Modeling the Sherman Tank in 1/72nd Scale
 
Sherman Firefly

The British chose to mount their excellent 17pdr anti-tank gun in the standard M4 turret, directly replacing the 75mm gun. This was a highly successful conversion, but there were never enough of these tanks to fill the need for them. Although these tanks were not officially called "Firefly" during the war, this is how they were sometimes called by their crews and how they are currently known, so I will continue to use that name here.

Fireflies were used not only with the British, but also other Lend-Lease countries and Poland too.

Sherman IC Firefly
Based on the M4 hull.
Name Manufacturer Medium Type Rating Comments Links
Firefly IC ARMO Resin Conversion ? Conversion for Italeri (ESCI). Converted from ESCI Sherman kits. Includes etched brass detail parts.  
Firefly IC Dragon Plastic Kit **** Comes with photoetched details. Markings for three post-war, Polish Fireflies. Preview
Firefly IC Extratech Plastic Kit *** Same as other Eduard/Extratech Sherman kits, with new Firefly turret. Wheels are poor, and bogies are mediocre. L&L tracks are excellent. Comes with photoetched details. Preview
Firefly HäT Plastic Kit N/A Original tooling wargamer model. Good scale accuracy but very simplistic with few parts. Great opportunity for super-detailers.  

 

Sherman IC Hybrid Firefly
The Firefly IC Hybrid was based on the M4 composite hull, which the British called "hybrid".
Name Manufacturer Medium Type Rating Comments Links
Sherman IC Hybrid 72nd Brigade Resin Conversion *** Conversion hull for Dragon. OOP Preview
Firefly IC Hybrid ARMO Resin Conversion *** Conversion for Italeri (ESCI). Converted from ESCI Sherman kits. Includes etched brass detail parts. Preview
Firefly IC Hybrid Fine Scale Factory Resin Kit *** Hull based on ESCI M4A1 and M4A3 kitbash, plus new resin Firefly turret. Preview
Firefly IC Hybrid MR Modellbau Resin Conversion ***** Conversion for Italeri (ESCI). Includes complete resin hull and turret, white metal detail parts, and turned metal gun barrel.  

 

Sherman IVC (M4A3)
The British modified a small number of M4A3s with the 17pdr cannon for the Americans, though it is believed that none of them saw action.
Name Manufacturer Medium Type Rating Comments Links
M4A3 Firefly Al.By Plastic/Resin Kit **** Includes complete plastic ESCI M4A1 kit, with resin M4A3 hull (improved copy of ESCI M4A3 hull) and Firefly turret (modified ESCI turret). Preview

 

Sherman VC Firefly
Based on the M4A4 hull, this was the most numerous version of the Firefly.
Name Manufacturer Medium Type Rating Comments Links
Firefly VC Dragon Plastic Kit ***** Very nice kit. Improved the incorrect bogies from previous Dragon Sherman kits. Best Firefly on the market. Preview
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"Douglas Kay" Firefly VC Dragon Plastic Kit ***** Special Edition kit. Same as Dragon's previous Firefly VC kit, but with markings specific to "CAROLE" of the 13th/18th Royal Hussars. Preview
Firefly VC MR Modellbau Resin Conversion ***** Excellent conversion for Italeri (ESCI). Includes complete resin hull and turret, white metal detail parts, and turned metal gun barrel. Preview
Allied Sherman M4A4 and Firefly Tank Plastic Soldier Plastic Kit N/A Wargaming quick-build kit. Preview
Firefly VC UniModel Plastic Kit *** Mediocre kit. Includes etched metal detail parts. Preview

 

 

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Modeling the Sherman Tank in 1/72nd Scale