Good quality casting;
wide variety of stowage, on-vehicle equipment and customising
options; large quantity will be enough for at least two
Some pinholes; no instructions
Admittedly things did not get off
to a great start with this set, as there is a fair amount of bubbles
in the resin at some very inconvenient places, and my initial
impression was plagued with reservations.
Despite this fact one thing is very
apparent and that is the fact that you get a lot of kit here for
your money. This set is packed out with just about everything you
could want to pop onto a British Sherman.
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As we move along through a closer
examination of the parts, things continue to improve, and my
estimation of the set increases accordingly. There is a plethora of
accurately reproduced detail, and it is apparent that a great deal
of care and effort has gone into the masters. Far from simply
casting some reworked parts, there is a fair amount of scratch
building apparent, and all of it done to the highest quality. Loaded
with several bundles of stowed gear, depending on how much you want
to put on one tank, this set will easily extend to a couple of
models, and will no doubt add some filling to the spares box.
I was very pleased to see several POW cans although the handles are
moulded on as solid, and this is one thing I will need to alter
myself when using them on a model, although they will easily be more
than passable as is.
While not remarkable for their inclusion with the set (as they would
be expected to go with any British conversion), the fire
extinguishers, are an extremely pleasing addition. They have been
cast without the brackets, thus making their inclusion with
photo-etched parts much easier.
Rounded out with British ammunition boxes, various details including
the early type searchlight, this set is a very well thought out
Once again my only reservation comes from the air bubbles that
permeate a great deal of the parts, although these will not take any
serious work to correct, they can be done without.
I give this set a good recommendation, and thanks to MR Modellbau
for giving the British armour fans out there the opportunity to
convert their 48th scale Sherman’s into Commonwealth subjects, thus
opening the spectrum for markings into some very colourful options
rather than olive drab or olive drab and in a pinch,…olive drab. Of
course mine could well end up olive drab. There are those among us
who remain sceptical about 48th scale armour ( I’m looking your way
Peter Brown! :-D ) but I think that as long as we keep getting
quality accessories and releases in this scale it will continue to
grow and become more accessible.
Frank Berger and MR Modellbau for the samples