Allied M4A1 Sherman Tank
Edited by Rob Haelterman
At this time this is a new 1/72-scale kit from a company from which I have only seen some small scale figures, and 15-mm (1/87) scale AFVs. Keep in mind that it is intended for the wargaming market, not for display modelers, so cannot necessarily be judged with the same criteria. Still we should expect some degree historical accuracy despite simplification of construction.
There are three individual and identical kits
in the box, of 30-parts each. The plastic is molded thick but well,
with no flash and few sinkholes; only one part arrived broken.
At the top is the hull which to me appears well detailed and molded for a gaming kit. It does have some significant accuracy problems though, some problems that cannot be fixed. The hull appears to be a mix of early small-hatch hull and big-hatch M4A1 hull features. The angle of the glacis is 47 degrees like a big-hatch Sherman but the shape and orientation of the driver hatches are for the earlier 57-degree small-hatch hull. If it were a small-hatch M4A1 it should have a direct vision visor or a periscope in front of the hatch, but it does not; if it were a big hatch M4A1 it should have a periscope in front of each hatch. The rear of the upper cast hull has a straight-across bottom where it should have a U-shaped cutout.
The glacis has a gun travel lock between the hatches that is normal for the long 76-mm gun, not the 75-mm gun. The two ventilation domes on the right side are typical for the late wet ammunition stowage hull; the small-hatch M4A1 should have domes like that on the turret roof. The differential cover in the kit is the one-piece sharp nose model. The tools are molded on and the lifting rings are solid which is acceptable for a gaming kit and too common for too many display models. The bow machine gun at upper right is a little thick.
At upper left on the sprue is a commander half-figure
which looks to be a British crew figure. At center are the lower and
upper halves of the low-bustle turret with single split-hatch cupola;
no loader’s hatch. Next to the cupola is a small hole for the
50-cal. MG mount. This machine gun was typically mounted on the rotating
cupola; in the location PSC has it, it interferes with the opening
of the split hatch.
At upper right are the four upper and lower
track runs which look like a good rendition of the all-steel T54E1
track block. This track is done very well and done the same way as
Zvezda kits, and looks much better than kits with the track and suspension
molded all together like Italeri and others. The lower hull has the
suspension bogies molded into the hull side which is typical of a
wargaming Sherman. Sand skirts are included but were rarely fitted
onto M4’s used by the US Army in Europe.
There are no decal markings included in the box.