Posts Tagged ‘"1/56"’

Perry Miniatures AEC ‘Dorchester’ Armoured Command Vehicle

Posted on November 17th, 2017 under , , , , , , , , , , . Posted by

Fresh from the molds, the AEC Command Vehicle by Perry Miniatures, directly covered as a review as part of the Africa themed week. The AEC 4×4 Command Vehicle was the most common ACV (armoured command vehicle) of the British Army. It was based upon the AEC Matador chassis (although available by the Perrys as code […]

Rubicon Models SdKfz 251/1 Ausf. C

Posted on November 15th, 2017 under , , , , , , , , , , . Posted by

Yesterday we had the shorter command SdKfz 250/3, today it is time for the SdKfz 251/1 Ausf. C by Rubicon Models in a review to shine. The SdKfz 251 series was introduced as an armoured fighting vehicle, and designed to transport Panzergrenadiers (Mechanized Infantry) into battle. With at least 15,000 units (including various variants) the […]

Rubicon Models SdKfz 250/3 “Greif”

Posted on November 14th, 2017 under , , , , , , , , , , . Posted by

Continuing with the Africa theme week, we stay with the vehicle kits, switch the manufacturer to Rubicon Models and take a look at Rommel’s personal command car, the SdKfz 250/3 “Greif”. Rubicon Models released a broad range of armoured vehicles and added later conversion sets to some of them, to give them even more options. […]

Bolt Action Light Tank M3 Stuart ‘Honey’ / M3A1

Posted on November 13th, 2017 under , , , , , , , , , . Posted by

You can’t play a proper Duel in the Sun without the matching gear, and what would be a better match for this as the M3 Stuart? To show you all the different options of this kit in our review we went with the platoon box. The M3 Stuart was used by most of the allied […]

Rorke’s Drift Ready To Go

Posted on November 7th, 2017 under , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Posted by

It’s been a long process, working on my Anglo-Zulu War Armies, and although the figures are all painted (and have been for nearly 10 years) they still await their basing completed. Luckily the terrain is a happier story, thanks to

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Rubicon Models GMC CCKW-353 2,5t Truck

Posted on October 3rd, 2017 under , , , , , , , , , . Posted by

Rubicon released with the CCKW-353 US 2,5 ton 6×6 Cargo Truck an allied counterpart to the amazing Opel Blitz kit (and the accessoires like Maultier available for it). It is one of the lighter vehicles by Rubicon and will be covered in this review. The US Army developed between 1939 and 1940 a 2,5 ton […]

Tinkering….D-Day wading Sherman MK 1 ARV WIP #2

Posted on September 8th, 2017 under , , , , . Posted by

Some more fettling, added the two wading stacks and started the basic stowage load out.Am happy enough with the angle son these, my reference sources vary so with blueprints these are a good compromise.Re-used a few of the S&S parts, note the tempo…

Tinkering….D-Day wading Sherman MK 1 ARV WIP #2

Posted on September 8th, 2017 under , , , , . Posted by

Some more fettling, added the two wading stacks and started the basic stowage load out.Am happy enough with the angle son these, my reference sources vary so with blueprints these are a good compromise.Re-used a few of the S&S parts, note the tempo…

Tinkering.. D-Day wading Sherman Mk 1 ARV

Posted on September 2nd, 2017 under , , , . Posted by


WIP Sherman (Mk III) Mk 1 ARV – D-Day

Been bitten by the Sherman curse again! I started with wanting to do a Sherman ARV following my S&S Cromwell ARV up on flicker…on doing research I though why not a wading Sherman for D-Day, so I thought, easy 2x S&S conversion sets and two M4A4 and we’re off…….

It seems the majority of Commonwealth Shermans used on D-Day were M4A2 (Sherman III) which points towards a M4A2 being my preferred option for this build ( as opposed to an M4A4). The problem now was converting a spare Warlord M4 into an M4A2, which basically is a new engine deck and rear end, oh well here we go…

Starting positions, M4 Hull.

After bit of tinkering, removed the awful molded-on tow cable, the lifting points and rear engine deck parts. Also removed the additional armour plates which would add protection to the ammunition racks, clearly not needed on an ARV!

Refashioned a new rear end and filled in the existing hatch moldings. Tools will be removed later

Bit of a jump  now; originally was going to use the S&S turret cover but decided it was cleaner to reconstruct, so:

a) new turret hatch cover and hatches
b) initial wading truck added
c) Lifting points redone with wire
d) front stowage arrangements added
e) my favorite! the vice!
f) made three tow wires and stowed them
g) added S&S parts, where not remade.

note: the two figures are from the S&S 1/56 British tankers set, an excellent set in pixie suits, I will be modifying obviously ( no pixie suits in June!)

Close up of the hull front, not entirely sure what the rod assemblies were for, they look like station posts?, anyway made them up as per references.

Quick shot of the rear, you can see the re-scribed engine hatches, rear wood block stowages and added the extra fuel points. The actual grill just needs to be representative at this stage as I will add the wading stack and water proofing.

And finally, well for this weekend anyway ( Russkies to assemble and paint!), added two S&S Models crewmen for show!

This one is a “for fun” build, I feel a need for these to keep my skills in, and interest up and I love a challenge, probably not my best commercial decision, i.e time and resources for a vehicle used in one action!

As always with Shermans, something will always bite me, so if I’ve got anything incorrect just shout!

Next up the interesting bit, the rear wading trunks!

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Tinkering.. D-Day wading Sherman Mk 1 ARV

Posted on September 2nd, 2017 under , , , . Posted by


WIP Sherman (Mk III) Mk 1 ARV – D-Day

Been bitten by the Sherman curse again! I started with wanting to do a Sherman ARV following my S&S Cromwell ARV up on flicker…on doing research I though why not a wading Sherman for D-Day, so I thought, easy 2x S&S conversion sets and two M4A4 and we’re off…….

It seems the majority of Commonwealth Shermans used on D-Day were M4A2 (Sherman III) which points towards a M4A2 being my preferred option for this build ( as opposed to an M4A4). The problem now was converting a spare Warlord M4 into an M4A2, which basically is a new engine deck and rear end, oh well here we go…

Starting positions, M4 Hull.

After bit of tinkering, removed the awful molded-on tow cable, the lifting points and rear engine deck parts. Also removed the additional armour plates which would add protection to the ammunition racks, clearly not needed on an ARV!

Refashioned a new rear end and filled in the existing hatch moldings. Tools will be removed later

Bit of a jump  now; originally was going to use the S&S turret cover but decided it was cleaner to reconstruct, so:

a) new turret hatch cover and hatches
b) initial wading truck added
c) Lifting points redone with wire
d) front stowage arrangements added
e) my favorite! the vice!
f) made three tow wires and stowed them
g) added S&S parts, where not remade.

note: the two figures are from the S&S 1/56 British tankers set, an excellent set in pixie suits, I will be modifying obviously ( no pixie suits in June!)

Close up of the hull front, not entirely sure what the rod assemblies were for, they look like station posts?, anyway made them up as per references.

Quick shot of the rear, you can see the re-scribed engine hatches, rear wood block stowages and added the extra fuel points. The actual grill just needs to be representative at this stage as I will add the wading stack and water proofing.

And finally, well for this weekend anyway ( Russkies to assemble and paint!), added two S&S Models crewmen for show!

This one is a “for fun” build, I feel a need for these to keep my skills in, and interest up and I love a challenge, probably not my best commercial decision, i.e time and resources for a vehicle used in one action!

As always with Shermans, something will always bite me, so if I’ve got anything incorrect just shout!

Next up the interesting bit, the rear wading trunks!

Troop of Shewe
The Showcase Quality Historical Painting Service

Figures, Vehicles and Terrain 1/300 through 1/48

A Specialist in Scale Armour modelling

Full Gallery: http://www.flickr.com/photos/troop-of-shewe/sets