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PostPosted: Wed Sep 08, 2010 11:50 pm 
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DeSimone Sherman
I finally aquired a DeSimone Sherman in 1/6th scale I pick it up this comming Friday. It is a static kit but I may make it rc, but will have to do alot of thinking on this. Have to decide what to use for the motor/gearbox units, what ESC to use etc. Here is a pic of the basic kit. Suggestions and comments welcomed.... Harold
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I am going to need a 50cal MG for my Sherman which of these two guns would you suggest?
The DRAGON U.S. M2 .50 Cal Browning Machine Gun Kit w/ Tripod
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The DID US M2 .50 Cal Machine Gun(Real Metal)
Opinions greatly appreciated... Thank you in advance.... Harold

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PostPosted: Thu Sep 09, 2010 11:50 pm 
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Well I ordered the DML one last night from TSB and it was shipped out today and a nice refund on the shipping to boot. For the life of me I can't seem to find the build on the DML 50cal. Does anyone have a link to this build? One of the pics shows extra notches part just behind the carrying handle section

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PostPosted: Fri Oct 22, 2010 2:00 pm 
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Well I couldn't resist starting to start working on my JD Sherman I got from Shane(GeneralSpecific) and started to tackle the turret. I scrapped the turret hatches that came with it and decided to make my own. The commanders hatch will have rotateing vission port. I find that JB Quick(a type of JB Weld) works great on this tank, haven't tried epoxy yet. Here are a few pics of the work so far. As always comments are most welcomed.... Harold
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 22, 2010 2:00 pm 
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Update:
Work continues. I have now finished the commander's vision port, and it rotates nicely. I have drilled the opening for the commader's external site to be viewed from. I have also added the mg socket to the rear side of the copula. Here are the latest pics...
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Here are a few pics of an actual periscope insert for a Sherman tank. A friend gave me this many years ago was still wrapped in it padded cover and in the original carton. I included these pics so all can see what an actual periscope lense looks like
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Here is a pic taken through the lense and yes those are my fingers you see in the window
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 22, 2010 2:01 pm 
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This Sherman is located at the tank museum(open air) in S. Calif in Rosemead. What is the designation of this Sherman? The photo titles say M4A3d and a placard(sign) in front of the tank says 76. Thank you in advance.... Harold

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PostPosted: Tue Oct 26, 2010 1:48 am 
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Update:
Here is how I made the new barrel for the Sherman. I didn't like the the stock barrel as it was just a piece of tubbing with no taper to it.I took an old open face fishing rod and removed the handle from the rod, and cut it to a length longer than required. The 1st pics I have started the 1st wrap of cotton butchers cord. I tack glue every 20 wraps just incase it slips out of my hand to save re-wrapping the cord. It only will un-wrap back as far as the last tacked spot
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Fiber glass fishing rod barrel core now fully wrapped
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Next pic I have coated the first wrapping with several coats of Elmer's yellow carpenters glue, sanding between each coat, and started the second wrapping
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Second wrapping completed
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The second wrapping has had 3 to 4 coats of glue, sanding between coats. The barrel has been cut to length and an insert glued into the barrel core
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The next group of pics are of the barrel glued to the mantlet, "ears" added to the mantlet.
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The next pics are of the inside of the barrel assembly
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 26, 2010 1:48 am 
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Update:
Well I screwed the mantlet assembly to the turret to see how she looks with the main gun on the turret. I then proceeded to scratchbuild the 50cal mount for the turret. For the post I used the left over upper rad hose piece from my DML Jeep. Here are a few pics of the mount with the gun attached on the commander's copula gun mount base
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 26, 2010 7:32 am 
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You're getting rather good at this Harold!! :D

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PostPosted: Tue Oct 26, 2010 1:31 pm 
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That looks bloody amazing! :D


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PostPosted: Tue Nov 02, 2010 2:03 pm 
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Update:
I decided to tackle the loader's hatch external details, the counter balance assembly. I used a couple ball point springs and a couple pieces of copper wire. Here is what I came up with.
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BLOODY AMAZING!

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PostPosted: Wed Nov 03, 2010 3:48 pm 
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Wow - some lovely engineering and improvisation techniques!

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PostPosted: Thu Nov 04, 2010 2:00 pm 
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Thank you for the kind comments.... Harold

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Update:
I made new hatches for the driver and co driver. The vision periscopes also rotate like the the comander's periscope rotates. I made the guards from heavy copper wire. Here are the latesest pics of the hatches.... Harold
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I wouldn't have put it past you to build the periscopes with tiny mirrors in them that made the units work!

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