Let’s Finish Out Tank Time!

With the bench increasingly packed away, I’ve been spending my modeling time building tank after tank to the painting stage, then moving on to the next. So far I’ve tackled Tasca’s M4A3(76)W Sherman, Trumpeter’s KV-2, Cyber-Hobby’s M4A4 75mm Sherman, and now I’m working on Dragon’s T-34/85.

But I still have a few weeks before the move, and likely a few weeks after the move, before the bench is up and fully functional again.

So…more tanks.

Instead of picking willy-nilly, I thought I’d do what I’ve done in the past, and turn the choice of my next build(s) over to the blog. So…another poll! You can choose up to three…and I’ll build from the top vote-getter on down!

I’m planning to keep this poll running probably through the weekend (depends how fast or slow I get through the T-34!), and I’m looking forward to what y’all come up with!

And while you’re here, be sure to check out the 1st Annual Doogs’ Models Fall Giveaway, starting November 1st!

The kits:

Cyber-Hobby Panzer III Ausf.E/F

I recently built the Dragon/Cyber-Hobby Panzer III Ausf.L Vorpanzer and loved it. This is an earlier variant of the vaunted Panzer III.

Dragon Brummbar Mid-Production

The Brummbar was a siege gun mounted on a Panzer IV chassis.

Dragon M4 Sherman Composite Hull

The M4 Composite Hull was a hybrid of the M4A1 and M4A2, using the A1’s cast hull up front, with a welded rear.

Dragon Panzer IV Ausf.J Last Production

I had a blast with Dragon’s Panzer IV Ausf.G, and this kit looks even better, with several small improvements in engineering, and metal mesh thoma skirts. And some very cool paint schemes.

Dragon Sherman Firefly Mk.Ic Hybrid

Another Dragon Sherman Composite Hull, this time in British Firefly guise. Which means it’s packing the British QF 17-pdr main gun.

Tamiya BT-7

Soviet tank design of the 1930s. As with most Soviet tanks before the T-34, there’s something very…silly about it.

Tasca M4A3E2 “Jumbo”

The Jumbo was an uparmored Sherman designed to act as the “tip of the spear” and create breakthroughs through which armored columns and mechanized infantry could pour through. Jumbos were the first tanks to reach Bastogne during the Battle of the Bulge.

Tasca M4A3E8 “Easy Eight”

Another Sherman! The M4A3E8 was a late-war Sherman variant using a new Horizontal Volute Spring Suspension (HVSS) designed to cope with the increasing weight of the Sherman’s armor and armament. And these Shermans packed a punch with the powerful M1 76mm main gun. They were used into the Korean War, but this one is a late World War II model. And though rare on the battlefield, probably my favorite single iteration of the iconic tank.

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