Modeling the Sherman Tank in 1/72nd Scale
M4A3 Sherman HAULER
Kit #72011
Article by Doug Chaltry; last updated 26 September 2017
A very small but useful set. It consists of only the engine access grates, brush guards for headlights and tailights, and some details for the .50cal machinegun -- all items that are best reproduced as etched parts -- so no wasted brass here. However, it was not perfectly etched; the two etching passes were not lined up properly, and there is a lip along the edges of the parts. Hopefully they are so small that it won't be noticeable once built and painted.

Although the set is labeled for the Armourfast M4A3, in theory it could be used for any M4A3 on the market. I say "in theory" because as we saw with the M4A2, no two kits have identical dimensions for their engine access grates. I will soon do a comparison article showing differences between kits and aftermarket parts for the M4A3, as I previously did for the M4A2. Initial measurements, though, appear to show this piece being on the large side.

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Modeling the Sherman Tank in 1/72nd Scale