Our Sherman Firefly Vc research was carried out from various online literature resources, but most significantly, our informations were heavily relying on this book, "British Tanks in Normandy" written by Ludovic Fortin...
The Sherman Firefly was a tank used by the United Kingdom and some Commonwealth and Allied armoured formations in the Second World War. It was based on the US M4 Sherman, being fitted with the powerful 3-inch (76.2 mm) calibre 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, mounting the 17-pounder in the existing Sherman. This proved fortunate, as both the Cruiser Mk VIII Challenger and Cruiser Mk VIII Cromwell tank designs experienced difficulties and delays.
Our Sherman Firefly Vc research was carried out from various online literature resources, but most significantly, our informations were heavily relying on this book, "British Tanks in Normandy" written by Ludovic Fortin. This book had mentioned so much details of all the major British armour fighting vehicles that had been used during the Normandy.
It is a material that consumers have been craving for, direct measurement towards a product value...
It is a material that consumers have been craving for, direct measurement towards a product value. Yet, it is not friendly to manufacturers because turning the ZAMAK from its raw material shape (very much like a chocolate bar shape) into something specific requires very high level of casting and die design. the melting point of ZAMAK is over 400 degrees, it requires specific casting machine to carry out the work. As you can imagine, operators do not enjoy working with these machines because its surrounding environment incurs high temperatures.
When ZAMAK parts are formed straight out from the die-casting machine, the edges of the parts always connect with some residual materials. These materials were only useful during the process, called filtering bags to improve purity on the parts surface. However, removal of these residual materials, technically speaking, the polish process is tedious and requires a lot of attention from polishing workers, if anything goes wrong the parts would be total lost.
Despite the complicate manufacturing process of a ZAMAK parts, After all, it’s a human nature that we love metal, its weight, our sensation towards the metal surface, its high impact strength and ductility have forged the concept of “the more metal the better” in our mind.
Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene (ABS)
Forces of Valor’s products are manufactured in our new in-house facility owned by Waltersons Industrial Group limited. One of the many reasons for not hiring outsourcing factories to carry out the work is due to the experiences we’ve had in the past. To make a good model is no different than cooking a delicious meal, the vital elements are down to the ingredients itself. In our case, it would be our raw materials such as Plastic, Zinc-Alloy metal, aluminium etc…
The main source of our plastic are supplied from Chi-Mei, a Taiwanese brand known to be the benchmark for manufacturing Acrylonitrile butadiene styrene known as ‘ABS’. Unlike most model kits which many manufacturers prefer to use Polystyrene known as ‘PS’, it is more brittle than ABS, the butadiene element inside ABS helps providing better elasticity to a part. Considering many FoV products include moving hatches, working suspension arms, rotatable caterpillars, ABS material helps provide long-lasting parts for cosmetic appreciation that can sustain high temperatures whilst its elasticity characteristics can prevent damage from structure deformation.
Forces of Valor products, static or RC are well known for they're functionality, many of the hatches in their armoured vehicles, aircrafts or helicopters are moveable. ABS plastic material can be used in certain applications, however they’re not always appropriate for being used for moving parts. To ensure that the quality can survive in tough conditions and heavy handed, we use polycarbonate (PC) plastic materials instead.
The mechanical property of PC is stronger than ABS, yet its shrinkage ratio is almost identical to ABS, that said it is easy to mold and can exhibit intricate details like ABS. Moreover, PC is very tough and ideal to use in hinges and suspension arms.
Since the FoV 1/32 scale tank series first made their debut back in 2003, its iconic weathering effects have always been the talk of the die-cast collectible world...
Since the FoV 1/32 scale tank series first made their debut back in 2003, its iconic weathering effects have always been the talk of the die-cast collectible world. When FoV was acquired by Waltersons Industrial Group in 2017, the first thing that came into our mind was how to re-create those weathering effects, or perhaps to even exceed the standard that had been achieved in the past?
It has taken 24 months of trial and error until we at FoV eventually stumbled upon Mr. Joe Lo, a master in modelling, received numerous hobby modelling awards, and an artist in his own right. He is now in charge of training a new team the skills required to paint the Forces of Valor style weathering effect. Even though the weathering effect is now carried out from a mass production unit, the technique and procedures are no different than a professional modeller’s approach. as a result, the outcome is just as good as one created by a Pro!
The weathering effect in this particular British Sherman Firefly Vc was trying to re-create the scenery during the Battle of Normandy, during night time as a result the British SCC15 drab looks a bit darker than usual. We had attempted to create a rain dripping effects on the hull surface because it is usually raining season during summer time in Normandy. Mud effects had also been added to the road wheels because many battles were fought across the forest.
Forces of Valor is well known to the collectors for three fundamental elements; Die-cast, Weathering effects and Moving parts. Since the first 1/32 scale tank debuted to the market, collectors were fascinated by the amount of details being added to the model, what collectors found most surprisingly upon seeing the models was the of level surface detail, even the internal engine, ventilation pipes, internal main gun stowage bin, something that everyone would normally neglect.
Forces of Valor has always been trying to re-create a scene rather than just portraying a particular subject. Soldiers and dioramas are essential elements to create an appealing scene. It has became a Forces of Valor tradition to include at least one soldier figure in every product, how could the machine be controlled without an operator, a perfect scenery is a combination of machine, soldiers and other dioramas.