the release of Dragon's M4A3 Battle of the Bulge Sherman, I was quite pleased
to find a lot of nice details included in the kit. However, some things did seem
not well thought out. For one, the upper rear panel still needed work since it
was visible that this was a modification of their M4A2 76mm kit. Next, the lower
hull was not accurate. The hull bottom is that of a radial engined Sherman and
the rear plate had an oversized door.
Tank WorkShop (TWS) has released a one piece correction for the latter problem.
In a plastic bag with a heavy paper header, one will find the item in TWS' gray
resin. No instructions are included nor needed as the item replaces the kit part.
details are now much improved and include a smaller engine hatch, pilot holes
for the hatch handle (you will need to make your own handleI'll use the
Bendicator), drilled out tow lugs, and relocated exhaust mounts.
to the kit item, this is a marked improvement and a time saver as well. The only
issue is that the hull bottom is still that of a radial engined tank. The only
time saving correction is to buy Formations Models lower hull tub but the price
difference is then much greater. Another thing for TWS to be aware of is that
the resin does shrink. In this case, the replacement is 0.014 inch smaller so
it is not much of a problem but in a larger item it mar cause scale and fit issues.
item is recommended and I thank TWS for the product sample.