1/48 IRON DIVISION M4 SHERMAN 3-PIECE BOLTED FINAL DRIVE(E6480) #48011

1/48 IRON DIVISION M4 SHERMAN BLUNT FINAL DRIVE CASING(E4186) #48008

1/48 IRON DIVISION M4 SHERMAN SHARP NOSED FINAL DRIVE CASING(E8543) #48018

US retail price $3.95 each.

Three different differential covers for Hobby Boss and Bandai Shermans.

THE KIT

Each kit consists of 1 resin differential cover and two axles packaged in a plastic bag. No instructions are included.

These are quick and simple updates for use with the Bandai and HobbyBoss Sherman kits. All are cast in cream colored resin and all three of my samples were free of air bubbles. Each differential cover has cast texture, casting numbers and foundry logos. They also have the final drive covers already cast onto them. Each differential cover also has raised drain plugs added to them. However, these plugs should be recessed and will need to be cut off and have a very shallow hole added in their place. The towing lugs on the the E4186 blunt final drive(#48008) and the E8543 sharp nosed final drive casing (#48018) have weld detail added to them. The lugs on all three differential covers will need to be drilled out while a small strip will need to be added to each of the outside lugs on the E8543 sharp nosed final drive casing (#48018).

I didn't have a Bandai Sherman to try the differential on so I used a lower hull from a Hobby Boss kit. I cut off the forward portion with a razor saw in order to test fit each differential cover. . The picture shows a gap at the bottom but that is due to the differential not being glued to the lower hull. Each one fit well and will require just a small bit of filler or strip styrene for a real tight fit. I didn't try them on a Tamiya lower hull as I just wasn't quite ready to cut one of those up yet. However, they do fit well with the Tamiya M4 and M4A1 upper hull and can be used with those in combination with other lower hulls.


CONCLUSION

If you're looking to add to your Sherman parts box, these differentials will make a nice addition to it. Other than the drain plugs, they are nicely done and give the Sherman modeller more options. Highly recommended.

REFERENCES

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

Mesko, Jim, Walk Around M4 Sherman Armor Walk Around Number 1; 2000; Squadron/Signal Publications; Carrollton, TX

TM9-1750 Ordnance Maintenance Power Train Unit, Three-Piece Differential Case for Medium Tanks M3, M4 and Modifications March 1, 1942, War Department; Washington D.C.

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 "topgunmilitary". The Hobby Boss donor kit was purchased at


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