Modeling the Sherman Tank in 1/72nd Scale

M4 Sherman 75mm M3 Gun & Mantlet & Cartridges
Kit #BE72012

Article by Doug Chaltry; last updated 17 November 2007.

The last of four very similar detail sets from CMK. This set provides an early M34 mantlet for the 75mm-armed Sherman. The rotor shield has the side armor protection for the gun barrel, and the armored shield for the .30cal coaxial machinegun is also provided. You can't see in the scan, but the two lift rings are present on the top of the armored shield for the gun mount. The metal M3 gun barrel measures perfectly to 1/72nd scale, and although you can't see it in the scan, I think that the tip of the barrel is slightly flared, as it should be, though I may be wrong. It's really hard to see, even in hand. Also included are one complete and one empty cartridge. The complete round measures to be about 1mm too long for the standard armor piercing round, though my references on ammunition size are limited. Lacking from this set is a .30cal machinegun barrel, which will need to be provided by the modeler.

This set is almost identical to set #72010 ("mid-production"), the only difference being the .30cal mg armored shield included with this set and not in 72010.

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Modeling the Sherman Tank in 1/72nd Scale