Author Topic: Sherman M4A3E8 - 4th Armored division - Bastogne 1945 - RFM 1:35  (Read 1569 times)

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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:

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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 »
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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:
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Re: Sherman M4A3E8 - 4th Armored division - Bastogne 1945 - RFM 1:35
« Reply #25 on: July 29, 2022, 06:35:24 PM »
I tried to apply the Color Modulation process, (lighter area painted with a lighter color layer, darker area painted wirh a darker color layer).
I lighted the base color (Olive drab) with a small amount of yellow and I darkened with a little amount of dark gray ...


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The first step after airbrush "modulation" is to add pin washes ...


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... to be continued ..

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Re: Sherman M4A3E8 - 4th Armored division - Bastogne 1945 - RFM 1:35
« Reply #26 on: July 29, 2022, 06:36:35 PM »
This is a nice looking tank! What paint are you using?

Hi Frank,
I 'm using Gunze H502 and Tamiya XF-62 Olive Drab.

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Re: Sherman M4A3E8 - 4th Armored division - Bastogne 1945 - RFM 1:35
« Reply #27 on: August 03, 2022, 02:46:14 AM »
I applied Blue oil in shadow areas and yellow in light areas, then I melt the colors with a brush moisten in thinner


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Re: Sherman M4A3E8 - 4th Armored division - Bastogne 1945 - RFM 1:35
« Reply #28 on: August 03, 2022, 10:40:01 AM »
 :D :smiley:
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Re: Sherman M4A3E8 - 4th Armored division - Bastogne 1945 - RFM 1:35
« Reply #29 on: August 07, 2022, 05:26:30 AM »
I'm proceeding with the weathering applying oil paints, rain marks effects and pigments ... the model begins to acquire a dusty and worn look ...


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Re: Sherman M4A3E8 - 4th Armored division - Bastogne 1945 - RFM 1:35
« Reply #30 on: August 07, 2022, 08:12:06 PM »
 :smiley: :smiley:
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Re: Sherman M4A3E8 - 4th Armored division - Bastogne 1945 - RFM 1:35
« Reply #31 on: August 09, 2022, 10:56:43 PM »
Tracks assembled ...


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and installed ...


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Re: Sherman M4A3E8 - 4th Armored division - Bastogne 1945 - RFM 1:35
« Reply #32 on: August 09, 2022, 11:27:40 PM »
Wow! The tracks and the weathering are fantastic!

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Re: Sherman M4A3E8 - 4th Armored division - Bastogne 1945 - RFM 1:35
« Reply #33 on: August 10, 2022, 04:08:00 AM »
Wow! The tracks and the weathering are fantastic!

Couldn't agree more! The weathering looks thorough but subtle. Very nice  :smiley:
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Re: Sherman M4A3E8 - 4th Armored division - Bastogne 1945 - RFM 1:35
« Reply #34 on: August 13, 2022, 02:12:09 PM »
Meanwhile I started to work to the winter scenery ...


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Re: Sherman M4A3E8 - 4th Armored division - Bastogne 1945 - RFM 1:35
« Reply #35 on: August 13, 2022, 09:29:33 PM »
 :smiley:
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Re: Sherman M4A3E8 - 4th Armored division - Bastogne 1945 - RFM 1:35
« Reply #36 on: August 13, 2022, 11:43:53 PM »
Marvellous work!  :-*
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Re: Sherman M4A3E8 - 4th Armored division - Bastogne 1945 - RFM 1:35
« Reply #37 on: August 14, 2022, 03:07:32 AM »
Yes, an excellent base  :smiley:
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Re: Sherman M4A3E8 - 4th Armored division - Bastogne 1945 - RFM 1:35
« Reply #38 on: August 15, 2022, 04:36:09 PM »
Tank almost completed and weathered ...


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Crew ready to be paint ...


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Any tips to improve the model is welcome  ;)

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Re: Sherman M4A3E8 - 4th Armored division - Bastogne 1945 - RFM 1:35
« Reply #39 on: August 17, 2022, 02:30:38 PM »
Tank integrated in the scenery and ready for the crew ...


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Re: Sherman M4A3E8 - 4th Armored division - Bastogne 1945 - RFM 1:35
« Reply #40 on: August 17, 2022, 10:35:42 PM »
Looking very good, Rod! :smiley:
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Re: Sherman M4A3E8 - 4th Armored division - Bastogne 1945 - RFM 1:35
« Reply #41 on: August 18, 2022, 12:04:25 AM »
It looks fantastic. Where did you get the crew from?


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Re: Sherman M4A3E8 - 4th Armored division - Bastogne 1945 - RFM 1:35
« Reply #43 on: August 18, 2022, 01:45:26 AM »
 :smiley:
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