Eduard M4A2 Sherman US Marines
by Frank De Sisto
Photo-etched brass in 1/35th-scale for Academy kit. Contains
two frets and five pages of instructions. Price: $22.95 USD.
Recently Academy released a decent kit of a late M4A2 in
USMC trim. That kit corrected a major flaw in the hull rear and also included
fairly well-done deep wading trunks; see both Cookie Sewell’s and
my review of that kit on this site for more info. This new set is tailored
for that kit and includes several items unique to USMC M4A2s.
To begin with, two styles of protective stand-off screens
are provided to re-produce the field-applied items used to thwart Japanese
close-in anti-tank tactics. There are also racks for spare track links,
as well as screens, mounting strips and latches for the deep wading trunks.
The more conventional items that are usually in these sets are also included.
They include: tool clamps, straps and brackets, head- and tail-lamp brush
guards, new front fenders and hull mounting strips for the track skirts.
Specific to the M4A2, there are screens for the radiators that are seen
under the hull rear overhang.
The turret and hull are also detailed with periscope brush
guards, two styles of blade sights, various storage clamps and brackets
for the .50 cal. M2 HMG, as well as internal and external details for
all hatches and both styles of commander’s cupola. The M2 also receives
new details such as cradles for the gun and ammo box, pintle mount, ammo
box and belted ammo, grips, sights, chains, cooling jacket and carry-handle.
Altogether, this set will enhance a kit which is decent
to begin with, and which, with a bit of research, will produce a fine
finished model. And, since this is for an M4 variant, it could also provide
many useful bits that are universally seen on these tanks.
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