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Old 07-10-2019, 12:36 AM   #1
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Sherman Breech work

I still haven't been able to come up with any blue prints, but have closely studied all the pictures I could, and prepared a STL file on FreeCAD. Today I got a chance to print the breech with charging handle and dry fit it to my gun...



Seems a bit too tall; but the only option I had for dimensions was a 1/35th model. Going back to the photos for further study.
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Old 07-10-2019, 03:32 PM   #2
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Re: Sherman Breech work

I'm unsure if these pictures will come through since I no longer deal with Photobucket.
https://imgur.com/a/QkXgLPK

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Old 07-10-2019, 03:56 PM   #3
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Old 07-11-2019, 09:26 PM   #4
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Thanks for the pictures Redball! I see you have followed the Sherman restoration at the Museum of the Amercan GI as well! I resized the print elements based on a still I took from the MAG Sherman restoration...



And ended up with a much better looking representation



I didn't realize until after I had taken the pictures, but I placed the mounting for the breech safety shield on upside down.



And this version included a sliding breech block so it can be staged "loaded" or ready to be loaded.
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Old 07-12-2019, 06:40 PM   #5
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Thanks for the pictures Redball! I see you have followed the Sherman restoration at the Museum of the Amercan GI as well! I resized the print elements based on a still I took from the MAG Sherman restoration...



And ended up with a much better looking representation



I didn't realize until after I had taken the pictures, but I placed the mounting for the breech safety shield on upside down.





And this version included a sliding breech block so it can be staged "loaded" or ready to be loaded.
Looking great!!
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Old 07-12-2019, 10:32 PM   #6
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Re: Sherman Breech work

Yes, I check out every lead I can for information like most here I suspect. Without actual drawings, I find the more pictures I can study better lets me get the correct perspective.
I really like your new breach block it seems much more realistic.
Though you may also have access to these they are also useful.

https://imgur.com/6OEmzRP
https://imgur.com/NkPgGX5
https://imgur.com/difNRAN

Keep up the good work you will have a unique model when done.
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Old 07-15-2019, 12:44 AM   #7
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Awesome pictures Redball! The first two I haven't noticed before. Thanks! I think part of the problem is that parts changed over the life of the tank, and once I think I've figured out what one piece looks like I come across another photo that looks so clearly different that I end up starting all over again. Like the difference between your second picture and this one:



Here it looks like the center mount is shaped NOT to go around the recoil tubes, while in your picture it certainly does wrap around them.

Again, thanks for the pictures!


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Old 07-15-2019, 02:09 PM   #8
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Re: Sherman Breech work

Market Garden I'm always happy to help a fellow modeler if I can. The pictures I have referenced are for the 75mm gun mount which for an M4A3 (late) would have been an M34A1 mount, not the M62 mount for the 76mm gun.

I still look forward to seeing your rendition of the turret interior for whichever variant you are doing.
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Old 07-16-2019, 01:10 AM   #9
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Good grief...simple attention to detail. That pretty well sums up my problem...thanks!
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Old 07-17-2019, 01:02 AM   #10
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Latest attempt. Unfortunately the print was on a bit of an angle, so I cancelled it and started over on a flat plane. The partial print does serve to give me an idea for fit/size.

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Re: Sherman Breech work

Nothing short of amazing, MG!

Looking forward to see this project progress!

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