Sherman V (OP) Royal Marines - case report

Sherman V (OP) 'Fox' leads two Centaurs CS IV of
Royal Marines Armoured Support Group (RMASG) 
1st Armoured Regiment - 2nd Battery, F Troop - Tilly-sur-Soulles Normandie, June- 1944

      Recalling the Royal Marines Armoured Support Group (RMASG) story, when the British decided reinstall the engines in the Centaurs that bombard the coast, allowing the tanks to accompany the invasion forces, it was decided also that the Centaurs would need armored vehicles as observation posts. The chosen was the Sherman V.
Sherman V OP from RMASG in advance...

Specs:

Sherman V (M4A4)
Type                             Medium tank
Place of origin             United States
Service history
In service                   1942–1945 
Used by                      England - Canada - United States

Production history
Designed                   1942
Produced                    May 1942 – Sept. 1943
Number built              7.499
Specifications
Weight                        31.6 tonnes
Length                         6.05 m
Width                           2.62 m
Height                          2.74 m
Crew                            5 (Commander, gunner, loader, driver, co-driver)

Armor                         76 mm maximum
Main armament          75 mm M3 L/40 gun (90 rounds)
 Secondary armament   .50 cal Browning M2HB machine gun (300 rounds),
2 × .30 Browning M1919A4machine guns (4,750 rounds)
Engine                         Chrysler A57 Multibank 30 cylinder 21-litre engine. 470 hp at 2,700 rpm.
Power/weight              12.2  hp/tonne
Transmission                             Spicer manual, Synchromesh, 4 forward (plus 1 overdrive)  and 1 reverse gear
Suspension                 Vertical Volute Spring Suspension (VVSS)
Operational range      160 km at 605 L; 80 octane
Speed                         40 to 48 km/h


The kit:
      For this project, as I said in the past post, I used the old Dragon kit 6041 Sherman M4A4.
Old Dragon 6041 Sherman M4A4 with 60 lb. rockets
      The build start by the suspension and bogies...

After the wheels are in place, it is time to attack the hull...
Closing the hull with chassi
Done...
The girl looks like a real tank...
Turret in close. Notice the .30 MG in metal...
Almost ready for paint...
Primer with Centaur !!!
      After the primer, I painted the Shermie with khaky-brown (Tamiya)
The two Royal Marines in khaky-brown.
Notice the tonal variation in the color base
      For this model, I used the fantastic decal from Bison Decals (today, Star Decals):
Bison decal
      Reference about Fox:

Decal applied with Future...

The girls before matte varnish
Archer dry-transfer: Transport stencil
(This transfer was applied before the matte varnish)
      And... Done !!! Sherman V (OP) FOX  - Royal Marines Armoured Support Group (RMASG)
1st Armoured Regiment - 2nd Battery, F Troop - Tilly-sur-Soulles Normandie, June- 1944.
Sherman V (OP) FOX - Royal Marines Armoured Support Group (RMASG)
1st Armoured Regiment - 2nd Battery, F Troop - Tilly-sur-Soulles Normandie, June- 1944



Sherman V (OP) Royal Marines - right side



Sherman V (OP) Royal Marines - left side


Sherman V (OP) and Centaur Mk IV CS
Royal Marines Armoured Support Group (RMASG) 
1st Armoured Regiment - 2nd Battery, F and H  Troop
Tilly-sur-Soulles Normandie, June- 1944

Sherman V (OP) and Centaur Mk IV CS
Royal Marines Armoured Support Group (RMASG) 
1st Armoured Regiment - 2nd Battery, F and H  Troop
Tilly-sur-Soulles Normandie, June- 1944

       And I am very proud to mention that these models of Sherman and the Centaur were chosen as examples in the book Sherman Tanks - British Army and Royal Marines - Normandy Campaign 1944 - Dennis Olivier. (ISBN 1473885302) - TankCraft number 2 (pages 30-31).


Thanks for following, Lads !!!

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