Academy's M51 'Isherman'; one of those off-and-on builds that often wander around my workbench. Thought I'd show it here as it's been a while since I did an AFV build.
Wasn't expecting too much from the kit, but it's surprised me. Fit is excellent, detail is very, very good for a its' time (1997). As you see it here the main construction is 90% done, just the outside main wheels to add, which I'll do after painting & weathering the rest. The enormous travel lock for the 90mm cannon has also been left-off for now to aid with painting the 'go faster stripe' over the rear deck. Planning on doing this as a 'kerbside' model, so no figures and no storage, but that might change.
Thanks for taking the time to look and please feel free to add a comment or ask a question. More progress in a few weeks - no rush.
Out of the three 'long builds' this has gone the furthest:
My own 'Sinai Grey' base coat.
Now with white highlights.
And then Tamiya 'Hull Red' shadows.
Followed by a second much lighter coat of the base 'Sinai Grey'.
Next I mixed some grey enamel into turps/thinners to make a filter and brushed it all over the hull & turret. Then I clear coated it with Tamiya (aerosol) gloss and added the decals.
Next a medium brown pin-wash which didn't go at all well and some chipping, this looks a bit 'loud' in this pic, but will calm down a lot after some pigments and final filter & flat-coat.
Lastly for now, and where it is up to as I write this, another much darker pin-wash and started picking-out the details like the mantlet cover, tools, jerry cans etc. Lots more to do before the finish line. OK thassit for now for the Super Sherman, thanks for taking the time to look and please feel free to comment, question and criticise.
This is my favourite of your 3 armour builds, you got to admit armour building has a certain gratification to it, it's quick it's easy and if you muck up then just cover it it slime and say it's weathering.
Appreciate that Gary, cheers... Because the other two are at their earliest stages it's difficult to picture them at the other end of the process and that is why I've labelled them all as 'Long builds'.
So in my head, I see this as post 'Six-Day War', stripped-back (hence no .50cal, no spares & stowage etc). and waiting in the queue for a refit & refurb. Would love to find a figure in mechanics overalls that I could use to illustrate the story - if anyone could help with that...