Not quite a ballistic missile, so I’m hoping the U.N. won’t use sanctions against me, but spent a few hours over weekend making some “Toon” m8 rockets for the Calliope tubes!
They have more in common with the rocket used on the Sturm tiger than an M8 and I didn’t bother with any fins. these are basically just to use as counters really so we can keep track of how many have been fired in the game, and also to fill up the empty launch tubes. I had some 10mm dowel cut offs which i cut down further to 2.5cms, then used some miliput to sculpt the warhead and added paint. Pretty basic but they do the job.
A side effect of the fully loaded launch tubes is that you need to add some blu tak to the hull to weigh it down…..and avoid any hills and uneven terrain on the battlefield……..perhaps it would be wise to glue down the Sherman onto its own base, which i may well do at some point.
I have also finished the Retrokit conversion kit For the Sherman Calliope Rocket launcher. This is sure to get an “oh wow” at after school club! This is a stand out upgrade for the standard WWT Sherman kit, its quite eye catching when along side the basic model. I decided to pad out the Hull front with some Blu Tak to weight it down as i thought the Rocket launcher might unbalance the tank a bit, this worked perfectly. I’m thinking about scratch building a rocket or two to add to the launch tubes.
Very impressed with this kit, Domi has done a fantastic job of this. Again all parts nice and crisp no air bubbles. One of the support struts was a little warped, but this was easily rectified after placing briefly in near boiling water to soften it up a bit, then the arm/strut was gently reshaped. You’ll need a hack saw and a file to remove parts from sprue, but it really isn’t a lot of work and the parts are very easy to cut and file through, though be sure to wear a dust mask while doing this. The parts were then super glued in place before painting.
I have just ordered a couple of the new turrets from retrokits so that will be the next job on the work bench!
Just before Christmas I received a package from Domi over at RetroKit it contained a couple of new conversion kits for the world war toon Sherman models. A little later than planned here is the Sherman M4A3 hull which i used to convert “Fury”. The movie version didn’t have the cast rounded hull, so thought i might make it a little more accurate……..fingers crossed for some HVSS suspension units to finish off the job;)
Now for a tiny review of the conversion kit.
Have to say the casting and detail is very crisp, no air bubbles present. Very accurate fit to the hull of the wwt tank. You will need to spend a little time removing the component parts from the resin sprue, which in this case is the old school kind of block, i used a hack saw and a file to do this, the resin is not hard and brittle like some, so it was not too difficult to do this. I then added all the detail parts for the hull from a WWT Sherman kit using super glue. i then primed the resin before painting. I have to say I’m very pleased with the result……….there are now even more conversion kits for the WWT range, so head over there and check them out.
Just wanted to let you all know about Domi over at Retrokit who , apart from other things, makes Conversion kits for Meng model/Roqovan World war Toon tanks. I’m going to be using them for my after school club project. The kits themselves are neatly cast in resin, and are designed to fit, in this case, The M4 Sherman.
At the moment you have a choice of M4A3 Sherman Conversion and Rocket Launcher “Calliope” Sherman. Other releases are planned for January, and later in year, with a KV1 Turret, Sturmtiger, Tiger II Henschel Turret confirmed. If you want to keep up with news on these and other releases head over to the retrokit face book page
A lot of other Sherman conversions are planned, and one can only imagine things like JagdTigers, and several different versions based on the new Toon Panzer III model, like a StuG III that might also be on their way at some point…..either way I just can’t wait! I’m going to have to buy a whole lot more World War Toon Tanks just to keep up!
I have 4 weeks before clubs start again, so plenty of time to assemble both versions. I’m sure club members will be fairly interested in converting their kits, a lot of them have been busy buying additional models to add to the Sherman they get in the club….and no doubt santa has also been busy sourcing the new T34’s and Panzer III’s!
So over the next 4 weeks i will be updating my progress as I complete work on these 2 new kits, so watch for updates. but for today I’m going to do a little bit of prep work and remove the resin parts from their sprue, and tidy them up a bit, I’m also intending to have a bash at making some scratch built rockets for the launch tubes on the Calliope version!