SMy Daughter's Airfix D-Day Diorama - with Additions

My daughter and I won one of the Airfix Christmas competitions in 2017 and the prize was the D-Day Battlefront set. Due to other modelling projects, it's taken until now to get it on the bench. A few days ago, we were thinking about the layout and considered it unrealistic to have a Sherman and Tiger that close together, without one being blown into a thousand pieces! So we decided to save the Tiger for another diorama and replace it with a Willys MB, which were being sold cheap at Aldi.

 

Here's the contents of the basic D-Day set. The two tanks, house kit, vac-formed base and those horrible rubbery plastic figures. Still, she's made a good job on all her previous models, with a lot of guidance, so I have high hopes for this one.

Stephen Carr "Only dead fish swim with the stream."

Yesterday afternoon, after school, we made a start on the Sherman. Wheels and suspension first. Assembling the suspension units was a bit fiddly. All the wheels needed their centre holes enlarging or centering as the moulding wasn't great, so my daughter did that with a needle file while I looked at the suspension arms. The rear arms wouldn't fit over the axles and the shallow hole in them was quite close to the edge of the moulding, leaving little plastic to drill out. So each axle had to be tapered slightly so that it would fit the shallow hole in the rear arms.

 

The kit instructions call for them to be assembled and fitted to the hull, but I think we'll leave them off at least until the wheels and chassis area have been painted.

 

While those were drying, we turned out attention to the hull.

Sometimes I have to assist with the parts cutting, as on some of the thicker sprues, my daughter just doesn't have the strength to cut through them, and often the part size, shape and position on the sprue wont allow cutters to fit the space.

Once the bits were cleaned up, the lower hull was assembled.

The turret parts were cut out while the hull dried for a bit and then the upper hull was attached to the lower hull and that was the end of the first day.

 

Stephen Carr "Only dead fish swim with the stream."

Paws4thot

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As you say; well that and you need 3 Ronsons to "brew up" oneTiger anyway...

Though I fly through the shadow of the valley of death, I shall fear no evil, for I am at 65_000 feet and climbing.

DavidJC

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Fantastic work from the two of you, and fantastic to see a young person enjoying modelling so much.

 

Thank you for sharing it with us Laughing

GNR-Gordon-4

367 posts

Fantastic work, Army_Air_Force. Do keep the pictures coming! Smile

 

GNR-Gordon-4 (AF)

A Thomas & Friends OO, HO and OO-9 Model Railway Gauge's Collector Since 2005, an Eddie Stobart Spotter and Collector Since 2010 and an Airfix QUICK BUILD Collector Since 2017

I'm waiting for the next batch to be moderated.

Stephen Carr "Only dead fish swim with the stream."

GNR-Gordon-4

367 posts

OK. That will probably be in a few more days, or could even be next week now, since Christmas is here.

 

GNR-Gordon-4 (AF)

A Thomas & Friends OO, HO and OO-9 Model Railway Gauge's Collector Since 2005, an Eddie Stobart Spotter and Collector Since 2010 and an Airfix QUICK BUILD Collector Since 2017

At my daughter's request, we had another modelling session after school today. A trial fit showed a reasonable amount of room to get a paint brush in and around the suspension units for painting. The drive sprocket looked fragile and as it projected forwards from the hull, we would leave it off for now. The rest of the wheels and suspension units would be glued.

 

The first side was done and left to dry for a few minutes while we cut and trimmed the drive sprocket parts.

 

The second side was done next

After a few minutes for the solvent to stiffen the joints, the tank was turned and weighted slightly to ensure all the wheels lay flat. Two steel rulers, held in place by weights, prevented the wheels from spreading outwards under the weight.

 

Everything was then left to dry. A few of the photos I'd taken were blurred as the camera wasn't on macro, so I went back out to the workshop tonight and took a few more with the tank out of the jig.

Finally, a feel good picture with the aid of a bit of Blu-Tac to hold the barrel and mantlet in place.

Stephen Carr "Only dead fish swim with the stream."

Paws4thot

1214 posts

Experience says that the return idlers on Shermans (and M3 medium, Ram Kangaroo etc) are weaker than the drive sprockets.

Though I fly through the shadow of the valley of death, I shall fear no evil, for I am at 65_000 feet and climbing.

Further progress on Saturday morning. As an afterthought, we thought it would be nice to have a couple of crew in the tank. A search through my spares box found a few GI's, a couple of which would do. The driver was trimmed a bit to fit in next to the hull, and he was also mounted on a block of acrylic to lift him up to hatch height.

 

We wanted to add him after the tank was painted, so needed a way to get him inside the assembled hull. To do this, I chain drilled a hole under the turret which would hopefully be big enough to get him in. It took a few goes with some tweezers and a piece of wire to poke him into the correct location,. While it was difficult, it was possible. Both hatches were opened up a bit and also carved out on the inside to give a little more shoulder room. It's a tight fit on both the model and 1/1 scale Sherman, with the edge of the hatch, just at nose height, so you have to be careful if the driver steps on the brakes a bit hard!! Only one hatch has been opened up at this point.

The turret assembly was next.

 

Idler wheels fitted.

The barrel was the last job of the morning, which was then supported and left to set.

Later in the afternoon, once the glue had time to harden, I popped "Kevin" and "Dave" ( as they have come to be known ) into the tank for a picture. Dave needs a tiny packing piece to lift him a little further up, but I may need to either trim his shoulders or the inside of the hatch to do this.

Stephen Carr "Only dead fish swim with the stream."

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