I have finally completed the build of my “First in Bastogne” Sherman jumbo from Tasca. It features a lot of extras from several different companies. Next up: Primer!
I can finally show the progress on my first ever Diorama build. It represents a retreating Soviet KV-2 tank stuck on a railway trestle bridge during October 1941. Supposedly attacked by a dive bomber such as a German Stuka, the Crew managed to escape the tank in time. But when they get back they see that the Stuka kinda missed the tank but still managed to destroy the bridge and disable the KV. Therefor the title “No Way Home”
I just recently started the construction of a knocked out KV-2 on a railway bridge. I will soon post pictures of the completed construction before painting. But I thought I could start with sharing some of the inspiration for this diorama.
As I daily scavenge the web for references I thought that I might as well post my findings here.
This first part will be dedicated to the M4A3E2 Assault Tank – postwar nickname “Jumbo”/”Cobra King” – extra armour (including 4″ on front), vertical sided turret, but about 3-4 mph slower. Built with 75 mm gun but frequently re-armed by the using units with 76-mm guns.
Users: US, France (one vehicle)
A total of only 254 tanks was built.
A great website showcasing the restoration of the famous Cobra King can be found here.
A brief operational history on the Jumbo
I had a lot of problem with the snow camouflage on this model. I used the hairspray technique and the color would not loosen up. I was ready to shelf the model but a tip from Sven Young to use MicroSol saved the day! Thank you again!
If you want to read more about the hairspray technique, i recommend visiting this thread: http://www.migproductionsforums.com/phpBB3/viewtopic.php?f=5&t=3293&hilit=hairspray
The camouflage also received some heavy “mapping” with white Humbrol enamel. Explained here.