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Out of the Box Sherman

The Kit
Released in 1995, Tamiya's M4 is a mixture of the old and new. Some sprues are marked 1987 and others 1995. The kit comes in 6 dark green sprues of well-molded and flash free parts.

The upper hull, transmission cover, turret and gun mantlet are textured to a good effect. Talking about transmission cover, Tamiya includes both the three pieces and one-piece cover. The kit also includes two types of road wheels and drive-sprockets.

A great addition to the kit is the accessories. These include spare tracks and wheels, helmets, ammo pouches, knapp sacks, jerry cans, oil drums and stowage boxes. Also include are two half-figures for the driver and machine gun operator and a whole figure for the tank commander. Instructions are typical Tamiya, well organized and concise.

Decals are included for three Shermans: One in overall Olive Drab (France, Summer 1944, Unit Unknown); one in light sand and OD (C CO., 756th Bn., 5th Army, Italy, Feb. 1944); and the last one in red brown and OD camo (H CO., 66th Armd. Reg., 2nd Armd. Div., Normandy, Aug. 1944).

Tamiya labels the kit as an early version M4, but I have read that it actually represents and mid-production machine. Since I am an OTB modeler, I dismissed all warnings and built the kit with no fuss.

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