The Sherman Tank was used during World War II and was in every theater of that war. The Sherman had less armor than most tanks on the battle field however made up for this by being “fast, reliable and easier to repair”. The turret mounted T34 was called a “Calliope” rocket launcher and had the ability to be fired in sequence or all at the same time. In case of an emergency with a push of a button the launcher was able to be jettisoned off the turret. There were around 50,000 Sherman tanks in different variations were produced during World War II. With that number of Sherman tanks produced they were able to overwhelm the enemy.
For the Modeler: This is the Monogram Sherman M4A1 Screamin’ Mimi Tank kit #85-7863. It is 1:32 scale, and a Skill Level 3. Monogram has released other versions this kit before (1975) and now Revell brings it back in 2015 under the Monogram name. I have found five other versions of the 1:32 Sherman Tank, three of which are the Screamin’ Mimi version; Monogram 4200 (1975), Monogram 6500 (1983), Monogram 7863 (2015), the other two versions are the Hedge Hog Version; Monogram 4201 (1975) and Revell 7851 (2011 or 2012).The pieces are molded in olive drab with black vinyl tracks and waterslide decals. There are 133 pieces to this kit and very well laid out instructions. The dimensions are; 7¼” L X 3-3/16” W X 5¼” H for the Screamin’ Mimi version.
Covered in this Review: If you want to perfect your build; basic construction; preparing parts for better finishing; alternate assembly sequence suggestions for fit and ease of finishing; complete paint and adhesive selections and applications; test fitting; checking for broken details; removing unwanted copyright script; complete road wheel and suspension construction; instruction errors explained; detailed calliope rocket launcher construction and finishing; color scheme for the crew figures; peripheral gear color choices; version considerations; where “not” to use glue, idler wheel assembly sequence; bogey wheel assembly tool and method explained; crew figure painting scheme; turret and gun assembly; how to connect the track pieces together; flash and sink identification and repair; turret and hull assembly; decal preparation and application; dullcoat and weathering sources and techniques; are all fully examined in this 26 page, full-color Step-by-Step review in PDF format.
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