The Tamiya Israeli M-51 Super Sherman is my entry to the Sandbox Group Build. I first saw a model of this tank in a book I got it back in 1980. It was called, How to build Dioramas by Shepherd Paine. What took my eye about the tank was the size of the gun! It had been made from the hull and turret of an Italaeri/Testors M4A1, and the suspension from a Tamiya M4A3E8. The big 105mm gun was built up from telescoping brass tubing, epoxy putty, and sheet styrene. I had to wait 32 years before Tamiya decided to produce one! Then another 8 years before I could be bothered to start it! As you can see in the photo, Mr Paine added another 4 vehicles to his diorama, and a few buildings! With the speed I go, the tank will be enough for me!
Last Edit: Dec 11, 2020 20:04:53 GMT by PorcoRosso
I've assembled the lower hull which comes in a 'flat pack'. This goes together really well as you would expect from Tamiya. Before assembling the drive sprockets, I cut the polycap down one side. It doesn't mention this in the instructions, but Tamiya does call out for it to be done in their newer releases. This makes it easier from the polycap to slide over the pin when being pushed on. I held the return rollers in place with a tiny amount of Formula 560 canopy glue for priming so I can take them back off for painting. Next step will be the suspension.