Modeling the Sherman Tank in 1/72nd Scale
 
M4A1 Sherman
M4A1
The M4A1 entered service with the early small hatch hull, armed with the 75mm turret. Early versions of this tank had a bolted 3-piece final drive housing (nose piece), and direct vision slots in the front hull. The direct vision slots were removed fairly early, and the nose piece eventually converted to the single-piece cast nose of two styles.
Name Manufacturer Medium Type Rating Comments Links
M4A1 early ARMO Resin Conversion ** With 3-piece nose, early hull, and M34 gun shield. Comes with etched brass details and turned metal gun barrel. Converted from ESCI. Preview
M4A1 late ARMO Resin Conversion   With single piece nose, early hull, and M34A1 gun shield. Comes with etched brass details and turned metal gun barrel. Converted from ESCI.  
M4A1 Normandy Dragon Plastic Kit **** Excellent kit except for flawed bogies. Preview
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M4A1 Direct Vision Hull Friendship Models Resin Conversion   Upper hull conversion hull for Dragon. Preview
M4/M4A1 Early Riveted Lower Hull Friendship Models Resin Conversion   Lower hull conversion hull for Dragon. Preview
M4A1 mid-production Iron Division Resin Conversion ***** Resin upper hull to convert Dragon M4A1. Preview
M4A1 early ModellTrans Resin Conversion **** Conversion hull for Dragon. Preview
Allied M4A1 Sherman Tank Plastic Soldier Plastic Kit N/A Wargaming quick-build kit. Preview
M4A1 UniModel Plastic Kit *** Mediocre kit. Preview
Sherman w/Mine Exploder T1E3 UniModel Plastic Kit   M4A1 early with "Aunt Jemima" mine roller. Preview
Sherman w/M17 4.5in Rocket Launcher UniModel Plastic Kit      

 

Canadian M4A1 "Grizzly"
A number of M4A1s (188) were manufactured in Canada for the Canadian Army. The primary difference between these and the regular small hatch M4A1 was the Canadian Dry Pin (CDP) track and sprocket wheel. Stowage and radios were also to Canadian standards. None saw action; most remained in Canada for training. At this time, there are no specific kits of this version, though it would be easy to convert on our own with aftermarket tracks and some scratch-building.

 

M4A1 (75) Big-Hatch, Dry
When the hull shape was changed from the early style to the late, big-hatch style, most of the M4A1s also changed over to the 76mm T23 turret. There were, however, a small number of tanks that retained the 75mm turret, mostly for use as DD tanks for the Normandy landings. As far as I know, these were all 47° big-hatch hulls, with dry-stowage and the applique armor cast into the hull sides.
Name Manufacturer Medium Type Rating Comments Links
M4A1 (75) ESCI/Italeri Plastic Kit *** Flawed model of an extremely rare vehicle. Lacking appliqué armor for dry stowage hull. Preview
M4A1 (75) HQ72 Resin Conversion **** Includes turret and late, big-hatch, dry-stowage upper hull, converted from Italeri (ESCI). Plus accessories (stowage items). Preview
M4A1 (75) DD Modell Trans Resin Kit ? Late hull.  
M4A1 Large Hatch Modell Trans Resin Conversion ***** Single piece upper hull to convert Dragon. Preview
LCM(3) + M4A1 Dragon Plastic Kit ? Apparently the error as with the ESCI kit: 75mm turret with a late, big-hatch hull, but with wet stowage instead of dry. Tank has photoetched deep wading trunks.  

 

Sherman Rocket Launchers
The Calliope was a multi-bank rocket launcher mounted on 75mm-armed Sherman tanks.
Name Manufacturer Medium Type Rating Comments Links
M4A1 Sherman Calliope ESCI Plastic Kit *** This is ESCI's M4A1 Sherman kit, with a rocket launcher mounted on the turret. Preview
M4A1 Sherman Calliope Italeri Plastic Kit *** Same as the ESCI kit.  
M4A1 Calliope Conversion Al.By Resin Conversion ?    
M4A1 w/M17 4.5in Rocket Launcher UniModel Plastic Kit ?    

 

M4A1 (76)W
The M4A1 (76)W was one of the most common Shermans to see action in the European Theater of Operations.
Name Manufacturer Medium Type Rating Comments Links
M4A1 (76)W w/Aunt Gemima Mine Exploder Al.By Plastic/Resin Kit ? Includes complete plastic ESCI M4A1 kit, with resin 76mm turret and mine exploder.  
M4A1 (76)W Dragon Plastic Kit **** Best M4A1 (76)W kit available, but with several flaws. Preview
US 1/4ton 4x4 Truck & M4A1 (76)W Dragon Plastic Kit **** Dragon's M4A1 (76)W kit paired with a Jeep.  
M4A1 (76)W w/Sandbags Fine Scale Factory Resin Kit *** Modified from ESCI M4A1. Added sandbag armor, new tracks, and a 76mm turret.  
M4A1 (76) w/Sandbag Armor Goffy Resin Conversion ? Replacement hull and turret for Revell M4A1, with much additional equipment.  
M4A1 (76)W HQ72 Resin Conversion **** Contains upper hull, turret and stowage items. Converted from ESCI. Preview
M4A1 (76) w/Sandbag Armor Leva Resin Conversion ?    
M4A1 (76)W MR Modellbau Resin Conversion ?    
Allied M4A1 76mm Sherman Tank Plastic Soldier Plastic Kit N/A Wargaming quick-build kit. Preview
M4A1 (76)W Revell AG. Plastic Kit ** Mediocre detail, and several dimension errors. Preview
M4A1 (76) w/Sandbag Armor TP Models Resin Conversion ? Upper body and turret with molded-on sandbag armor. Converted from Revell.  
M4A1 (76)W Trumpeter Plastic Kit **** Pretty decent kit, though lacking in some areas. Preview

 

M4A1 (76)W HVSS
The M4A1 (76)W was one of the versions of the Sherman to receive the HVS suspension, and I think they saw action in Europe during the final months of the war, but I am not certain. This was a very common version of the Sherman to see action in the Israeli armed forces.
Name Manufacturer Medium Type Rating Comments Links
M4A1 (76)W HVSS Al.By Resin Kit *** Hull is converted from ESCI M4A1; turret converted from Hasegawa kit.  

 

 

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Modeling the Sherman Tank in 1/72nd Scale