1/48th Hobbyboss Sherman M4A1 (76) W

So here’s the 1/48th stuff from the recent delivery. The Tiger2 and Cromwell are for my brother and I while the Hobbyboss Shermans are to make to put up for sale.

And so as I haven’t made any Hobbyboss Shermans yet I decided to put together a “tester”. Now I know from all the web discussion the kit has (and Hobbyboss Shermans in general) accuracy issues, the shape of the upper hull- width and profile, turret shape, gun and gun mantlet etc but I don’t intended to correct any. Generally I build OOB except for minor additions and stowage, for several reasons. Firstly most of my stuff is destained for wargamers, who, while a great looking model is still important, rivit counting isn’t so much of an issue. And I’ve seen many people slavishly change small details only for the final result to become obscured or let down by the final paint. I tend to personally favour aiming for an overall look with my modelling and I get that with a clean build and (hopefully) a good finish. Btw I have a lot of respect for any modeller who chases ultimate accuracy, it’s not for me, it’s a horses for courses thing.

Soo it’s an OOB for me on this one. The kit has some benefits, it’s inexpensive, readily available and the detail is good. The kit includes a little PE fret for light guards which is always welcome, and under hull the sponson is closed. Thankfully as this feature is one of the biggest let downs of most many Tamiya 1/48th kits.

To be fair though there are some issues to look out for. There is a bit of flash to be cleaned up. The plastic is quite hard/brittle and care must be used removing slender parts and then when cleaning them up, a lot of care. The location pins on some parts are vague so the aligment must be watched. In particular the under hull sponsons combined with the upper hull and nose joint, and the gun mounting, require some fiddling with filing and dry runs to get the alignments right. Even then I still managed to cock up the transmission cover/upper hull joint a little.

Then there are the flexible band tracks. Getting the length right and hiding the join takes care and planning. I ripped into this to find out how to do it first and I think I have it ok. On the next hull I’ll take some piccies to show how I do it.

Anyway, here’s how she looks so far ……

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