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M4 Sherman late with Pershing turret - case report

Hi, Gents...
     Yesterday, I returned from Chile, where our modeling group (Hangar Rats) participated of the XII FIDAE. In Santiago, I bought a kit of the M26 Pershing from HobbyBoss (it was very cheap) and I remembered an ancient project: build the prototype of Sherman with the Pershing turret.
M4 late with Pershing turret - font:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:T26_turret_on_M4_chassis.jpg 
 The saga of this prototype was well reported by Hunnicutt in his "Bible of Sherman" - A History of the American Medium Tank:
Hunnicutt´s Bible of Sherman
... "As a result of the crisis in Normandy, Brig. Gen, Joseph A. Holly returned to the US in July '44. As Chief of the Armor Section for the ETO, he was directed by Gen. Eisenhower to expedite the production and shipment of more powerfully armed tanks and tank destroyers, particularly those with 90mm guns. During his visit to the Detroit Arsenal, Gen. Holly viewed a Sherman armed with the 90mm gun M3. This was an M4 fitted with a Pershing type 90mm gun turret. Since both tanks had 69 inch turret rings, such an installation required only stowage changes and modifications to obtain adequate clearance between the turret assembly and some components on the tank hull. The experimental vehicle was fitted with the early vertical volute spring suspension (VVSS) and with the 16-9/16 inch wide track."...

     But this vehicle never went into production because the priority was to build the Pershing. The Sherman´s hull eventually getting a turret with 90mm gun from M36 Jackson, coming into operation as Destroyer M36B1:
M36B1 tank destroyer - a M4A3 hull with M36 turret
So, after that,  modeling time !!!

     The players: An old (but honest...) Tamiya´s M4 for the chassis and suspension... The HobbyBoss M26 Pershing, for the turret...And a rare and magnificent TankWorkShop upper hull for the M4 large hatch late version, with its flat rear deck (typical of radial engines), with additional fuel nozzle.
Tamiya + HobbyBoss+ TankWorkShop kits

       I did a 3 views draw to guide me through the building. In the Hunnicutt book, there is a drawing of a alleged  "Easy Eight" version that confuses many people.
 Draw in Hunnicutt book

 Notice the vehicle with correct M4 late hull:

THe TWS kit in details
Comparison between the hulls late and early
Late hull 
Building the kit:     
      The building starts by the suspension:
Tamiya´s suspension
     The hull TWS matches perfectly with the chassis Tamiya

M4 late upper hull and chassis
     I used plasticard to close the sponsons of the Tamiya kit (an old fault, never corrected ...)
Sponsons closed...
      The HobbyBoss kit is superb. I started the build of the M26 turret...
Pershie turret: left side
Pershie turret: right side
      After removing the burrs of the tower´s  ring of the TWS hull, I adapted the turret on the hull: the Persherman is growing ....
Persherman: left side

Persherman: right side
 And the "Frankensherman"  was also ready... See the pics:

Persherman - final details in the turret
 When the build over, it's time to start the painting...Primmer first !!
Persherman - Primmer - notice the hatches: I did them all articulated ...

Persherman: primmer - right side
After the primer dried, the olive drab in different shades

Persherman with olive-drab
 And the Persherman is ready. Thanks to Kurt Laughlin, to confirm the correct numbering of this vehicle: 30103950.
Persherman numbers - normal and negative -  picture normal provided by Kurt Laughlin

    I made the numbers with Archer Dry Transfer. Excellent stuff...
M4 late VVSS with T26 Pershing turret with M3 90mm gun - Persherman prototype
M4 late VVSS with T26 Pershing turret
M4 late VVSS with T26 Pershing turret - left side
M4 late VVSS with T26 Pershing turret - rear left side
M4 late VVSS with T26 Pershing turret - rear right side
M4 late VVSS with T26 Pershing turret - right side

M4 late VVSS with T26 Pershing turret - bird view

M4 late VVSS with T26 Pershing turret with Kojak, for size comparation.
       I loved doing this project, mainly for historical references involved. Reproduce a real vehicle in a real picture is always very rewarding ...

See you, Gents !!!!

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