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Sherman Turret (Early)

 

Trakz
(A Division of the VLS Corporation)

 

S u m m a r y

Catalogue No. and Description Item TX 0074 - Sherman Turret (Early)
Price: USD$13.95 from VLS website
Contents and Media: 11 parts in pale yellow resin; 1 part in turned metal
Scale: 1/35
Review Type: FirstLook
Advantages: Beautifully cast; simple construction; excellent cast texture; nicely tapered 75mm gun barrel; suitable for many M4 variants
Disadvantages:  
Recommendation: Recommended.

 

Reviewed by Brett Green

 

FirstLook

 

At the same time as releasing its M4A2 Hull, Trakz has also launched a 1/35 scale early production Sherman turret. Although this turret will be an ideal partner to the M4A2 (Mid) hull, it will also be suitable for many other Sherman variants.

This early production turret is fitted with the 75mm gun and wide mantelet, and features the Commander's hatch only.

The resin turret is supplied as a large casting, plus a ring for the base of the turret, separate hatch parts, lifting lugs and mantelet. The cast texture on the turret looks terrific on the bare resin.

 

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The turned alloy 75mm gun barrel is another nice inclusion.

Resin casting quality is perfect on my sample. However, the usual caution applies to removing parts from some fairly big attachment points.

Instructions are not supplied, but this set is so simple that they are not really required.

If you are converting Academy's 1/35 scale M10 to an M4A2 using Trakz's resin hull, this turret will be the logical companion for the project. It will also be suitable for a number of other M4, M4A1 and M4A2 conversions.

Now where did I put my references for British M4A2s in Normandy?

Recommended.

Thanks to VLS for the review samples


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Review Copyright 2004 by Brett Green
Page Created 11 April, 2004
Last updated 10 April, 2004

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