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Canadian Grizzly I cruiser

The newest edition to my WW II Canadian army-- the Grizzly I (Canadian built M4A1 Sherman tank).

 

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grizzly_I_cruiser

 

188 Grizzly's were built and differed from the American equivelant by having thicker & more sloping armour, a longer operational range and Canadian Dry Pin (CDP) tracks (which lead to the use of a noticably different front drive sprocket)

 

Grizzly profile (showing sprocket):

 

www.flickr.com/photos/sarge_schultz/2894445064/

 

U.S. M4A1 Sherman (showing sprocket):

 

www.flickr.com/photos/yetdark/3306497884/

 

While doing some research on this Canadian tank I learned from various sources that a large number of the still functioning Shermans in the world today are in fact Grizzly's.

 

Key notes about this build:

 

I originally wasn't going to add a Grizzly to my army but seeing as I want to expand my force I decided to take the opportunity to make changes (size) to the Sherman chassis I've used for other builds as well as use my front bolted slope design.

 

-100% Old Dark Grey.

-Decals will be addded to make it a member of the Sherbrooke Fusiliers, 2nd Canadian Armoured Brigade.

-3x3 dish with a 2x2 round plate was used to represent the unique looking drive sprocket found on the Grizzly.

 

Credit to both PhiMa and Copper bricks for inspiration on the turret as they were two of the very first enthusiasts who started using SNOT techniques and modified bricks for tank turrets.

 

Additional turret credit goes to Brickologist. I didn't discover until after this build was complete that he used the same 1 x 3 x 2 Curved Top arch bricks for his redesigned Sherman. I honestly did not see his build while working on this but will still happily give him credit for both the part use and idea.

 

Thanks for looking.

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Taken on January 19, 2012