the U.S. Army came ashore in Normandy in 1944, nearly all of the tanks used were
either M4 or M4A1 medium tanks. This was primarily due to the scope of Operation
Overlord and an attempt to minimize the number of parts and assemblies which would
be needed to keep the tanks running. Since the M4 and M4A1 shared everything except
for the upper hull and some internal fittings (e.g., firewalls, bulkheads) this
was a good plan and worked well in keeping the force going.
of the tanks which came ashore with the three main armored divisions of those
daysthe oversize 2nd and 3rd Armored and the new organization (three tank
battalions) 4thwere equipped with these tanks, as were the tank battalions
assigned to infantry divisions or the independent tank battalions assigned to
the army groups. It was only later on that M4A3 series tanks began to arrive,
as well as from late July 1944 on that the 76mm tanks also began to enter service.
has now done a straight M4 of this period, and it is an outstanding
job. It has the low bustle 75mm turret with an M34A1 gun mount with
ears on the sides of the tube, six applique armor panels (turret,
drivers and radio operators hatch mounts, and three hull plates) and
also the five-spoke welded wheels common to these tanks. The modeler also has
a choice of either six spoke idlers or the pressed/welded idlers (more
common with this road wheel option) and either plain or fancy
driver toothed rings. The kit thankfully comes with DS plastic single track runs
of T51 irreversible pad rubber faced track. While they only have a thin cardboard
backing, the ones in the review sample arrived straight and true with no bent
also sports a new-from-the-ground-up hull with a wide number of options for things
like grouser compartment vents, either a cast or three-piece transmission cover,
but most of the usually interchangeable detail parts (e.g., fender tips) are only
brass in this kit. It does come with a very complete representation of the grillework
under the air intake cover and also under the rear lip of the hull above the exhaust
first for the earlier series of Shermans is a brand-new M2HB .50 caliber
machine gun and mount for use on the commanders split-hatch ring mount.
The weapon comes with an optional position loading cover, separate spade
grips and a slide molded hollow bore. It also has by far the finest
(as in thin) protective guards over the viewer mounts for the hatches and the
turret, which puts most of the etched brass parts to shame (and as a result the
latter are not included in this kit).
things do not change, and the kit does include the familiar M4A2/A3 basic detail
sprue of tools and fittings as well.
assistance was provided by Pawel Krupowicz.
with the wide variety of markings these tanks bore at that time only two options
are provided in the kit: C Company, 70th Tank Battalion, Utah Beach D-Day 1944
(CANNON BALL, White 2); and 37th Tank Battalion, 4th Armored Division, Brittany
1944 (TONTO with Indian head cartoon). A nice set of Cartograf decals is provided
for these two options.
this a great kit and one which nearly completes the DML M4 family. It should be
popular with Sherman fans as well as provide mix and match with other
Freddie Leung for the review sample.
95 M4A2/A3 hull details-Cookie
B 49 M34 and M34A1 gun mounts
B 57 M4 low-bustle
turret with cast soft transmission cover
B 74 M4 late model high
C 29 M4A1 DV stern plate and air filters
C 22 Clear styrene
16x2 VVSS - five-spoke welded wheels with upswept return rollers)
23 M4 Normandy hull and engine deck details, M34A1 eared mantlet
9 M4 three-piece transmission cover
G 25 M4 Normandy detail parts
H 1 M4 56 degree upper hull
J 8 M2HB .50 caliber and mount
1 twisted steel wire
V 89x2 VVSS - flat top/pillow block return rollers with
X 1 M4 type lower hull pan
Y 2 DS plastic T51 rubber
MA 46 etched brass