the end of WWII, the U.S. Army fielded several Sherman variants armed with the
76mm barrel. They have been very popular modelling subjects, and there are several
kits around. The most recent, DML's
M4A3E8 Thunderbolt, comes with a good metal barrel and plastic muzzle brake.
The older kits, however, can do with some TLC, and this is where Armorscale comes
barrel is simply superb! Period. It consists of three resin mantlet parts, an
aluminium barrel, four machined brass parts, and three photo etched bits. The
brass parts are for the muzzle brake and internal flanges. The PE is inserted,
and then the muzzle brake assembled. All very easy to do, it took me just ten
minutes to fix everything.
great thing about this set is that the muzzle brake actually screws onto the barrel,
so there will be no unwanted glue marks on your model. The barrel is also provided
with rifling, which gives it some superior detail compared to other barrels, especially
the old plastic ones. The Armorscale is the correct length, so would be just the
thing to add to the Italeri
M4A3, or the older DML
recommended! See also the PMMS
site for some comparisons of this barrel to the plastic versions.