Building Dragon M4A1 DV Sherman. From Start to Finish

Hi, I’m QDC. What we’re about to build today
is Dragon Sherman Tank M4A1 DV and this is is 1/35 scale. So lets start building this
kit right now. Let’s take a look inside this box. We have
the tracks. Lower hull. Upper hull. The turret. The wheels. Photo etched parts. Decals. And
the instruction sheet. I want to talk to you about Dragon’s attention
to details. What you’re looking at are the gun barrels. In this kit, you have two options
to use this one or this one. The difference between the two are very subtle. One is more
tapered than the other but it’s so subtle that I cannot tell the difference without
having a serious look at it. This really shows the level of detail that Dragon has committed
themselves for this kit. I want to talk you about making photo etched
parts. What I am pointing at is the fender and the fender is made out of three photo
etched parts…the fender itself and these two secondary parts that keep the fender in
shape. To make this part, you use ordinary tools that you have in your collection. You
use the hobby knife, a pair of tweezers, and super glue. The trick in making these photo
etched parts is to take your time. In my opinion, if you rush and try to make these part quickly,
it’s not going to work. Please take you time and it should turn out fine. Alright, so we built the model tank and now
it’s time for me to show you what I think about this kit so far. Take a look. This is the completed model kit before painting
and I like this model kit from Dragon. Dragon has always been a brand that I think of when
making high quality products for just about all kit that they make and this is no exception.
I like the details on the wheels, the cast texture on hull and also on the turret as
well. It’s very nice. The only complaint that I have about this model is the large seam
right here for the turret. There was a large seam so I had to use putty to fill it up.
But either than that, this model kit is really nice. I highly recommend this model kit for
all skill levels including the beginner. If you are a beginner, the only caution that
I have is assembling the photo etched parts for the fenders and for the light guards.
They are tedious to make but if you take your time, I think you are going to succeed. It’s
time for me to paint the model. It’s time for me to paint my model. I already
gave the entire model a coat of black primer and now I’m going to use my airbrush and paint
the entire model with the main color. I’m going to do some pin washing. I protected
the entire model with a coat of Future Floor Wax. Right over here is a cup of black artist
paint mixed with mineral spirits. I’m going to use my brush and give the entire model
a pin wash. I’m going to do some mud effects. What you
see right here is a cup of tile grout mixed with water to give it a mud like consistency.
I’m going to simply apply it with my brush to give areas of the undercarriage with mud. I’m going to add some rain streaks. What I
have in my hand is a brush dipped in flesh colored oil paint and I’m going to put a dot
where the rain streak begins then with a moist brush, I’m going to streak it down. I’m going to give my model some dust effects.
I’m going to give my entire model a coat of buff color. Ok, so we built the model tank, we painted
it, we weathered it, and now it’s time for me to show you the entire model kit from the
beginning to the end. Take a look. This if the completed model kit after painting
and weathering, and this is a nice model kit. I like the way I done the mud effects and
the rain streaks and giving dust effects gives this model worn out appearance. Not too worn
but it’s been in the field for a while and it’s the way I like it. The only complaint
that I have is the decals. The decals were getting what is known as “silvering” and I
tried to fix it by using two products called Micro Set and Micro Sol. It didn’t work too
well. It still have the silvering the decal here and the decal here and the other one
on the other side of the turret. That’s my only complaint. That complete this project. What you are about
to see is a video slideshow of the entire model kit but before I go, as always, just
because I put this video here on Youtube, it doesn’t make me a model kit expert. I am
not an expert. I’m just a regular guy just like you. I hope this video encourages you
to build a model kit of your own either it’s a model tank, a model plane, a model train,
or even an automobile. It doesn’t matter. In the end, it’s all about having fun. I’m
QDC, thanks for watching and always please, have a great day!

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