Modeling the Sherman Tank in 1/72nd Scale
 
M4 Sherman
M4
The M4 entered service with the early small hatch, dry-stowage hull, and 75mm M4 turret. Early versions had direct vision ports in the hull front, later models switched to periscopes.
Name Manufacturer Item # Medium Type Rating Comments Links
M4 direct vision 72nd Brigade 72012 Resin Conversion **** Replacement hull for Dragon. Also released by Iron Division. OOP Preview
M4 early ARMO 72539 Resin Conversion *** With 3-piece nose and M34 gun shield. No direct-vision ports. Comes with etched brass details and turned metal gun barrel. Converted from ESCI. OOP Preview
M4 late ARMO 72540 Resin Conversion   Although it is labeled as a "late" version, it is actually an early, small-hatch hull with single piece nose and M34A1 gun shield. Comes with etched brass details and turned metal gun barrel. Converted from ESCI. OOP  
M4 75mm with Deep Wading Kit Dragon 7367 Plastic Kit **** Early dry-stowage M4 hull. Rear deck is designed to only accept the deep wading stacks. Cannot leave them off. Preview
M4 early Extratech 72035 Plastic Kit **** Original tooling plastic kit. Comes with photoetched details. OOP Preview
M4/M4A1 Early Riveted Lower Hull Friendship Models 72088 Resin Conversion   Lower hull conversion for Dragon. Preview
M4 early HäT 99001 Plastic Kit N/A Original tooling wargamer model. Good scale accuracy but very simplistic with only eight parts. High conversion potential. Review
M4 Sherman Heller 79892 Plastic Kit ***** Original tooling plastic kit. One of the best Shermans on the market today. Preview
M4 Sherman early hull Iron Division II 72004 Resin Conversion ? Replacement hull for Dragon M4; engine deck without the deep wading stacks. OOP  
M4 early & mid ModellTrans 72329 Resin Conversion **** Conversion hull for Dragon. Preview
M4 Mid-Production Trumpeter 07223 Plastic Kit * Very poor model. The turret is very nice, but the front hull is so far out of whack as to be nearly useless. Preview
M4 Sherman UM (Unimodel) 370 Plastic Kit *** Mediocre kit. Nice hull, but poor turret and wheels. Preview1
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M4 (75)W
The M4 was never up-gunned with the 76mm T23 turret, however it did get upgraded to the big-hatch hull. According to my references, all of these hulls had dry-stowage and mounted the 105mm M4 turret, yet we have this kit shown below released by MR Modellbau with the 75mm turret. I had thought I had long ago seen a reference in one of my books about this unusual combination, but I can't seem to find it now. If anyone had any information about this, please let me know, because as it stands now, it appears that this vehicle never existed.
Name Manufacturer Item # Medium Type Rating Comments Links
M4 (75)W MR Modellbau 7258 Resin Conversion ***** Comes with white metal details and turned metal gun barrel. Did this tank ever exist?  

 

M4 (105)
This is the big-hatch hull armed with the 105mm M4 turret. Although it's the late hull style, it retained dry stowage for the ammunition in the hull sponsons. Additional armor plating was added to the insides of the hull walls, hence no applique armor plates were needed on the exterior.
Name Manufacturer Item # Medium Type Rating Comments Links
M4 (105) ARMO 72566 Resin Conversion *** Comes with etched brass details. Resin hull and turret converted from ESCI. OOP Preview
M4 (105) Commander Series 3010 Resin Conversion *** Includes hull, turret and gun. Consists of modified ESCI M4A3 hull and modified ESCI turret and a new gun. OOP Preview
M4 Mid-Production Hull Iron Division 75001 Resin Conversion **** Resin upper hull and lower hull details to convert Dragon M4A3 (105). OOP Preview
M4 (105) MR Modellbau 7242 Resin Conversion ***** Comes with white metal details and turned metal gun barrel. Preview
M4 (105) UM (UniModel) 374 Plastic Kit      
M4 (105) HVSS UM (UniModel) 375 Plastic Kit *** Original tooling. Modular kit allowing the builder to make several hull and turret versions, but seriously lacking in detail. Suspension is very nice. Hard plastic tracks. Preview

 

M4 Composite
The M4 Composite was developed by welding the cast front hull piece from the M4A1 onto the welded main hull of the M4. There were a very small number made with the early, small hatch hull front (~50), but the majority of them were made with the late version, large hatch hull front. They all retained dry-stowage for their ammunition, and therefore had applique armor plates on the hull sides. The first 1,000 or so retained low-bustle turrets, even with the large crew hatches, before switching over to high-bustle turrets.
Name Manufacturer Item # Medium Type Rating Comments Links
M4 Composite 72nd Brigade 72003 Resin Conversion **** Resin upper hull to convert Dragon kits. OOP Preview
M4 Composite early ARMO 72547 Resin Conversion ? Turret has no loader's hatch. Comes with etched brass details and turned metal gun barrel. Converted from ESCI. OOP  
M4 Composite mid ARMO 72548 Resin Conversion ? Turret has oval loader's hatch. Comes with etched brass details and turned metal gun barrel. Converted from ESCI. OOP  
M4 Composite late ARMO 72549 Resin Conversion ? Turret has oval loader's hatch and commander's cupola. Comes with etched brass details and turned metal gun barrel. Converted from ESCI. OOP  
M4 Composite CPL Overby's Motorpool MP032 Resin Kit ? Converted from ESCI. OOP  
M4 Composite ModellTrans 72332 Resin Conversion ? Converted from Dragon.  
M4 Composite late Iron Division II 72007 Resin Conversion **** Resin upper hull to convert Dragon kits. Same set as 72nd Brigade above. OOP  
M4 Composite MR Modellbau 7223 Resin Conversion ***** Comes with white metal details and turned metal gun barrel. Preview
M4 (Late) Composite Fine Scale Factory TL019 Resin Kit **** Very good kitbash of ESCI M4A1 front, and M4A3 rear hulls. OOP Review
M4 Composite VVV Models 72013 Resin Conversion ? Single-piece upper hull with open hatches, directly replaces upper hull part in ESCI M4A1 kit. OOP  
 

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Modeling the Sherman Tank in 1/72nd Scale