M4A3 Dozer

We all know that the basic Armourfast kits look pretty good straight out of the box, but how have you tinkered with them? Whether you've dumped a load of stowage all over, bought one of the aftermarket add-ons, or scratch-built something completely new? Tell us & share your photos so that we can all benefit
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empecinado
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M4A3 Dozer

Post by empecinado » Thu May 11, 2017 2:50 pm

My first entry is a M4A3 76mm converted in a Sherman Dozer, 14th Regiment, 9 Armoured Division, Ligneuville, Belgium, December 17th 1944. Hope you like it!

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A 'frankenstein' model

The tank is based in an Armourfast M4A3 76mm. The hull is from the original model with some added details mainly spare parts from Dragon Sherman kits and wire.

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The turret is a spare from a PST M4A4 Firefly. The crew hatches are from the Armourfast model. The gun mantlet is from Heller Sherman and the 75mm gun barrel from a UM Model Sherman. The PE stuff are from Dragon.

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The dozer is from a M4A2 from the ucranian brand UM Models.

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The stowage is made with metal pieces from sprues and some SHQ and Heller jerrycans, boxes, bucket... The tarpaulin is moulded with green stuff.

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The back hull is from spares from UM and Dragon kits with some platicard strips.

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Here with a Dragon M4A3 for comparison.

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Airbrush paint job in 3 layers: 50% Olive drab + Black 50% primer, Olive Drab Base and Olive Drab Light Base.

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Decals from several brands mainly Microscale and Techmod Decals. Before and after an airbushed layer of glossy varnish.

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Highlights with Olive Drab Highligt and pinwash with Brown Wash for Green Vehicles both applied with brush. Weathering with Olive Drab Shine and Chipping Color. Then filtering effects with Streaking Grime for Green Vehicles, Winter Streakin Grime, Rain Marks, Rust, Fuel and Oil Stains. For finish several brown pigments added with fixer.

All the paints are acrylic and washes and filters are enamels.

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adt70hk
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Re: M4A3 Dozer

Post by adt70hk » Thu May 11, 2017 6:27 pm

Now that IS VERY well done indeed.
Great work.

Andrew

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Re: M4A3 Dozer

Post by sandsmodels » Sat May 13, 2017 7:38 pm

a real mix, very good

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Re: M4A3 Dozer

Post by Armourfast-Colin » Sat May 20, 2017 1:57 pm

I remember speaking to someone once who said that he didn't like the Armourfast kits cos they were too basic to be modified & look good! :lol:

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Re: M4A3 Dozer

Post by Paul Vearncombe » Sat Mar 24, 2018 4:20 pm

Wow. Just wow.

sandsmodels
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Re: M4A3 Dozer

Post by sandsmodels » Wed Mar 28, 2018 8:34 am

very nice

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Re: M4A3 Dozer

Post by sandsmodels » Wed Mar 28, 2018 8:35 am

Armourfast-Colin wrote:
Sat May 20, 2017 1:57 pm
I remember speaking to someone once who said that he didn't like the Armourfast kits cos they were too basic to be modified & look good! :lol:
it's a snobery thing i reckon, there are 1 or 2 models which are not as good, manily the earlier models but like any model they can be improved to look as good as any others, for the moeny you can't beat them imho!

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