Beutepanzer M4A2 75
|Kit # 7373||Review by Pete Touhey - pete2e(at)yahoo(dot)com
Comments by Luis Rodríguez Duarte
Edited by Rob Haelterman
Picture above from Henk of Holland website, used with permission.
The 47 degree hull is very nice, but
the tools are still molded on, and unlike the 56 degree M4A2 the hatches
have the right number of louvers.
Dragon finally gives us some new wheels,
but they chose to wait to give them to us in a Beutepanzer! Notice
the grease nipples are all in the same position.
The wheels are hollow behind, but that's
easy to fix.
The return roller rounds off the last
of the newly tooled parts included in the kit. Everything else comes
from a previously released Sherman kit, so you end up with heaps of
parts for the spare parts box. (Those sprues come from Dragon's M4A3
105, M4A2, Sherman III, etc.)
I can't bring myself to build the M4A2 as a Beute. I think it will build into a nice USMC M4A2 from Saipan or Peleliu. All I'll need are some rubber or steel chevron tracks from another kit. I'll use the dish wheels on a Sherman from the European theater. There are lots of spare part bonuses in the kit. The loader's and commander's hatch from the T23 turrets are included and can be used to spiff up the Trumpeter Pershings.
Luis Rodríguez Duarte adds: