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Dragon Models Limited 1/72 Scale Armor Pro Series Kit
No. 7312; Sherman Mk. V "Tulip"
Sherman Mk. V "Tulip"
Reviewed by Cookie Sewell
Stock Number and Description
Dragon Models Limited 1/72 Scale Armor Pro
Series Kit No. 7312; Sherman Mk. V "Tulip"
Media and Contents:
201 parts (153 in grey styrene,
46 etched brass, 2 DS plastic track runs)
retail price estimated at US $13.98
Continuing the versions of the Sherman and
tracking the 1/35 scale DML offerings; very nicely done rockets and
Size of etched brass parts borders on the
Highly Recommended for all small-scale
Commonwealth fans and Shermanoholics
DML's latest Sherman release gets
them back on more stable ground with a nicely done Sherman V (M4A4)
with the 60-lb rocket launcher option.
Attaching rockets to tanks has been an ongoing program by various
nations since the beginning of armored vehicles. The Soviets had
probably the most extreme version in which they essentially created
rocket-powered 120 kilogram bombs and attached them to the sides of
the turret of a BT-5 and called it the BT-5TT – TT for "tankoviy
During WWII the British were a bit more rational (one note of
observation is the "Murphy's Law" corollary that if you attach
explosives outside of your tank they can blow you up too!) and used
much smaller 60-lb rocket projectiles. The idea was to provide
overwhelming firepower at point-blank range against bunkers or
infantry barricaded inside a building. The 60-lb rocket projectile
warhead had the same basic impact and damage capability as the 5.5"
gun so was extremely lethal at short range.
DML has now taken their Sherman V (M4A4) kit and added the rocket
launchers to it. As before this basically combines the A, B and C
sprues from the Firefly kit (details and mid-production VVSS
suspension with welded road wheels and "straight" return roller arms
with pillow blocks) with their M4A1 turret, as well as the two DS
plastic British pattern steel chevron (T62 style) track runs.
The hull is beautifully done with "Slide Molding" providing the side
details as well as the top and front/rear ones, including very
petite weld bead details (less casting numbers!) and other niceties
such as the fender/sand shield mountings. The turret likewise has
been "Slide Molded" as has the gun barrel which has a hollow muzzle.
Everywhere one looks are fine details such as bolts, screw heads,
weld bead, etc.
All of the armored applique panels are included, three hull, one
turret and the Firefly patch, but in this kit that is ignored.
Again, the trailer hitch remains molded in the stowed position on
the side of the rear doors, but unless you are planning on using an
ammo trailer that is pretty minor. All of the crew hatches and the
pistol port are separate parts and can be shown open or shut. There
is no interior detail in the turret.
The transmission cover is the "bolted" three-section type with
separate bolt flanges, which is normal for portraying this
component, and has a choice of cast in or etched brass "ears" for
the tow shackles. Other etched brass components include the
taillight lenses, light guards, part of the tool brackets, and in
the RP (right puny) department, the locking tabs and ears for the
hatches. (These are maybe 0.5 x 1.0 mm.)
Surprisingly DML has not included the fenders/sand shields for this
model of the Sherman, as they were more commonly used by
Commonwealth tankers than Americans. Considering it would be a good
idea to use etched brass for this, the omission is a bit odd.
Another oddity, probably based on the "mix and match" sprues, is
that for this kit they provide TWO M2HB .50 caliber machine guns,
but neither one is used. Go figure.
The rockets come with two brackets, a two-piece launch rail, and
rocket warhead/body and separate tail fin section. These have
credibly thin fins and appear to be pretty much on the money.
Markings and finishing instructions are provided for three different
tanks from the 1st Armoured Battalion, Coldstream Guards, Germany,
1945; all are in olive green with a choice of three different
numbers (white 2A, white 2B or yellow 9B.) The complete markings for
one of three tanks are provided on a small targeted Cartograf sheet.
Overall this is a nice little kit and unlike the unfortunate 105mm
turrets uses one of the best of the DML efforts, now enhanced with
the rocket racks.
A 38 M4A4 hull details
a 28 M4 75mm turret with M34/M34A1 gun mount
B 41 M4/M4A1 75mm Sherman details
C 30 Mid-production VVSS suspension
D 2 M4A4/Sherman V hull
d 14 60-lb rockets and racks
X 2 DS plastic tracks (T62 type)
MA 46 etched brass