Modeling the Sherman Tank in 1/72nd Scale
75mm Sherman "Mid-Production" Turret Friendship Models
Kit #WVC72011
Article by Doug Chaltry; last updated 30 December, 2023
The complete title for this item on the packaging is "75mm Sherman "Mid Production" Low Bustle Turret with applique armour and pistol port". The techincal designation for this turret is Part Number D50878, which is the designation for the low-bustle turret design. The turret received a new part number with the high-bustle design. There were several modifications made to the turrets throughout its production, most of which were applied to both turret shapes. The particular combination of features that merits the "mid-production" label here is the M34A1 gun mount and rotor, the lack of a loader's hatch, the addition of the applique armor on the front right turret cheek, and the presence of the pistol port.

This particular piece was based on an early Dragon turret, but with several improvements. There are very fine casting numbers added to several surfaces, as well as some tie down bars on the turret rear. Realistic welds have been added to the applique armor, a vane sight was added next to the gunner's periscope, and an opening for the 2-inch smoke mortar was added to the left-front of the loader's periscope.

The quality of the improvements and the casting is superb. There are no air bubbles or other imperfections in the casting, only some careful trimming will be needed to remove the casting plug. The pistol port hatch is provided in white metal. It's a beautiful piece.

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Modeling the Sherman Tank in 1/72nd Scale