Trumpeter have released the Korean version of the E8, the only difference between this and the earlier T 66 track version are the tracks and decals. The tracks are very late war or post war version and are also used on the Isreali M-50 should anyone want to do a bit of converting. Although the E8 was used by U.S. forces in Korea as were some M4A3 VVSS they were modified by the Tokyo Ordnance depot before being shipped, although the changes were minor and affected mainly the stowage it is something to bear in mind, as is that the E8 was also used by Canadian forces in Korea as well.
As with the other Sherman's the kit is not as refined as Dragons but it is certainly usable and at the moment it is the only viable HVSS suspensioned Sherman in Plastic. The suspension is correct in size and although slightly simplified in some areas, it is perfectly usable.
The lower hull is the same as used on the M4A3 75mm kit and has the same fit problems if care is not taken when affixing the two parts.
The hull is the same as the A3 but has the hull extensions to cover the wider track moulded on, this means that the supports for these are solid and not bars like they should be. The rear hull around the exhausts differ in build than on the A3 kit.
The kit has the correct turret for the type with the oval loader hatch and a choice of barrels with or without muzzle brake although the barrel with muzzle brake seems slightly short when compared to the Dragon barrel. Also included are the optional .50 and .30 cal weapons, although the .30 suffers from the same ammo box as the A3 kit mainly it is lying when it should be standing.
The suspension. The suspension is correct in size according to the dimensions given in Dougs Article Sherman HVSS
The easy suspension with the front wheels fitted, the rear wheels have to be added hence the need for two kits for a third set.
The new tracks, these are thicker than the T-66 tracks and so a bit more robust although they are dangerously thin around the area where they join.
As with all Trumpeter kits the decals provided are for more than one tank but as usual the instructions only show one vehicle so good references will be needed for the placement of the other decals. interestingly one set are for a Tiger painted vehicle.
A nice kit that measures out to 1/72, easier to build than the Dragon kits but also missing the refinements of the Dragon kits, still nothing that can't be rectified.
M4 Sherman in Action Squadron/Signal Armour No 16
Tank Warfare in Korea 1950-53 Concord books