This time, I will try to make this Asuka’s Sherman Easy Eight. This time, I will try to make an Easy Eight Asuka Sherman. It is the last type of Sherman tank that appeared at the end of World War II. The width of the track is wide and the body is long, so it looks stable. I don’t have an impression that it is an expendable character, but it is a pretty cool tank.
The box assembly of the tank body is not so difficult because of the high accuracy of the parts, and I know the general point because I have built several plastic models of Tasca and Asuka in the past. The horizontal suspension assembly is fine. Since there are many parts, a movable part can be bonded without using a little adhesive.
I’ve almost finished assembling the body part. Etched parts are easy to break, so I think I should go a little further. By the way, Asuka’s manual says that OVMs were painted with the color of the tank body. It has been said for a long time in various tanks, but is it more realistic not to paint with metal color or wood color?
I was going to put on a movable track, and when I put it on the vehicle, I panicked because there were many parts that didn’t move properly. It doesn’t take much time because there are few parts and the length can be made quickly, but it is a little difficult to work when winding it around a wheel. In the end, the ease of work depends on how dry the adhesive is, which is no longer the same as assembling a connected non-movable track.
The rear part of the left side fender was missing. It was quite a large part, so I was shocked. It is the most troublesome that I don’t know if it doesn’t exist or if it is in my room when I look for it. In the past, my cat carried my canopy in his mouth on a plastic model airplane, so I have no idea what the truth is. Well, this plane was the US Avenger… After all, I couldn’t find it after looking for it for a while, so I made my own by working with plastic plates. It is irresistible if it is found after the work is completed. In fact, this kind of fender can be battle damage even if it comes off. If I attach a spare caterpillar to the self-made fender part, the strength of parts will be improved.
The rough assembly is finished. After all, the replacement of the attached light guard etched parts improves the precision. The processing is easy and the delicate curve of the light guard can be shaped. It was easy to work if I use a round sticker on a big eraser.
I took the first dose of the coronavirus vaccine yesterday at the place in the town. My left arm feels a little tired, but it’s good that I don’t have much damage so far. My wife came back from the second vaccination on the same day by coincidence, and she seems to be in pain both in the evening and the next day. She’s in bed with a combination of strong malaise, fever, nausea, and myalgia. It seems that there are many people who have strong side effects the second time. I’d like to believe that all the rumors in Japan are conspiracy theories. In fact, I don’t like the fact that we’re skipping so many processes until the introduction of the vaccine that it’s impossible to imagine.
I didn’t want to hide the decal so much, so I piled up mainly the back of the decal with jelly cans, sleeping bags, helmets, miscellaneous bags, and wooden boxes. It is unbalanced that nothing is put on the front armor part of the tank, so I think I will put some baggage on this part after putting a big nationality mark with a star in the circle.
Marking this time is the 8th Armored Division, deployed in Kirchhellen, Germany in March 1945. This time, I wanted to mark the front with a star inside the circle, so I chose this marking in this kit.
This M4A3E8 Easy Eight is the last type of Sherman tank. It is equipped with a powerful gasoline engine on the body with improved protection. The most distinctive features, I personally think, are the horizontal suspension (HVSS) and the wide track. Approximately 2,600 vehicles were produced between August 1944 and April 1945. It’s quite the final phase. It seems to have been used in various countries after the war.
Even if I say Sherman tank, the silhouette and performance are quite different between the early stage and Easy Eight. Each tank is attractive, so if I have a chance, I would like to make another Sherman tank. Come to think of it, when will the Academy’s Panzerkampfwagen II arrive? I want to see the contents of the box as soon as possible.
I am interested in models of tanks, airplanes, ships, military figures, I build them little by little when I feel like it. I am also interested in the history of war. My starting is Tamiya’s Military Miniature series in elementary school.
From elementary school through university students repeatedly suspend and restart my modeling, it’s about 25 years of this hobby’s history.
Born in February 1970, I live in Tokyo. From February 2007 I was quietly doing a site called “Miniature-Arcadia”. It is being transferred to this blog with the same name from December 2016. My update pace is uneven, but please come to see me here occasionally.