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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP22 Jun 2023 7:47 p.m. PST



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Personal logo deadhead Supporting Member of TMP23 Jun 2023 12:35 a.m. PST


Vc I think, not VII. Based on the M4A4

Personal logo deadhead Supporting Member of TMP23 Jun 2023 7:05 a.m. PST

Velikye Luki is often modelled, in both 1/72 and 1/35. Famous as likely the tank that got Wittmann, along with two other Tigers (genuinely Tigers), in a single engagement.

Must wonder if the "pixie" suit was worn by British tank crews in a Normandy Summer 1944. I think it was first issued in the late Autumn (Fall)

Such a shame there is no caption to the image telling us make of kit, scale (obvious), source of decals, the history of the original indeed anything at all.

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP23 Jun 2023 1:46 p.m. PST

Happy you like it my good friend…


Black Bull26 Jun 2023 12:30 a.m. PST

Are a few problems with it, Noville is in Belgium and good luck finding a photo of a Firefly in combat with a 50cal on the roof (a firefly wasn't the easiest to get out of in an hurry even without a lump of steel in the way)

Personal logo deadhead Supporting Member of TMP29 Jun 2023 12:04 p.m. PST

Nicely spotted. I should have twigged, had I read "Vers Bastogne" on the lower road sign. I think this tank had met its fate well before Belgium, in practice.

The figures seem to be great. The setting reasonable, even if historically wrong. The colour of the tank….well we must allow for white balance in any photos, but the deacls need some weathering. Too pristine.

Upturned return rollers? That may well be true, but I would be surprised for June 44. The track sag suggests it is reversing, again perfectly reasonable.

Shame that the link gives not even one more image. Not worth following.

Armand, well worth posting even if just as an exercise for Shermanoholics to tear apart.

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP29 Jun 2023 2:42 p.m. PST



Erzherzog Johann29 Jun 2023 4:38 p.m. PST

As I understand it, the turret-top MG would be there on the march, so maybe they've just stopped for a break en route somewhere.


Black Bull01 Jul 2023 3:59 a.m. PST

Maybe in other armies but not the British most photos are either before, during or after a march and MGs are pretty common on regular Shermans.

Personal logo deadhead Supporting Member of TMP02 Jul 2023 4:08 a.m. PST

Indeed, but not sure I have ever seen one on a Firefly. So there is a challenge. Some one will find a photo surely

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