Tuesday, 24 February 2015

Sherman Tank Support

I have a couple of the old Corgi 1/48th scale diecast Churchill tanks to use as armour support for the 28mm British but they're MkIV's, with the square side doors, so not quite right for NW Europe. I'm not too fussy but the 5th DCLI only had occasional back up with Churchill's of the RTR, so it limits their deployment a bit, assuming I'm going for the historical option.

Here's my previous 20mm effort using Armourfast kits
The other alternative is to model the Sherman III's of the 8th Armoured Brigade, either the 4/7th Royal Dragoon Guards, 13/18th Lancers or the Sherwood Rangers Yeomanry, all of which had a close connection with the 5th DCLI at various stages right up to the end of the war. The only problem is that, assuming I stick with my usual 28mm plus 1/48th scale formula, no manufacturer has yet produced one for wargaming purposes.

Nice kit..it even has a cast metal lower hull!

Luckily, I have a couple of Tamiya 1/48th scale M4A2's that will do the job nicely, although they'll need to be assembled from kit form. I bought them for half price when Modelzone closed down last year and intended to use them with my 28mm US platoon. They got the Corgi M4A3's instead, so the Tamiya kits went back to the loft for a rainy day.

This is the 1/35th scaledecal set

 I'll need some insignia decals for the 8th Armoured Brigade, which Dom's Decals do in 15mm but not in 1/56th scale, which is a bit of a pain. I may well send Dom an email to ask if he'd scale the relevant sheet up to 28mm. There was a Bronco Decals set available a few years ago, which would have been perfect but it's long out of print and impossible to track down. 

I'm sure I can work something out though, with a bit of ingenuity an a steady paintbrush, or even a sheet of decal transfer paper and a printer?

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