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Old 02-26-2013, 09:46 PM
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IDF Sherman Target Tank

Hello fellow modelers and dear friends,

It’s time for a new project, and of course that means posting it here. A while back I came across a photo of this:

http://www.davidpride.com/Israeli_Armor/IL_Armor170.htm

I later found a few more photos in the Verlinden Warmachines book No. 4, and me having such a weak spot for the weird and uncommon decided to take on the build. I will be using Trumpeter’s M4A3 in 1/72 and converting it into the Target Tank with a few scratch items.



This seems like a super fun build so let’s get going.



Ok, ok... Ive been watching way too much Japanese TV... I started working on the suspension and the lower hull. After a few hours they were ready…



Now, if only 1/35th scale was this fast!

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This is going to be great!

Thank you.

Carry on.

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Very interesting subject Dave, and what a great link to a cool site...I'm curious though...who operates thing during, um, "excerises"?
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Very interesting subject Dave, and what a great link to a cool site...I'm curious though...who operates thing during, um, "excerises"?
Thanks Dan,

I really have no idea who would have to pull that duty. They would use only .30 and .50 Cal on it but still, I sure would not like to do it. Maybe Company commanders reserved the duty for whoever screwed up!

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Hello again!

This week has been super busy so not much modeling time (but what else is new? ) Luckily I manage to get some done tonight. Here is a quick update.

I started to make the changes to take the Sherman from an M4A3 to the IDF version. First the rear armor plate needed to be trimmed.



Next up were the front fenders.



The Trumpeter model has all the tools already molded on to the hull. The detail is pretty good, but they had to go since every photo I have shows the tanks without any tools. I used a flat chisel blade to remove them.






That’s it for now, more to come soon.

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Boy chiseling those details off looks fun...or not. I'd replace the whole panel if it were me, but I do like to do things the hard way! Watching this one closely Dave.
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Wow. You don't see usually that much effort in 1:72 builds. Looking forward to your next updates
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Boy chiseling those details off looks fun...or not. I'd replace the whole panel if it were me, but I do like to do things the hard way! Watching this one closely Dave.


Yes, this build has proven to be lots of fun so far. And yes replacing the whole panel would be WAY more difficult.

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Wow. You don't see usually that much effort in 1:72 builds. Looking forward to your next updates


True, but its super fun detailing the little beasties.

Anyways, I finally got a few hours of bench time this weekend. Here is an update of the latest work.

Now that I had a “blank canvas” on the rear deck after removing the tools I was able to add all the details. The model has flat tabs for lifting hooks so I went ahead and drilled small holes and using a 1mm diameter plastic rod I made the hooks.





I then used some left over PE and bent it to create the tool brackets.







The Target Tank has all sorts of armored shields on the back deck to protect the engine intakes from any stray rounds. Using 0.5 mm thick styrene I made the basic shape for one of the shields.



In the photos you can see a large weld going thru the center of the shield. To make the weld, I first place Tamiya tape on about 0.5 mm apart from the center line of the part.



Next I applied liquid cement to the exposed area between the tape and waited a few minutes for the plastic to soften.



Using a X-acto No 11 Knife I textured the area. I made sure the marks were small.



Then I removed the tape to expose the finished weld line.



I used metal wire to make a pair of handles for the shield.



Then all was glued in place along with and extra fuel cap and its shield around it.



I finally made two additional fuel caps (The Insraelis apparently put extra fuel tanks on this one) and put them in place. I used spare PE to make its handles and latches. I also made additional shielding using styrene square strip.



The engine deck is almost complete. Just a few more details and is time to move on to the turret.

Thanks for following the thread.

Until next time

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The updates are looking great.

Thank you.

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