Modeling the Sherman Tank in 1/72nd Scale

MR Models
M4A2 76(W) Sherman
Kit #MR-7251

Article by Doug Chaltry; last updated 31 October 2007.

This is my second MR Models Sherman conversion kit, and it is simply amazing. There is really nothing that I can add to my previous reviews of these Sherman kits, which I have not already said. It is a conversion set, designed to be used with the Italeri (ESCI) M4A1 Sherman plastic kit. The lower hull, bogie suspensions, tracks, and some small details, are meant to be used from the plastic kit.

As is typical with the MR Models kits, the master parts for this model are some of the best I have ever seen. Unfortunately, the kit is hampered by substandard resin casting, with many of the resin parts in this kit blemished with small air bubbles. While it should be easy enough to fix most of them, it is disappointing to see such a fine model hampered by poor resin. The hull and turret are some of the best made in this scale. All hatches are open, though they need to be drilled down a little more in order to fit in figures.

Some of the parts are provided in cast metal, such as sprocket wheels and hatches, and the 76mm gun barrel is a beautiful turned-aluminum piece. All of these parts are very well detailed and cast.

About the only way this kit could be improved (aside from better resin casting technique) is to include more parts to make it a complete kit, and perhaps some etched brass details, such as periscope and headlight guards. I understand that MR has not done this in order to keep the costs down, but I think the additional costs of a complete kit would probably be less than we need to spend now on a plastic kit for the conversion. Something to think about . . .

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Modeling the Sherman Tank in 1/72nd Scale