Company was formed in March 2003, specializing in laser-cut micro-plywood
railroad structure and detail kits. They have now entered the 1/35th
scale arena with some new and rather innovative kits. With an eye
towards making pre cut scale lumber kits, they have released a set
of wooden side armor for the Pacific theater Sherman.
Within a heavy
plastic bag under a heavy paper header, we find a large fret of
laser cut plywood and two sprues of Grandt Line bolts. Be careful
removing the staples form the header as the inside of the header
is where the instructions are printed.
instruction sequence follows the parts numbers so after locating
the pertinent pieces (nicely delineated by lightly burned lines)
I held them up to the light and saw that very small connection points
held the parts to the fret. A quick pass with the scalpel and they
The large side
panels are covered with slats to which one adds the Grandt Line
bolts. With the bolts being styrene, I decided to try a different
approach to mounting them. I lined up the side pieces to my Academy
M4A2 Pacific Sherman and used the bolt holes to mark the hull sides
with pilot holes.
The pilot holes
were then drilled out with a bit matching the diameter of the bolt
shanks. I now cut the bolt shanks long and this allowed me to mount
the side armor to the upper hull and run liquid cement along the
insides for a clean strong joint. Photo two is a close up of the
appearance of the counter sunk bolt head.
for accuracy, I did not find any photos of a late M4A2 (large hull
hatches) with wooden side armor. I did find several on the M4A3
so I pulled out Academys M4A3E8 Dozer kit and lined up the
side panel to the hole, a small mismatch at the rear hull plate
occurred, see photo three.
A great advantage
of this medium is the ability to scale damage. See the inset on
photo one. While it is pricey, it is a high quality product. If
photographic proof of a large hatch M4A2 appears, this set would
be highly recommended. Thanks to GCLaser for the review sample.
- Saul Garcia