The Lower Hull
to the lower hull included giving the three-piece nose a cast steel
texture with some Mr. Surfacer (also used on the cast area of the
75mm sponson turret and the commander's cupola atop the gun turret).
I also added some casting numbers from an Academy M10 tank destroyer
kit. (This is something every model kit should come with, if its
not already cast into the product.)
the Grant, I got the correct rear hull wall and mufflers; however,
the exhausts on the later version I wanted to build were configured
differently than what is dictated in the Grant instructions (or
the Lee instructions, for that matter). M3 Lees I've seen in the
field in North Africa used the same mufflers as on the early M4A1.
These come in the Grant set and are pretty well done, just needing
some wire and wing nuts to finish them off. The fishtail exhausts
on my version are mounted below the mufflers, where the round cover
plates are molded onto the back hull. I used the Grant parts # A19
but carved out the opening before adding some plastic card to provide
a thicker "mouth" which I then carved out. Into the mouth
I added a few vanes, though not as many as in actuality. The pipe
ends of the exhausts were trimmed down considerably and the pieces
were glued directly to the cover plates.
other big alteration to the lower hull was to remove the rearmost
vertical line of rivets and reposition them forward in line with
the engine wall. A few other rivets were added as shown in drawings
and reference photos.
and Research Notes
The Suspension and Tracks
The Lower Hull Exterior
The Lower Hull Interior
The Upper Hull Exterior
The Upper Hull Interior
Painting and Decals
Diorama (coming soon)