Eduard M-4A2 Sherman 76mm gun (35764)
by Frank De Sisto
Photo-etched brass in 1/35th-scale for Dragon kit. Price: $24.95 USD.
Although most, if not all of the recent DML kits come with photo-etch
detail parts (as does their M4A2 76) it seems that like Jell-O, there
is alway room for more. This latest set provides just about anything the
modeler would wish for, within reason (and within Eduard’s design
To begin with, there are the usual tool clamps, straps and clips, as
well as clamps for the tow cables. There are also the obligatory brush
guards for the head- and tail-lamps, as well as the horn. The latter comes
with parts that are nicely designed in order to ease the assembly of the
cross-piece. There is also a new storage tray for the hull rear plate,
complete with separate tie-downs and straps to hold stowage items in place.
The lower rear plate also gets an exhaust deflecter, but I can’t
say if it’s accurate or not.
All of the hatches get new rotating plates for the periscope heads (inside
and out), as well as brush guards, where appropriate. There are additional
details such as latches and hasps, as well as interior levers and grab-handles
(these last are best replicated with fine brass or styrene rod). There
are new front fenders that require the modeler to burnish the channel
on the rear face to replicate the reinforcing rib. The small rear mud
flaps are included as are the mounting strips for the sand shields. There
is a completely new vent plate and screen to replace the item seen between
the drivers‘ hatches. Other parts are provided to detail the gun
crutch, infantry telephone and transmission cover.
The turret also gets some nice details in the form of hatch hold-open
catches, antenna plates and .50 cal. storage brackets and clips. The M2
machine gun itself gets new sights, grip handles, cooling jacket and carry
handle, while the ammo box is replaced with a new etch version that comes
with a tray, separate lid, belted ammo and feed guides. The only thing
missing here is the commander’s blade sight often seen next to the
gunner’s periscope sight.
Altogether, this set will allow the patient modeler to produce a wonderfully
detailed model from a kit that is quite nice to begin with.
Eduard products are available at retail and mail order shops and directly
from the manufacturer at: www.eduard.cz.
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