1/48 EARLY M4 75MM TURRET W/MODIFIED MANTLET

kit #48002(stock number changed after I received my sample, hence the different number from the one shown on the package) US retail price $4.95.

The M4 Sherman had many variations in hull and turret design during it's production run. IRON DIVISION, a division of Top Gun Military Apparel brings us a nice rendition of the D50878 "low bustle" turret and a very reasonable price.

THE KIT

The kit consists of 1 resin turret and 1 resin rotor shield packaged in a plastic bag. No instructions are included as really none are needed.


Much like their previous M4 Sherman Model 1943 Turret w/out Pistol Port the turret casting is very clean without any visible air bubbles. The turret has a subtle casting texture on it so surfacing products should not be needed. No foundry logos or numbers are cast on the turret. These can be easily added using one of the new sets from Archer. The pistol port cover is molded directly onto the turret and is faired in quite nicely. The gunner's periscope has been cast in the raised position and is very well done. Directly in front of the periscope is the blade vane sight. It's a bit on the thick side. I plan on replacing it with a photo etch piece when I'm ready to use the turret.

Also cast onto the turret are three lifting eyes, the turret ventilator and six tie down cleats on the turret bustle. All are well done. One of the main features of this turret is the M34 mantlet. It too is cast directly onto the turret. The detail on the mantlet is quite good with the indentations for the screw heads well defined. To complete the M34 mantlet, the rotor shield with "ears" is included. This shield can be used with either the Iron Division turret or the Tamiya turret without any problem.

The turret measures well with the drawings in Hunnicutt's Sherman and compares nicely with the Tamiya turret. It is a drop fit into the Tamiya M4A1 hull for which it is intended but also fits on the Formations M4A2 conversion as well.

CONCLUSION

This is another nice and simple conversion for the increasing number of 1/48 scale Sherman kits on the market. It is well done and nicely priced. Highly recommended!

For more reviews and another build of this kit, please see the following:

REFERENCES

Hunnicutt, R.P, Sherman, 1978, Presidio Press; Novato, CA.

Zaloga, Steven Modelling the US Army M4(75mm) Sherman Medium Tank Osprey Modelling #35; 2006; Osprey Publishing; Oxford, U.K.

My own personal photo collection


Thanks to Bob at Top Gun Military Apparel for the review sample. It can also be purchased on eBay. Their eBay i.d. is "topgunmiliary".


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