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Building "Dixie Belle" for the Sherman Group Build using...

Tasca's "El Alamein" kit

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Dan Reed30/01/2012 03:18:18
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I had planned on building a 72nd Dragon kit for the Group build, but after fighting with the suspension, I decided to move on...
To making a M4A1 from the 1st Armored Division before the battle at Kasserine Pass. There are quite a few photos of this tank after the battle and if you know anything about the battle, you know that 1AD did not fair well at their first battle with the German Army.
Tasca will be coming out this kit at the end of February, but I decided to beat them to the punch by using the earlier kit and then use the decals from the new kit it arrives.
Here is Dixie's box art from Tasca-
Here is the kit that I'll be using-

More later...
Dan Reed30/01/2012 03:30:29
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More from Tasca's website about "Dixie Belle"-

Love those yellow markings!
As I said, 1AD didn't do well-here is a pic of old Dixie after the battle (pic from the internet)-
She's sunk up to her belly in muck and is well holed and burned.
There are great photos of her in this book-
Pics from the books website-

After looking at the book, I noticed that Tasca got the transmission wrong on their box art, they show a three piece when it should be a round type. Here's a three piece-
When it should be the rounded type-
I'd like to show you the pics from the book, but I don't scan pics from books and post them on the internet.
Dan Reed30/01/2012 03:40:15
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One of the reason's that I want to build this tank is that it's my first Tasca kit with direct vision slots (DV) and M3 "Lee" style suspension.

I hope that some find this interesting!
More later guys!
Ross Moore30/01/2012 10:40:31
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Will follow this looks to be good, you going to do pre battle or after battle?

Ken Holland30/01/2012 11:24:54
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Dan, I've updated the GB list to reflect your change of subject and I'll be watching this one for sure.
Interesting about Tasca's mistake. I notice that the top b/w shot on the example page you posted shows an M4A1 with 3-piece cover, so obviously both types were around at the time. I take it that a front pic of Dixie in the book shows a round front?
Dan Reed30/01/2012 13:56:12
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Ross-pre battle it is!
Ken-There are a few pics of Dixie in the First Blood book after the battle that clearly show a round nose on her. Most photos of the DV M4A1's in that book show them with rounded noses. Tasca must assume that all DV M4/M4A1's have the three piece cover which is hardly the case.
Thanks for looking in.
Simon Hammerton30/01/2012 15:03:55
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Hi Dan

I have the El Alamein kit in the stash, so I'll be interested to see how you go with this.

Alan Mckenzie30/01/2012 15:46:06
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Hi Dan
You are probably aware of this anyway but Tasca do a great service in selling sprues from kits should you need them.
Maybe this would solve your hull front issue, I don't know, Shermans are something I know very little about.
reference 35010 -J sprue

From their web page

Edited By Alan Mckenzie on 30/01/2012 15:47:09

Dan Reed30/01/2012 15:52:33
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Thanks for the info, but the kit does include this tree, so I'll have no problem with finding that part.
Thanks for dropping by!
Tim White 130/01/2012 19:18:15
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"....did not fair well..." is a mild understatement. Best of luck with this.

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