75-mm M4 Sherman "Late Production" High Bustle Turret,
with pistol port
Kit : #WVC72012
by Stephen 'Tank Whisperer' Brezinski
This resin aftermarket Sherman turret represents a late production "high bustle" Sherman with the 75-mm M3 medium velocity gun, all-round vision cupola and oval loader's hatch as the main defining features. By "high bustle" we mean that the bustle at the rear of the turret for holding the radio was raised to make clearance for the larger driver hatches on the large-hatch Sherman hulls. The parts come in a small plastic bag with no boxart or assembly directions.
This turret would be at home on the M4A2(75) and M4A3(75) with the 47 degree glacis big-hatch hulls, the big -hatch M4A1(75), the big-hatch M4(75) Composite (Hybrid), and the M4A6(75). Below is a scan of the Wee Vehicles parts at right next to a LEVA Productions late production 75-mm turret with similar features for comparison.
is from the viewpoint of a display modeler looking at historical accuracy
as well a quality of the casting and the parts. My primary references
for this review are:
Wee Vehicles is part of the Wee Friends family of small scale figures and models. Wee Vehicles describes this particular conversion turret as an "old HQ72 (company turret) reworked". The conversion included two resin parts (turret and M34A1 gun mount). Below the turret are 10 cast white metal parts: two hatches, the machine gun mount, machine gun storage brackets, and a metal 75-mm gun barrel. The hatches have good detail on the underside as well.
gun barrel is white metal, not turned aluminum so it is a little soft
and the muzzle needs to be drilled out. I also recommend running fine
sandpaper down the barrel to remove the molding seam and smooth the
A close-up shows a heavy cast metal texture on the cast turret. To me the cast texture appears a bit too prominent. I notice some air bubbles needing to be filled on the gunsight periscope, on the edge of the ventilator, and on the lower right side. The turret is missing the additional cheek armor. If this particular turret model is a new production it would have the cast-in cheek armor on the forward right side; if it is a recycled turret, it should have welded-on appliqué armor.
The large hole to the left of the ventilator is for the spotlight but I do not think it is in the correct location, the bump to the left of this hole is for the spotlight cable. At far left is the hole for the smoke mortar.
cupola is the all-round vision type introduced about January 1944
and re-fitted on "recycled", older rebuilt turrets. This
cupola and white metal hatch look pretty well done. The rod like thing
between the two hatches is the folded-down bracket for the AA machine
gun barrel. I find the pistol port on the left side is a little simplified
but acceptable. The turret lifting ring locations are marked with
Though listed as a 75-mm gun armed Sherman turret I think with modifying the gun mount, this turret could be built to a 105-mm howitzer armed turret.
Etched brass detail parts would be very helpful for a good display model.
Preview sample purchased by the author.