My Sherman - a 14 year project

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Re: My Sherman - a 14 year project

Post by Phil Woollard » Thu Jul 02, 2020 8:08 am

Very interesting thread, keep it coming! interesting that my pla printer managed to print the Chieftain barrel insert with great detail.
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Re: My Sherman - a 14 year project

Post by simon_manning » Thu Jul 02, 2020 10:09 pm

Nice to see the project coming to life again, add's another level of interest on the Forum, there has not been a lot of Sherman building on here lately, keep at it Bob, regards simon manning.

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Re: My Sherman - a 14 year project

Post by Derek Attree » Sat Jul 04, 2020 4:48 pm

Hi Bob
Nearly bought a Sherman before going for the Panther G about 15 years ago when Mark and Gill
just were taking over the company.
Wish I had done as they never released the model again in that set up.
Dont like the look of the firefly.
So part of the reason I bought my Lee as its the same sort of footprint.
Love the parts you are making keep it up.

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Re: My Sherman - a 14 year project

Post by Robert E Morey » Tue Jul 07, 2020 1:08 am

Phil, Derek, Simon - thanks for looking and for the encouraging comments. Its great to see some progress on this sorely neglected model.

Some more bits added. Got the Lazy Susan bearing fitted under the deck plate. Very smooth rotation now, just need to fit the tooth ring for the drive motor:
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Close up of the mounting block - spacer. Screw is M4 from below. The brass block spaces the turret and provides 3 location for mounting. Only 2 location are used with wingnut for holding turret on. The front acts only as a pin since the hole is directly under gun barrel (cannot be reached easily).

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Inside turret - 2X M4 wing-nut to hold turret to ball race.

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Made a new CDR's MG mount from brass to replace the kit part:

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Decided to improve the look of the hull MG mount by removing some material:

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Made some periscope covers for the front locations on sponsons. Will 3D print some scopes for the hatches for driver and MG gunner. Haven't decided whether to keep the kit white metal drivers hatches or print new ones. :roll:

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Hopefully more to see and show soon.
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Re: My Sherman - a 14 year project

Post by Robert E Morey » Sun Sep 13, 2020 9:40 pm

Hello AT forum. Posting a little more progress on Sherman detail parts. I've been printing some of the smaller detail parts with pretty good results.

Gas caps of all kinds. Experimenting with printing text on the parts with good results.

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Designing the M4 air cleaner boxes for the back end. The detail bits will be printed. The square box will be Aluminum tube.

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Took a crack a designing the drivers hatches. I like the kit metal ones, but they need quite a bit of parts and detail added, so may use these printed ones. If I break one, I can print another.

Hatch with my lower periscope installed:

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With upper periscope installed:

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Test printing some parts from Shapeways in Brass. We'll see how they come out. I can make the Periscope guards - they are just very time consuming. Always wanted to try their printed - brass lost wax process. Note the rear lamp housings have an extra pin for mounting support - the original housing only mounted from rear. I didn't want these to be too fragile.

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Till next time, stay safe everyone.
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Re: My Sherman - a 14 year project

Post by Adrian Harris » Sun Sep 13, 2020 9:54 pm

Loving those parts :D :D :D

Your lettering came out very nicely. What layer size were you using ?

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Re: My Sherman - a 14 year project

Post by Robert E Morey » Sun Sep 13, 2020 10:11 pm

Hi Adrian,
Thanks! I think so too. Really nice on the Elegoo. Layer height 0.04mm. Text height (from or into surface) 0.25-0.30 mm, Text size 1.5 - 2.5mm high.

Getting ready to try the water washable stuff on the next prints.
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Re: My Sherman - a 14 year project

Post by Robert E Morey » Mon Sep 28, 2020 3:15 am

Few more progress pictures of the Sherman hatches. Coming out nice with paint. Next detail part will be functional tow hitch.

Hatches with details added and some paint:
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Tow hitch CAD and prototype parts:
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Till next time, happy building!
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Re: My Sherman - a 14 year project

Post by Robert E Morey » Sat Oct 10, 2020 9:22 pm

Hi all,
A few new updates on the printed tow hitch prototype. Finally got the design how I want it. Also included some "as printed" images for interest.
Hitch closed:
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Hitch opened:
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Overall assembly:
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Test fit on rear of model:
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As printed parts:
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Nice detail brass printed parts from Shapeways. Actually these are investment cast from 3D printed wax models.
Periscope guards:
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Tow Cable cleats:
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Tow cable blocks assembled:
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Rear tail lamps - non functional:
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Mini wing nuts. Still need to drill and tap:
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Till next time, thanks for looking.
Bob

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Re: My Sherman - a 14 year project

Post by Christoffer Ahlfors » Sat Oct 10, 2020 9:38 pm

:shock:
A little too much is about right...

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Re: My Sherman - a 14 year project

Post by Steve Norris » Sun Oct 11, 2020 12:44 am

Robert
Those brass parts are fantastic, great idea 3D printing the masters.
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Re: My Sherman - a 14 year project

Post by Robert E Morey » Fri Nov 27, 2020 4:00 am

Happy Thanksgiving to all in the USA. Greetings to everyone else - stay safe and warm and Covid free! Some updates for my Sherman.

Finally finished the 3D printed hatches. Ready to install:

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Added some casting numbers:

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Some printed gas caps. They really look good once painted.

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Made a mount for the rear hitch and moved the tow shackle mounts:

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With prototype hitch installed. Will make this all in metal.

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New rear deck as converted to M4:
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New 3D printed rear lamps and new steel guards:

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Finished the gun travel lock:

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Close up of 3D printed aluminum barrel lock part:

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Till next time, stay busy and keep building <tanks>.
B

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Re: My Sherman - a 14 year project

Post by simon_manning » Fri Nov 27, 2020 9:07 am

Great work Robert, these 3d printed parts are really helpful, they are turning up more and more in builders project's, very time saving and accurate, i like the look of them, regards simon.

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Re: My Sherman - a 14 year project

Post by Stephen White » Fri Nov 27, 2020 12:49 pm

Bob, you've certainly put Turkey Day to good use. As Simon says, the 3D printing is catching on and you've got very skillful eye. The details look superb. It still feels a bit like "cheating" though, despite the skill that goes into the design work. It's a bit like autopilots in aviation. I always wanted to fly manually and with the more challenging old aircraft. Must be mad. 3D is the way ahead. Regards. Stephen

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Re: My Sherman - a 14 year project

Post by Vince Cutajar » Fri Nov 27, 2020 4:36 pm

I consider 3D printing as the latest tool in a modeller's tool box. I remember many years ago when CNC started getting in home workshops, many people thought that it was cheating. Now if you are lucky to have it in your home workshop, it it considered as another tool. One uses these tools as and when required depending on the situation. Just like autopilots. If you are doing a private flight on a small airplane it is a very satisfying feeling flying it manually but if one is doing a commercial flight on the large aircraft it is not even allowed to start the flight without at least one operable autopilot. Think busy airports like Heathrow, Frankfurt or New York.

As Stephen said a certain amount of skill is required to use these new tools.

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