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Personal logo deadhead Supporting Member of TMP11 Nov 2021 7:59 a.m. PST

The Dragon hull for the M4A1 76, with a Trumpeter turret. The latter has the oval loader's hatch, but does have an oversized hatch for the CO. I tried to reduce the aperture and concealed much by sticking in the boss himself. Once more a Sherman type not used by 2eme DB so, once more, French 1st Army, Southern France, Operation Dragoon.




Personal logo ColCampbell Supporting Member of TMP11 Nov 2021 8:20 a.m. PST

Looks great!


Personal logo deadhead Supporting Member of TMP11 Nov 2021 8:37 a.m. PST

Thanks. I meant to add a photo of it on the harbour front of Marseille 1944;


Personal logo ColCampbell Supporting Member of TMP11 Nov 2021 11:25 a.m. PST

They look like they are ready to go gunning for German panzers!


Personal logo deadhead Supporting Member of TMP11 Nov 2021 11:37 a.m. PST

That is a really interesting topic. Well I think so, but I do need to get out more.

What I am increasingly beginning to realise is that gunning for Panzers was not their primary role, nor indeed, a major part of their war experience.

The Shermans spent far more time spraying hedgerows with MG fire to suppress infantry armed with panzerfaust, sending HE into buildings, knocking out A/T guns, than they did watching 75s bouncing off Panthers or Tigers. I never could understand why every British tank was not a Firefly or why every US tank was not a 76, let alone a 90mm A/T weapon. Now I know.

79thPA Supporting Member of TMP11 Nov 2021 11:43 a.m. PST

Nice pics.

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP11 Nov 2021 3:00 p.m. PST

Great job!

Congrats my friend!….


Colonel Chabert12 Nov 2021 2:03 a.m. PST

A lovely model, Deadhead, beautifully finished as always.
Is that a bottle of Moet & Chandon he's waving around?

Personal logo deadhead Supporting Member of TMP12 Nov 2021 9:20 a.m. PST

Well spotted. I did a Gold top, a black stripe, a red dot and a white label. Now is that right for 1944? No idea.

It should have the return rollers slightly raised above horizontal and even the duck-bill connectors attached to the tracks. The latter are available in 1/72 in brass, but that way lies madness. I used spare Heller tracks anyway as I really do not like the fit of the Dragon types.

Thanks again to all

Personal logo FlyXwire Supporting Member of TMP12 Nov 2021 1:42 p.m. PST

I'll drink to that, and celebrate along here with ya'll (seeing yet another awesome model and scenic by Deadhead)!

Fanch du Leon13 Nov 2021 8:23 a.m. PST

Splendides! Not less.

Personal logo deadhead Supporting Member of TMP13 Nov 2021 9:15 a.m. PST

Now the experts from France tell me that the M4A1 76 did not arrive in time for the late Summer campaign through Provence. It instead featured in the Winter fighting on the German border.

OK, I may still have to fit the duckbill extensions then!

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP13 Nov 2021 2:25 p.m. PST

Some of them here…





Personal logo deadhead Supporting Member of TMP15 Nov 2021 1:17 a.m. PST

Thanks for those. You even found the transfers/decals that I used, from Braille Strike.

LeonAdler Sponsoring Member of TMP15 Nov 2021 6:05 a.m. PST

Looks excellent

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP15 Nov 2021 2:07 p.m. PST

No mention my good friend…


machinehead Supporting Member of TMP15 Nov 2021 5:16 p.m. PST

Exceptionally well done as always, I really like your in situ photos too.

CHRIS DODSON16 Nov 2021 8:57 a.m. PST

Very nice as always Mr. D.

I do like the champagne bottle.

Best wishes,


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