The Sherman Firefly was a World War II British variant of the American Sherman tank, fitted with the powerful British 17 pounder anti-tank gun as its main weapon. Originally conceived as a stopgap until future British tank designs came into service, the Sherman Firefly became the most common vehicle with the 17 pounder in World War II.
Though the British expected to have their own new tank models developed soon, British Major George Brighty championed the already-rejected idea of mounting the 17 pounder in the existing Sherman. With the help of Lieutenant Colonel Witheridge and despite official disapproval, he managed to get the concept accepted. This proved fortuitous, as both the Challenger and Cromwell tank designs experienced difficulties and delays.
After the problem of getting the gun to fit in the Sherman's turret was solved, the Firefly was put into production in early 1944, in time to equip Field Marshal Montgomery's forces for the Normandy landings. It soon became highly valued as the only British tank capable of defeating the Panther and Tiger tanks it faced in Normandy at standard combat ranges. In recognition of this, German tank and anti-tank gun crews were instructed to attack Fireflies first. Between 2100 and 2200 were manufactured before production wound down in 1945.
Dragon 1:35 Scale Model, assembled, painted and photographed by me.
The FSV(Fire Support Vehicle) variant of the M113 was nicknamed "The Beast" and for good reason. It took the hull of a M113A1 and fitted it with the turret from the Alvis Saladin armored car. It boasts a 76mm gun, a .30 caliber coaxial machine gun and a .30 caliber machine gun mounted on the roof of the vehicle's turret. Along with smoke launchers the M113 FSV could not only move 10 troops but provide much needed support fire for them.
This is an older 1/35 Tamiya kit, painted in Enamels and weathered with art acrylics and pastels. Built "outta the box" with the exception being the figure, who was frankensteined from the bits box. Overall I was happy with the kit but it was significantly less detailed than the Academy m113 i just built. Originally I had planned on doing some cool outside shoots with my two M113's but i got a snow storm so that will have to wait.