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Out of the Box Sherman

The M4 Sherman medium tank was the main armored vehicle of the allied forces in World War II. A total of 49,234 Sherman tanks were built in the United States and more than 55,000 were produced during the Second World War, a quantity equaled by only one other wartime tank, the Soviet T-34. Variants of the Sherman tank included flamethrower, rocket launcher, mine clearers, amphibious and tank dozer conversions.

Production began on December 11, 1941 of the welded hull M4 and the cast hull M4A1. Interestingly, the first assembly lines were established by British contract and the first two Sherman bore British Army numbers.

The subject of this article is the welded hulled, gasoline-powered, aircraft engined M4. This particular tank entered production with the Pressed Steel Car Company, a railroad manufacturer. More than 10 factories produced the different variants of the Sherman during the war, which allowed the tank and the armies that employed it to be successful in the battlefields of Italy and Western Europe.

About the Author

About Reimund G. Manneck (Bombshell)

I have been modeling since 8 years old, but more seriously since I was 16. Started building aircraft, and that is why I am studying Aerospace Engineering at the University at Buffalo. Changed to armor modeling 2 years ago, 'cause canopy masking was driving me nuts. ARTILLERY, KING OF BATTLE!!!!!!!...


Nice job! Glad to see another Sherman fanatic join the crowd. Has anyone done the rocket firing Sherman? If so, do you have photos? Osprey has a great layout on doing one the correct way. I have the DML kit and am anxious to try it based on the feedback. Thanks DJ
APR 15, 2002 - 12:40 AM
Shermans rule, great article!
JUN 28, 2002 - 10:10 AM
From one OTB modeler to another.....great article and a very nice model.
JUN 28, 2002 - 12:21 PM
Great looking Sherman, Bombshell Liked the article, too..
JUN 28, 2002 - 01:15 PM
Hi, Very nice. I hope to be able to build one of my Shermans like that.
JUN 28, 2002 - 06:02 PM
Got to chime in great job on a great model, good to see that you didn't need to drop $100.00 extra dollars on added parts
JUN 28, 2002 - 07:08 PM
Nice job on your Sherman their Penny
JUN 28, 2002 - 07:10 PM
Great work OTB I take it from reading your article that you used tooth picks to put the scrap marks along sand shields. I have been looking for a technique to replicate tree limbs rubbing down the side of a M113. I tried dragging pastels, but that didn't look good. I will try your tooth pick method, as that is basically what happens, as broken tree limb rubs the side of the vehicle. Such a simple solution, Dohhh #:-)
JUN 28, 2002 - 10:46 PM
......Sherman's drool?.....is that what you said?.....Or was that Belton? ::::::hehe::::::: Tread. Just kiddin' guys.....no need for incoming 75 mikemike shots......oops,that's right, they were mostly ineffective.....make that 76 mikemike AP shots!
JUN 29, 2002 - 07:49 AM
Nice job on your Sherman their Penny [/quote] ...Ditto Penny, you've been holding out on us, haven't you? BTW, your BF 109 looks excellent! Were you able to get the cigar lighter installed? Powered and everything?.......all of a sudden I feel like a stogie! (or is that ...I look like a stogie?)
JUN 29, 2002 - 07:52 AM