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DML Sherman Mk.Ic Firefly Hybrid
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Posted: Monday, July 05, 2010 - 05:36 PM UTC
Pat McGrath provides an In-Box review of the Sherman Hyrid Firefly Ic from Dragon, a Smart Kit release in 1/35.

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If you have comments or questions please post them here.

Thanks!
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Posted: Tuesday, July 06, 2010 - 02:24 AM UTC
Thanks for putting this up James.
One mistake I made in the review:
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The periscopes to the front of the front hatches are now separate so they can be modeled opened or closed.


Of course there was no co driver on a firefly so that periscope would never be used and the cover should remain closed.
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Posted: Tuesday, July 06, 2010 - 03:13 AM UTC
thanks Pat! enjoyed reading this one very much, as I have the kit too.
I agree with you on the markings options, and feel too that more options should have been given.
by the way, just a note on the gun: there is a "nice" seem going from end to end, which will need sanding. usually their one (or almost one) piece guns are pretty good.
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Posted: Tuesday, July 06, 2010 - 03:44 AM UTC
Pat,

Thanks for the review! Is the turret sprue truly new to this kit? I can't get hold of my Vc kit at the moment to compare... (And is the gun tube the correct length? I remember there being a fuss that the older Dragon one was a tad long...)

Tom
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Posted: Tuesday, July 06, 2010 - 08:22 AM UTC
@ Tom: The barrel is approx 99mm long from the tip of the muzzle brake to the end of the tapered section some of which will be covered by the mantlet but it is still way too long by about 9mm

firefly barrel
Sorry I didn't put that in the review I missed it because I plan on using a lionmarc barrel.


The turret sprue is a new casting as unlike the VC it doesn't have the pistol port.

@metooshelah: "Nice" of you to add the note about the gun- an ommission on my part- again because I plan on using the Lionmarc one though of course not everyone will do that.
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Posted: Tuesday, July 06, 2010 - 10:04 AM UTC
Hi Pat,

Thanks for the review. I gave up waiting for this one and bought their 9037 re-issue when it can out, at 15.00 I'll make the fixes and give this one a miss.

The re-issue has the two indi track set links and duckbill connectors which I like anyway.

Pity they still haven't got the correct barrel length! The barrel in the 9037 kit is even bigger!!

Thanks

Al
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Posted: Tuesday, July 06, 2010 - 01:20 PM UTC
Thanks for the review although I wish to clarify a statement in the review:
"The majority of hybrid Ic Fireflys were made with the low bustle turret without the pistol port and with the added oval loader's hatch."

This is incorrect as the original turrets had no loaders hatch when the pistol port was removed (as were most of the British M4 Composites (75mm). The oval loaders hatch was introduced along with he pistol port briefly before production switched to High Bustle turrets although these are incredibly rare and hard to find pictures of (I've only seen them on Soviet M4A2 and an M4A1). The HB turrets all had the oval loades and the Pistol port
The LB turret without pistiol port had the standard Firefly Loaders hatch added and not the oval one as is depicted in the kit.
This turret is a big improvement over the original DML Firefly turret but I'm not a fan of the lower/upper split. The original followed the cast join of te real thing which was easy to deal with.
CHeers
Al
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Posted: Tuesday, July 06, 2010 - 01:44 PM UTC

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Thanks for the review although I wish to clarify a statement in the review:
"The majority of hybrid Ic Fireflys were made with the low bustle turret without the pistol port and with the added oval loader's hatch."

This is incorrect as the original turrets had no loaders hatch when the pistol port was removed (as were most of the British M4 Composites (75mm). The oval loaders hatch was introduced along with he pistol port briefly before production switched to High Bustle turrets although these are incredibly rare and hard to find pictures of (I've only seen them on Soviet M4A2 and an M4A1). The HB turrets all had the oval loades and the Pistol port
The LB turret without pistiol port had the standard Firefly Loaders hatch added and not the oval one as is depicted in the kit.


My mistake Al -it should read "rectangular" loader's hatch which was added during the tank's conversion to a Firefly, I might ask James to edit that.

If ABM are still going they do a very good High Bustle Firefly Turret
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Posted: Tuesday, July 06, 2010 - 02:05 PM UTC

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If ABM are still going they do a very good High Bustle Firefly Turret



Pat,

Formations have a great high bustle that they have just released also :

High Bustle Turret from Formations

I've just ordered it - looks GREAT !

I'll be using it with this kit for one slightly different Polish Version
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Posted: Tuesday, July 06, 2010 - 05:29 PM UTC
Hi Pat,

Added the 'corrections' (hopefully I did them correctly) and the image that you posted of the barrel...hope this is ok.

Great review, thanks!
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Posted: Tuesday, July 06, 2010 - 09:32 PM UTC
@James thanks for that

@Paul That looks great- Rob Ervin's stuff is excellent.
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Posted: Tuesday, July 06, 2010 - 11:55 PM UTC
Pat,

Thanks for the barrel info! Do you think the unwanted 9mm can be safely "lost" from just behind the muzzle brake? I'm thinking in terms of being able to suggest useful fixes in the review...

Regards,

Tom
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Posted: Wednesday, July 07, 2010 - 03:30 AM UTC

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Pat,

Thanks for the barrel info! Do you think the unwanted 9mm can be safely "lost" from just behind the muzzle brake? I'm thinking in terms of being able to suggest useful fixes in the review...

Regards,

Tom



You could do that, the barrel is tapered but the increase in thickness is minimal in those9mm.
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Posted: Friday, November 25, 2011 - 02:26 AM UTC
pat could your please tell me if co-axial machine gun is a flush fit or perturding thanks david