Modeling the Sherman Tank in 1/72nd Scale
75mm M3 Gun Barrel RB Model
Kit #72B15
Article by Doug Chaltry; last updated 24 September 2011
I have mixed feelings about this barrel. It measures just a little bit short according to several reference drawings (between 0.5 and 1.0mm short depending on the source). However, I really like its shape, with the nice flare at the barrel tip. The discrepancy in length measurement isn't too bad, but what I really don't like about this piece are the grooves in the metal left by the lathe as it cut the metal to shape. RB is the only company I've seen that seems to have this problem, but it's only on some of their pieces, so I know they're capable of making better barrels.

The label on this barrel states that it is for the M4A3 Sherman, but in fact it would work with any 75mm-armed Sherman.

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Modeling the Sherman Tank in 1/72nd Scale