1⁄35Out of the Box Sherman
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.