Modeling the Tank- Step 1

I have started getting the scene ready in max to start modelling my tank. I am going to model the tank first and then move on to the smaller objects. I have added planes to the scene with the blueprints to help me model a more acurate model of the tank. This will also make modeling the main features of the tank a lot easier too.

to get these references i added a plane object to the scnene and assigned a standard material with a diffuse bitmap and assigned the image of the blueprints as the diffuse texture.


I have now modeled some parts of the tank, i am starting off with just a simple blockout at first and then develop ontop of this. Currently i have only used cube, cylinder and tube polygons and used the extrude, connect and the movement/ resize tools to make these shapes. Each part of the tank i have modeled thus far has been a seperate object as it would be in real life.

Tank materials and ammunition information

I have found a brief desription of what materials tanks were made of/ are made of but have had no luck so far of what the M4Shermans were made of specifically. Generally steel is used as a base material, and depending on the tank you can have ceramic materials, titaniumdepleted uranium, cast iron or aluminum.

  • The .30 Carbine (7.62×33mm) is a rimless carbine cartridge used in the M1 carbine introduced in the 1940s. It is a light rifle round designed to be fired from the M1 carbine’s 18-inch (458 mm) barrel.

  • The .50 caliber M8 armor-piercing bullet has analuminum color tip. The cartridge has a manganese molybdenum steel core, a point filler of incendiary composition and a lead-antimony base seal. The bullet is used against armored personnel vehicles and is used in the M2, M3 and M85 machine guns.

(not my own, images found on google)

Tuesday 29th January 2019- Additional research for tank and location

I have been researching the history of the M4A2 (76) sherman used in the movie and also the location of the movie regardng filming, i am currently still trying to find information of where the crossroads location is in the movie but i have only found the location it was actually filmed. I know the film is premised around the last push through Germany but i hav’nt found anything thus far.

  • Manufacturer- American Locomotive Company.
  • Crew- 5
  • The M4A2(76)HVSS was the last type of the M4A2 series produced during World War II. Production of the M4A2(76) with vertical volute suspension system (VVSS) began in May 1944 at the Fisher Body Division of General Motors
  • M4A2(76)W, late type with duckbills in Russian service, Battle of Berlin, May 1945.  this is the model of tank used in the movie (even though it says it was used by the Russian services) so I will be using this for reference.
  • The film follows the exploits of an American tank crew – manning a tank nicknamed ‘Fury’ – in the dying days of the war in 1945. Location filming took place over 12 weeks in rural Oxfordshire and at Bovington Airfield in Hertfordshire, where the production team built a mudded German village.
  • The movie has references to the battle of Crailsheim , but bears more resemblance the battle of Reseiniai where one tank held back an advancing force at a crossroad until in ran out of ammunition. (reddit user jamatuzi2- 2017)\

Here are also some other links that have been useful for research:

Monday 28th Jan 2019- Scene layout idea

I recently re-watched ‘Fury’ and grabbed screen shots of the end scene where the tank is at the crossroads after the huge battle. This is the type of scene i want to go for, minus all of the dead soldiers.

I want to add some of my own assets to the environment aswell to make it more interesting rather than just a muddy ground. I was thinking of adding sandbags, barbed wire and some anti- tank barricades to the scene.

Sunday 27th January 2019- Tank Specs

I have found some specifications for the tank.

  • Weight- 30.3- 38.1 tonnes
  • Length- 5.84- 6.27m
  • Width- 2.62- 2.99m
  • Height- 2.74- 2.97m
  • Crew- 5 (commander, gunner, loader, driver, assistant driver/ bow gunner)
  • Armor- 12.7mm
  • Main armament- 76mm gun (71 rounds)
  • Secondary armament- .50 caliber Browning M2HB machine gun (300-600 rounds), 2x .30 caliber Browning M1919A4 machine guns (6,000-6,750 rounds)

 .30 cal.50 cal

  • Engine- General Motors 6046 twin inline diesel engine, 375hp at 2,100 rpm.
  • Transmission- Spicer manual synchromesh transmission, 5 forward and 1 reverse gear.
  • Suspension- Vertical volute spring suspension (VVSS) or horizontal volute spring suspension (HVSS).
  • Fuel capacity- 138–175 U.S. gallons.
  • Operational range- 100–150 miles on road.
  • Speed- 22–30 mph on road.

Week 1- Proposal and research

For the first week of the project i have been working on my proposal for my chosen project. The project i chose was the Tank from the movie ‘Fury‘ in the final scene where it is immobilised by a tank mine at the crossroads. My main focus of this project will be the exterior of the tank. I am currently undergoing research of the visuals of the tank, historical elements such as manufacturer and use in WW2. I am also looking into materials, blueprints, and armory of the tank (guns, ammo etc.).

I am currently working on my proposal and need to finish this soon. I have yet to figure out my project planning/ timetable.

Using the MoSCoW rule i have determined what it is i will be doing in this project.

Must– Main deliverable= ‘Fury‘ M4A2 (76) Sherman tank- base tank model, being the gun, body, wheels, tracks etc.

Should– Main elements of the tank such as the mounted machine guns, view holes and hatches for the crew, cargo such as ammo boxes, jerry cans, spare tracks, radio antennas and box etc.

Could– Smaller elements like used ammo caseings scattered on the tank, dirt and mud, bullet scratches and shell holes etc.

Would– smoke effects from engine/ shell hits, sparks/ fire from broken tracks etc.

I have put together a mood board for the visuals of the tank and found some blueprints to help with the modeling process.


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