M4A3 76(W) Sherman
S u m m a r y
||Italeri 6440 Sd. Kfz 232 6
||208 parts in green plastic;
two flexible vinyl track lengths; markings for six vehicles.|
USD$XXX available online from Squadron|
||Simple parts breakdown, easy
to assemble, six different tank decal options|
Reviewed by Jason Woollett
Italeri's 1/35 scale
M4A3 76(W) Sherman is available online from Squadron.com
There is almost no use going into the history of the Sherman -
everyone seems to know something about them. Talk to a fellow
modeller, and you learn another obscure fact about this famous tank,
no matter how much reading you have done on the thing!
Italeri has now released a M4A3 76(W), based on their classic
The kit has the hull parts of the T34 Calliope which means its M4A3
76mm Wet (intermediate) “Big Hatch” hull with the Type 6A-2 Glacis
plate. The suspension is of the VVS type with the solid wheels.
Suspension arms are movable. You can have as an option, the Type 3
(Simple Plate) or the Type 1B (Fancy Smooth) drive sprockets. The
tracks are of the T54E1 type, and the turret ( T23) parts off their
M4A1 kit. The turret has a basic breech visible from the hatches and
you can have the shell ejection hatch in the open position. One
figure is also included.
Click the thumbnails below to view larger images:
There are six finishing options, one French, and five American,
including a very interesting winter camouflage scheme.
In these days of Dragon giving you so much to do in their kits, it
is refreshing (to me anyway) to open the box and being able to see
the bottom of the cardboard box. Italeri's M4A3 76(W) comprises a
very reasonable 208 green plastic parts on three sprues and two
plastic tracks. Some people don’t like Italeri’s tracks, but I have
had great results, (using pins) to get a realistic fit, and you
don‘t need four arms and a whole day to do link by link tracks.
So, If you want a easy to build kit and are not worried if its
missing a rivet or two, check this one out..
Thanks to Italeri for the review sample.
Review and Images Copyright © 2005 by Jason Woollett
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