Author Topic: Sherman M4A3E8 - 4th Armored division - Bastogne 1945 - RFM 1:35  (Read 1537 times)

Offline Rod The Fixer

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Hi all,
I'm starting to assemble this RFM kit:

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to make this Sherman of the 35th Battalion, 4th Armored division which operated near Bastogne on 1945:

IMG_0021 by Rodolfo Masti, on Flickr

I found only this  picture about this specific tank:

http://www.worldwar2facts.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/4th-Armored-Division-M4-Sherman-medium-tank.jpg

Source: http://www.worldwar2facts.org/

any further help to find other pictures ... would be greatly appreciated 🙂
A quick look inside the box:


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Re: Sherman M4A3E8 - 4th Armored division - Bastogne 1945 - RFM 1:35
« Reply #1 on: May 17, 2022, 06:04:53 PM »
First steps ...


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Re: Sherman M4A3E8 - 4th Armored division - Bastogne 1945 - RFM 1:35
« Reply #2 on: May 20, 2022, 01:25:17 AM »
ower hull assembled ...


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Fitting test ...


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Re: Sherman M4A3E8 - 4th Armored division - Bastogne 1945 - RFM 1:35
« Reply #3 on: May 20, 2022, 08:50:43 AM »
My armour-building self-confidence is feeling nervous, again! :icon_crap:
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Re: Sherman M4A3E8 - 4th Armored division - Bastogne 1945 - RFM 1:35
« Reply #4 on: May 20, 2022, 09:46:54 AM »
It looks like a fun kit - the build is coming along nicely. The tracks look nightmare inducing.

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Re: Sherman M4A3E8 - 4th Armored division - Bastogne 1945 - RFM 1:35
« Reply #5 on: May 29, 2022, 04:52:24 AM »
Interior, first layer of paint


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Engine before the weathering ...


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Re: Sherman M4A3E8 - 4th Armored division - Bastogne 1945 - RFM 1:35
« Reply #6 on: May 30, 2022, 01:37:03 AM »
Engine weathered


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Re: Sherman M4A3E8 - 4th Armored division - Bastogne 1945 - RFM 1:35
« Reply #7 on: May 30, 2022, 03:34:20 PM »
Engine clean one day, weathered the next! :icon_surprised:

It'd take me a week to get from clean to used, & it'd be only a fraction as well done as this! :icon_crap:

Nice work, Rod! :smiley:
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Re: Sherman M4A3E8 - 4th Armored division - Bastogne 1945 - RFM 1:35
« Reply #8 on: May 31, 2022, 02:50:55 AM »
The engine looks great! You can almost smell the grease.

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Re: Sherman M4A3E8 - 4th Armored division - Bastogne 1945 - RFM 1:35
« Reply #9 on: June 12, 2022, 12:28:34 AM »
Interior improvement ...


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Re: Sherman M4A3E8 - 4th Armored division - Bastogne 1945 - RFM 1:35
« Reply #10 on: June 12, 2022, 02:26:33 AM »
Looking good Rodolfo  :smiley:
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Re: Sherman M4A3E8 - 4th Armored division - Bastogne 1945 - RFM 1:35
« Reply #11 on: June 12, 2022, 02:52:40 AM »
 :smiley:
All hail the God of Frustration!!!

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Re: Sherman M4A3E8 - 4th Armored division - Bastogne 1945 - RFM 1:35
« Reply #12 on: June 12, 2022, 03:15:32 AM »
Looking good! How does the RFM kit compared to the (larger) Miniart Tiran?

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Re: Sherman M4A3E8 - 4th Armored division - Bastogne 1945 - RFM 1:35
« Reply #13 on: June 16, 2022, 03:22:16 AM »
Interior completed ...


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Re: Sherman M4A3E8 - 4th Armored division - Bastogne 1945 - RFM 1:35
« Reply #14 on: June 16, 2022, 03:32:26 AM »
Looking good! How does the RFM kit compared to the (larger) Miniart Tiran?

IMHO the RFM assembling process is less complicated then Miniart but the mold is less accurate, a lot of imperfection and the extraction pins is almost everywhere ...


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Re: Sherman M4A3E8 - 4th Armored division - Bastogne 1945 - RFM 1:35
« Reply #15 on: June 16, 2022, 03:33:06 PM »
Strewth! How good can it get? 8)
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Re: Sherman M4A3E8 - 4th Armored division - Bastogne 1945 - RFM 1:35
« Reply #16 on: July 16, 2022, 05:23:30 AM »
Turret interiors assembled ...


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Re: Sherman M4A3E8 - 4th Armored division - Bastogne 1945 - RFM 1:35
« Reply #17 on: July 16, 2022, 06:12:56 PM »
 8) :smiley: :smiley:
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Re: Sherman M4A3E8 - 4th Armored division - Bastogne 1945 - RFM 1:35
« Reply #18 on: July 16, 2022, 10:33:59 PM »
Will the final product be able to be pulled apart so the internal details can be appreciated?

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Re: Sherman M4A3E8 - 4th Armored division - Bastogne 1945 - RFM 1:35
« Reply #19 on: July 16, 2022, 11:23:55 PM »
Will the final product be able to be pulled apart so the internal details can be appreciated?

Unfortunately, when the tank will be assembled it will be possible to pulled apart only the turret...

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Re: Sherman M4A3E8 - 4th Armored division - Bastogne 1945 - RFM 1:35
« Reply #20 on: July 18, 2022, 03:14:19 AM »
Will the final product be able to be pulled apart so the internal details can be appreciated?

Unfortunately, when the tank will be assembled it will be possible to pulled apart only the turret...

Bummer [that's meant as a compliment]

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Re: Sherman M4A3E8 - 4th Armored division - Bastogne 1945 - RFM 1:35
« Reply #21 on: July 23, 2022, 06:43:18 PM »
Turret exterior painted ...


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Re: Sherman M4A3E8 - 4th Armored division - Bastogne 1945 - RFM 1:35
« Reply #22 on: July 27, 2022, 11:21:34 PM »
Hatches and some details added, the tank is almost ready for the weathering ...


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Re: Sherman M4A3E8 - 4th Armored division - Bastogne 1945 - RFM 1:35
« Reply #23 on: July 27, 2022, 11:42:42 PM »
This is a nice looking tank! What paint are you using?

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Re: Sherman M4A3E8 - 4th Armored division - Bastogne 1945 - RFM 1:35
« Reply #24 on: July 28, 2022, 01:42:40 AM »
It's not like I don't already feel inadequate but this next bit is really going to rub it in. :icon_crap:

Keep going, Rod! Love your work! :smiley: :smiley:
"This is the Captain. We have a little problem with our engine sequence, so we may experience some slight turbulence and, ah, explode."