Modeling the Sherman Tank in 1/72nd Scale
M4A1 Sherman Tank Plastic Soldier
Kit #WW2V20004
Article by Doug Chaltry; last updated 28 December 2012
The Plastic Soldier company makes quick-build kits for wargamers. This kit comes with three complete models in the box, each composed of 31 parts, including a tank commander figure. Although marketed as 1/72nd scale, it is substantially over-scale, and may not fit well with other, more accurate models on the gaming table. The moldings are very well done, though the kit is horribly inaccurate in shape, with the details of the kit a mish-mash of both early and late M4A1 features. The front hull shape is the worst part of the kit, with the poor shape, combined with the overscale moldings, making the completed model look more like a caricature of a Sherman tank than a scale replica. The box states that this kit is for gamers and collectors, but with its toy-like features, I can't see many collectors wanting to add it to their collection. As for gamers, they will have to decide which is the better starting point, a kit like this with abundant, though inaccurate details and shape, or something like the Armourfast kits, which lack most of the details seen on this Plastic Soldier kit, but are much more accurate in size and shape. That being said, however, I believe that this is the only quickbuild kit available of an early hull M4A1, so if a gamer needs this version of the Sherman, they don't really have a lot of choice.

Note: a piece is missing in the above scan. The gap in the upper left should hold a hatch ring/tub that fits into the hatch opening on the turret for the tank commander. This piece is in the box; I didn't notice it had fallen off the sprue until after I wrote the article.

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Modeling the Sherman Tank in 1/72nd Scale