Good quality casting;
great fit; simple replacement for Tamiya kit parts; includes
rubber block tracks; will permit the modelling of an interesting
variety of vehicles.
Tracks retain ejector
pin marks (inside surfaces only)
New for the Tamiya M-4 Sherman is an
excellent set from MR Modellbau, M3 Style bogies.
MR Modellbau are certainly pushing the boat out when it comes to
48th scale British Sherman accessories and conversions, although
these could also be used to make American vehicles I am sure,
although why you would want to is beyond me. Just kidding of course!
This set will allow modellers to create the early variants of the
M4A1 that utilised the M3 style bogie with the centrally mounted
return roller, which were of the type used by the British at the
first battle of El-Alamein for instance, as was featured in 35th
scale in Steve Zaloga’s and Peter Brown’s brilliant feature in
Military Modelling a couple of years back.
The detail on each casting is crisply reproduced and the actual
casting is very well executed. Bolts have been added in appropriate
places on the suspension arms and the actually bogie, so I am fairly
impressed with the set overall. The only slight let down is the
tracks, as they have been directly cast from the Tamiya parts after
having had the rubber blocks sanded back. The interior side still
retains the ejector pin marks, which I would have liked to have seen
removed personally. However, this is a minor picking point, and one
of personal choice, as they will not be any hardship to remove.
I have quickly built up one of the bogies as you can see in the
accompanying images, and the fit is excellent. They come up looking
the part, and I can envision how different and interesting the
completed assembly will be.
thumbnails below to view larger images:
There will be some variety in markings
for British vehicles as they were used on M4A1’s as well as a couple
of Sherman III’s (M4A2) as I recall seeing at least one Royal
Wiltshire Yeomanry Sherman III with this configuration when Peter
Brown sent me the plethora of reference images when I was working on
the George article last year.
Overall, I would give this set a good recommendation despite the
tracks, as it is well cast, well detailed, and offers something a
little out of the ordinary.
Frank Berger and MR Modellbau for the samples