FORMATIONS 1/48 M4A2 WELDED HOOD CONVERSION

kit #F092 US retail price $20.00.

Formations is very well known for its work in the 1/35 Sherman market and now provides 1/48 scalers a chance to build another Sherman type used by the USMC, French and British/Commonwealth forces.

THE KIT

The kit consists of 10 resin pieces of which 9 are attached to 4 resin pour blocks. They are packaged in 2 plastic bags. A 1 page instruction sheet is included and provides a basic location and assembly guide for the parts.

The upper hull consists of a single, hollow casting. All welds are raised and nicely done. There is very thin resin flash covering the openings for the driver and co-driver's hatches that will require clean up but nothing major. The engine deck is nicely details to include the plates that indicated fuel or water next to the filler cap covers. The lower rear plate includes radiator screens cast in resin. They are very crisply done. The two mufflers and exhaust pipe are also very clean. Hull applique armor and front fenders are also included and are also very clean. None of the parts in my example had any air bubbles.

This kit is designed to by used with the Tamiya M4A1(kit #32523). Tamiya lower hulls are meant to be secured to the upper hulls with a pair of screws. The Formations conversion makes no provision for that. However, Konrad Schreier III in his review of the Formations M4A2 over on Track 48 came up with a nice template to make it easy to attach the Formations upper hull to the donor kit. He has permitted me to post that plan here:


CONCLUSION

This is another nice offering from Formations. It is very detailed and fills a niche in the 1/48 Sherman market very nicely. Highly recommended.

REFERENCES

Gawrych, Wojciech J., M4A2 Sherman part 1, Armor PhotoGallery #11, 2005, Model Centrum Progress, Warsaw, Poland.

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

My own personal photo collection


Thanks to Rob at Formations for the review sample.

PLEASE NOTE THAT FORMATIONS 1/48 ARMOR ITEMS ARE NO LONGER BEING PRODUCED OR STOCKED BY FORMATIONS. THE NEW DEALER/PRODUCER OF 1/48 FORMATIONS ITEMS IS WINGS N TREADS.


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