1/72-scale conversion kit appears to be designed to convert a 1/72-scale
Sherman tank to a tank designed to wade through water up to the turret
roof. This allowed the tanks to exit off a LCT (Landing Craft Tank)
and have less worry of the engine and crew being flooded. The forward
wading stack I understand allows air intake and the rear stack is
for exhaust. This style of wading trunks replaced field-manufactured
ones I’ve seen in some historical photos.
most commonly seen these used with M4 (Sherman I) tanks. In conjunction
with the wading stacks, the tank hatches, turret race, vents, periscopes,
bow machine gun and other openings would be sealed with caulking and
covers. In reference photos I have typically seen them with light
cable tie-downs and “jettisoning ropes”. These particular
wading stacks were used during the Normandy and Southern France landings,
and the Pacific islands. See your references for further information.
The box of Calibre 72’s Sherman
Dozer M1 kit #72014 shows a photo of these wading trunks mounted
on a Sherman model.
are six gray colored cast-resin parts. It looks like we have some
clean-up to do by sawing off the pour plugs.
is great and casting appears faultless. Unlike the etched brass
wading stacks included in DML’s M4 Normandy kit, these stacks
are molded solid with a screen impression over the opening.
kit instructions have a numbered parts diagram and two-color exploded-view
style assembly instructions which look pretty simple and clear,
though I am unsure of the exact placement of part-5. The instructions
do not specify if any of the details on the rear engine plate, like
the engine doors, have to be cut off; test fit the part and use
your references and common sense to be sure.
instructions state that this conversion is for any Sherman: this
would mean it would work just as well on a 1/72 scale Sherman from
Dragon, or UM, ESCI, Italeri, ARMO or MR Models; or with the M4A1,
M4A2, M4A3 or M4A4? The drawing shows kit part-2 being attached
to what appears to be the engine deck of a gasoline powered M4.
I recommend that the set be test fit to your kit you plan on using.
The M4A3 and M4A2 had a different engine deck and rear plates with
large ventilation grates that would require a different base for
the intake and vent stacks.
appears to be a very well rendered conversion kit for a 1/72 scale
M4 and M4A1 Medium tank that I recommend highly.
solid stacks may be a drawback for some modelers doing a display
model. Dragon and aftermarket companies produce etched brass wading
stacks that may be more appropriate for them.
US Armored Funnies, US Specialized Armored Vehicles in the ETO in
World War II #7052, by Stephen J Zaloga, Concord Publications Co (2005).