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Tamiya M4 Early Ref. 35150
Nowadays there’s a plethora of Sherman model kits out there, but Tamiya’s M4A3 offering led the way for years. Then this kit came along.

Released in 1995, the M4 version released by Tamiya is labelled as an “early” version of the medium tanks used in large numbers by American forces. It combines parts from their M4A3 kits, with their inherent flaws & shortcomings, with new sprues.

There’s a multitude of different potential configurations for American M4s, depending on the manufacturer, year of construction & whether it is a factory-fresh or re-engineered tank.

Tamiya opted for a variant that would suit the Normandy campaign with the split piece transmission & welded glacis - the only question mark being the raised return rollers on the suspension. This is, however, entirely possible on a re-engineered Sherman as often occurred on the frontline.

Tamiya M4 Early Ref. 35150
Tamiya M4 Early Ref. 35150
Tamiya M4 Early Ref. 35150

Needless to say, we bought it on release & enjoyed building it up – such is the finesse of Tamiya’s models.

The only additions were some photo-etch extras like headlamp guards & periscope mounts - always a good move on any Sherman model kit, plus a stowage rack attached to the turret bustle & plenty of accessories like Verlinden resin bedrolls & some of the plastic items, which are included as a bonus in the box. The kit .50 Cal was replaced with a Verlinden aftermarket gun finished off with an etched brass ammo box.

All in all a good fun build & if you are weighing up whether to purchase this kit, it’s still pretty attractive & with a bit of remedial work is worth it – especially if you pick it up at a reduced cost.

Painting was done using enamels & the markings supplied on the decal sheet. A Stencil-It brass number stencil sheet was used to make up the vehicle registration & to apply some of the stars. A drybrushing in enamels & a Tamiya acrylic dust coat in earth tones finished off the tank.

This old-school paint finish seems inadequate given the techniques used today in the modelling world – however, it’s worth posting to show it was done way back in the 1990s!

Tamiya M4 Early Ref. 35150
Tamiya M4 Early Ref. 35150
Tamiya M4 Early Ref. 35150
Tamiya M4 Early Ref. 35150
Tamiya M4 Early Ref. 35150
Tamiya M4 Early Ref. 35150
Tamiya M4 Early Ref. 35150
Tamiya M4 Early Ref. 35150
Tamiya M4 Early Ref. 35150
Tamiya M4 Early Ref. 35150
Tamiya M4 Early Ref. 35150
Tamiya M4 Early Ref. 35150
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