Author Topic: 1/100 NZ armour - Sherman and Stuart  (Read 1932 times)

Offline KiwiZac

  • The Modeller Formerly Known As K5054NZ
1/100 NZ armour - Sherman and Stuart
« on: March 17, 2016, 11:42:56 AM »
Hi all,
When out of town recently for a weekend I finally got around to watching the 2014 WW2 tank drama Fury, and soon found myself wanting to build a model of the eponymous Sherman. However, I'd never built a tank model before, so I figured I should start small and then work my way up to a 1/35 Fury model.

Some idle Wikipedia-ing at work educated me on the 4th NZ Armoured Brigade and their Shermans and Stuarts in Italy, which opened up a whole new field of research and inspiration for me. As luck would have it, I recently had a refund from an online store (an antenna to give us better wi-fi range didn't work with our router) so I used that store credit on these two:

These are 1/100 snap-fit models from Zvezda, manufactured for their wargame "Art Of Tactic" and which cost NZ$8.99 each. I decided this past Saturday night to get started by building them without glue or paint, then take them apart and do it "properly" while waiting for subassemblies on my big Tamiya Mosquito to dry the next day.

I started the Stuart at 4.20pm. 11 parts, total!  :o

I finished both at 5.22pm (Sherman has 16 parts). They have beautiful raised detail including tools and rivets, and delicate machineguns. Very nice detail for wargaming pieces.

Luckily there is a TON of info online about British tank markings, colours etc - which we used too - so I was able to mix the paints needed from what I had. Here's the Sherman in progress as a Kiwi one sometime after the battle at Cassino...

...likewise I made a mix of Khaki Green for the Stuart, which I based on a cool photo of one trundling down my home town's main street in 1943.

And by about 5pm on Monday they were done! The Stuart got a machinegun on the turret (slightly overscale I bet) and two (fuel?)tanks, while the Sherman got a spare wheel and some track links, and both got stretched sprue antennas. No decals were in the kits so I spent most of the build time scrounging in my spares box for stuff that looked about right, and combined with the fact neither are the correct mark for NZ service means I can post them here as whifs! ;-)

Cheap, fun, and quick. And small! The two photos of the completed models are easily twice the size of the actual thing.

My next step will be a couple of Shermans and maybe a Tiger in 1/72 and 1/76 to ease into separate wheels and tracks, before hitting the 1/35 stuff - as well as Fury I'm gathering info for a proper Kiwi Sherman, and a North Africa Stuart/Honey...and I saw a cheap Airfix M113 FSV about the Atomic Centurion?...

Offline Camthalion

  • The man has done a pink tank...need we say more?!
Re: 1/100 NZ armour - Sherman and Stuart
« Reply #1 on: March 18, 2016, 11:17:41 AM »
look good.  Nice work