Gentlemen, I'll make this quick project.
My goal is to build a Sherman 75mm with British commander cupola (ARV: all round vision), rather than the American original hatch. Something like this:
|British ARV cupola in Sherman|
The biggest problem was finding references of Shermans 75mm with this cupola, because the more common photos are from Fireflies with this device.
This photo I found with the citation of the tank being a Firefly:
But the shadow of the vehicle (and the gun...) suggest be a standard 75mm.
|Sherman V (M4A4) Canadian|
The adaptation was warranted for the protection of the tank commander, as the British hatch (used in Churchills and Cromwells) allowed a 360 ° vision through their periscopes ...
But here are some photos of 75mm Shermans with this device. There are references to its used by the Polish (Fireflies) and Canadians (75mm).
|Sherman 75mm with ARV cupola (background...)|
|Sherman V(M4A4) with ARV cupola|
For this project, I bought a semi-built kit of a colleague, from the Dragon.
She arrived in this condition, at home
|M4A4 Dragon, semi-built|
There is (or was ...) a conversion kit from Formations of this cupola. But as it is very rare, I will make one at home...
|Formations kit of British ARV cupola|
I'm going to do with parts left over from my Churchill AVRE and a little scratch:
|Adapting the cupola ARV from Churchill AVRE (scrap) to the turret Dragon|
|The hull almost ready...|
|Adding the British rack (by Panzerserra) at the nape of the turret|
|beer can etched...|
Well...It´s painting time !!!!!
Primer, to equalize the Sherman´s surface...
|primer in the tank|
|Tank in green...left side|
|Tank in green...right side side|
I researched and did the markings of my Sherman:
|Sherman Mk V with ARV cupola - profile|
|The name LUCIFER using Sirap Decal Paper for Laser prints|
|close-up of the decal made-in-home|
|notice the 02 links cut from DS tracks|
Next step, weathering !!!!!
|styrofoam and tracing paper|
|the cargo drying...|
|Sherman V with ARV cupola|
|Sherman V with ARV cupola - left side|
|Sherman V with ARV cupola - right side|
|Sherman V with ARV cupola - Lucifer|
Well, Gents...there this ...
Thanks for follow !!!