had no US quarter, but yours is the same size as mine.

Upper and lower hull:


Clearer shot of hull details:


Turret parts, as well as lower hull details:


Closeup of turret:


More:


VVSS Running gear:


More fiddly bits:


DS tracks, PE sheet, decals, and metal tow rope:


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Old 07-11-2007, 08:08 PM
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With as far as Dragon has come in terms of detail it suprises me to see molded on tools. Big minus. Especially since alot of U.S. crews hid their pioneer tools inside the tanks to keep them from walking off. Everything alse looks real nice though.

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Hey Kevin. I've built DML's M4A3 (76) and M4A4 in 1/72 and they turn out to be really spiffy builds. Have fun with this one.

Word of caution: some parts are so small that when you first glue them on, they'll wiggle around and appear to not bond. Just give them time to dry (I'm thinking here of the headlights, brush-guards and periscope guards especially).

I also found that it helped to warm up the DS track with a hair-dryer to keep it from cracking as I wrapped it around the sprocket. Warm though, not heat.

warm...


as for the molded on tools, they look fine once you paint them
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Yep, that's small...or else you Canadians have huge coins!


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I tink ur gonna needz magnification, eh?
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Thanks for the interest guys, and especially Ralph for the tips.

I was able to get the lower hull assembly completed last night, and the tracks are temporarily fitted. I'll post a few pics later on. I'm thinking that the best way to approach this one is to paint the running gear and tracks first, then mask them off for painting of the upper hull and turret.

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I think that's a good idea!

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Good to see a 1/72 build and you've picked a good subject

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I'm thinking that the best way to approach this one is to paint the running gear and tracks first, then mask them off for painting of the upper hull and turret.

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Thats how I did it. Kitchen foil works well as a mask.
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