My second (and second-to-last, probably) 1/76 armour build is finished! I bought the Airfix 1/76 M4A2 Sherman with the intention of cross-kitting it with the Italeri 1/72 one with an engine, but got impatient and decided to do it OOB.
I made some minor additions: a white metal MG for the commander's hatch, boxes for stowage on the front and on the turret bustle, a rolled up bit of whatever, some bits on the back and a stretched sprue whip antenna. Done with kit decals as a representative Kiwi Sherman from the Italian campaign.
My final planned 1/76 build is Airfix's Bren Gun Carrier done as a "what if" - my 6pdr-equipped one from the game World of Tanks. No idea when that will be as I haven't heard back from the shop as to when it's actually coming.
Great job on a 55 year old kit.
I've had a couple of goes at the Matchbox/Revell 1/76 Sherman over the years but I've yet to do the Airfix kit. I should pick one up and give it a crack.
Did the decals behave with this kit? - You mentioned you had trouble with the decals in the Airfix M113 FSV kit.
This had classic blue-paper decals which went on like a dream! The M113 ones were on a brown-tinted paper. Very odd.
Thanks for your kind words! It was a lovely little build, but the tracks were hell to try and fix together. I ended up using a heated scalpel as my smallest screwdriver was too big. The tracks also needed a lot of touching-up as the paint flaked off like crazy when I was trying to put them in place.
I have my eye on a Matchbox/Revell Firefly with Aussie troops on TradeMe, probably a cheaper and easier prospect than a 1/35 one.
I think it's still regarded as the most accurate Firefly in Braile Scale - possibly it's the only kit - but I think it's still pretty good.
I really like the Firefly story - how the US sent over the Shermans and the English said sorry this isn't going to cut it with the big boys we're dealing with - so they fitted their own 17pdr guns and created the only British tank capable of tackling Tigers & Panthers. The disruptive camo patterns on the long barrels is because the Germans always targeted Firefly's first so they tried to make them look a little more like a regular Sherman.