M4A3E8 Sherman Easy Eight Asuka 1/35

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M4A3E8 Sherman Easy Eight Aska 1/35 Building
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.

M4A3E8 Sherman Easy Eight Aska 1/35 Building
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.

M4A3E8 Sherman Easy Eight Aska 1/35 Building
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?

M4A3E8 Sherman Easy Eight Aska 1/35 Building
I thought all of Tasca’s Sherman’s track was belt type, but this kit was fully connected assembly type. I was surprised because I wasn’t aware of it. There were as many as 6 runners of the track.

M4A3E8 Sherman Easy Eight Aska 1/35 Building
It seems that it can be connected and moved if it is assembled well. I feel that the strength is not enough if I attach the adhesive little by little and make it movable. Assembly itself is simple.

M4A3E8 Sherman Easy Eight Aska 1/35 Building
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.

M4A3E8 Sherman Easy Eight Aska 1/35 Building
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.

M4A3E8 Sherman Easy Eight Aska 1/35 Building
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.

M4A3E8 Sherman Easy Eight Aska 1/35 Building
The round hatches and periscopes of the turret had two types, clear parts, and ordinary plastic. I used clear parts for this occasion.

M4A3E8 Sherman Easy Eight Aska 1/35 Building
The tank this time had 4 hatches, so I made it possible to open and close with metal wires. I added an antenna with a very fine metal line of about 4 cm. I think I’ll load some more stuff.

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.
(2021/07/29)

M4A3E8 Sherman Easy Eight Aska 1/35 Painting
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.

M4A3E8 Sherman Easy Eight Aska 1/35 Painting M4A3E8 Sherman Easy Eight Aska 1/35 Painting
When I made a rack on the front armor, I had to cut this round decal. I chose the marking of the 8th armored division.

M4A3E8 Sherman Easy Eight Aska 1/35 Finished Work
The M4A3E8 Sherman Easy Eight is complete. The shape of the tank body and the turret is probably accurate because the kit was originally made by Tasca, now Asuka.

M4A3E8 Sherman Easy Eight Aska 1/35 Finished Work M4A3E8 Sherman Easy Eight Aska 1/35 Finished Work
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.

M4A3E8 Sherman Easy Eight Aska 1/35 Finished Work M4A3E8 Sherman Easy Eight Aska 1/35 Finished Work
Three logs are tied to the side of the tank for when the tank gets stuck. This looks like it is protected, but it will have a little role as additional armor.

M4A3E8 Sherman Easy Eight Aska 1/35 Finished Work

M4A3E8 Sherman Easy Eight Aska 1/35 Finished Work M4A3E8 Sherman Easy Eight Aska 1/35 Finished Work
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.

M4A3E8 Sherman Easy Eight Aska 1/35 Finished Work M4A3E8 Sherman Easy Eight Aska 1/35 Finished Work M4A3E8 Sherman Easy Eight Aska 1/35 Finished Work
There was no mold in particular for the OVM fixing belt, so I added a little.

M4A3E8 Sherman Easy Eight Aska 1/35 Finished Work M4A3E8 Sherman Easy Eight Aska 1/35 Finished Work
I made a rack on the front, but I didn’t want to hide the decal, so I put on an extra track and other things.

M4A3E8 Sherman Easy Eight Aska 1/35 Finished Work M4A3E8 Sherman Easy Eight Aska 1/35 Finished Work
I built a figure. It is hard to draw a triangular unit mark with a brush.

M4A3E8 Sherman Easy Eight Aska 1/35 Finished Work M4A3E8 Sherman Easy Eight Aska 1/35 Finished Work M4A3E8 Sherman Easy Eight Aska 1/35 Finished Work M4A3E8 Sherman Easy Eight Aska 1/35 Finished Work
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.
(2021/08/16)

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