M-4A3 (76mm) VVSS Sherman
by Frank De Sisto
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||Eduard 35826, M-4A3 (76mm) VVSS Sherman for
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I am a fan of the classic US M4-series of medium tanks (who isnít?).
There are never enough kits and never enough after-market items for
themÖat least as far as I am concerned! So I welcome yet another
etched brass set from Eduard, this time for the recent DML M4A3
(76mm) VVSS kit.
It is an extensive set containing three frets of plated etched brass
and five pages of instructions. All of the items we have come to
expect from an etched brass set are here including: tool clamps,
clips and straps; tow cable brackets, rear deck storage tray with
straps, and spare track block racks. There are also brush guards for
the head- and tail-lamps, new front fenders and mounts, mounting
strips for sand shields, retaining chains for fuel and water filler
caps and stops for the opened engine deck access hatches.
The driverís and bow gunnerís
hatches receive completely new details as well as rotating plates
and brush guards for the periscopes, plus a new vent and screen for
the area between them. There are details for the commanderís cupola
hatch as well as the loaderís split hatch, but there is no vane
sight for the area in front of the commanderís cupola. The .50
cal.M2 heavy machine gun gets new sights, grips, cooling jacket (the
bow .30 cal. gets this as well), carry handle, ammo box with tray
and (flat) belted ammo. Finally, the various storage clamps for the
.50 cal., as well as the travel lock are included. Throughout the
set there are various (obviously flat) parts meant to represent
handles of one sort or another. These are best left un-used; fine
wire is a better alternative in this case.
This is a very useful set, although it is missing at least one
critical item (the commanderís vane sight).
Eduard for the review sample.
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Text and Images by Frank V. De
Page Created 16 January, 2006
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24 January, 2006