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1/100 Easy Eight

1/100 Easy Eight

1/100 Easy Eight by TeeJay87
1/100 Easy Eight by TeeJay87


As a teenager, I used to build plastic models from commercially bought kits, initially 1/72 aircraft models. At junior high school, I got more interest in tanks - first in 1/72, then in 1/35. The last kit I have built was Tamiya 1/35 SdKfz. 250/9 - bought in 2011 and completed in June 2017, since I did not have much time for working on it.

In August 2017, I have discovered Flames of War and TANKS miniature wargaming and it was really nice feeling to revive old hobby. Currently I am collecting US Army, German Army and British/Polish 1st Armoured Division from 1944-45 period for tabletop play in both games. This small M4A3E8 "Easy Eight" Sherman you can see in the photos above was built from Battlefront Miniatures parts:

1) M4A3 Sherman blister, sold here for 38 PLN (9,5 USD)

2) separately bought resin HVSS tracks for Easy Eights and Israeli Shermans;

3) supplemented by a tank commander figurine from another US armored vehicles set.

Battlefront makes nice kits, perhaps the best ones in the market - the assembly is straightforward, though would be difficult without the manual. Have to admit, if I had not painted the model, the completed gluing would have lasted maybe 30 minutes from unboxing - but since I have a habit of painting treads and smaller pieces before assembly and the enamel paints I use dry 12 hours, work on this Sherman took me couple of evenings. The most demanding part was attaching resin treads to plastic hull - the joints were misshapen and required careful shaving with a modeling knife, then I had to join the treads to the hull with super glue. The cement left marks on lower hull, hopefully the acrylic paint covered those well.

Such tank makes fine addition to every collection - I shall use this Easy Eight as a command vehicle in my US Army tank company.

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alitta2 on December 10, 2017, 4:57:01 AM

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alitta2Looks awesome, especially the two M2 Browining guns on the turret placed to look at both forward and backward :)

TeeJay87 on December 10, 2017, 7:54:43 AM

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TeeJay87Actually this Sherman has one M2 Browning - pointing in the rear. The additional machine gun is also a Browning, but M1919A4 (basically smaller variant of M2, chambered for 7,62mm/0.30 instead of 12,7mm NATO/0.50).

Later-war US Army Shermans often had two MGs mounted on turret's top, just like the model on display. Especially M4A3s with 76mm guns were seen with such configuration:


- - I have similar 1/35 Easy Eight released by Dragon, though I built mine as mainstream production model (the one from the link is very early Easy Eight, converted from older M4A3)

- another shot

- - typical WW2 Easy Eight


- the most famous Easy Eight, because Brad Pitt was handling it. xD