1/72 Allied Sherman M4A4 & Firefly Tank courtesy of Piers at PSC
Plastic Soldier 1/72 Allied Sherman M4A4 & Firefly Tank
Without doubt the most prolific of all allied battle tanks built during the Second World War, the Medium M4, named by the British as the Sherman reached a production tally of nearly 50,000 by the time production ended in 1945. Reliable and reasonably cheap to produce, the Sherman had the advantage until the heavier armoured and more powerful German heavy tanks began to arrive in 1944. The standard 75mm had had its day by then and many were refitted with a 76mm M1 or a 17-pounder which was a British modification, resulting in the name ‘Firefly’.
So what do have in this set from The Plastic Soldier Company, which specializes in small scale wargaming figures and vehicles. The smart box, with artwork by David Pentland contains six sprues; three of them hold 16 parts apiece including the lower hull and tracks while three more hold 26 parts including the two variants (M4A4 & Firefly) upper hulls, different turrets, barrels and the commander to name a few.
As I have said many times before, the market is becoming increasingly busy with good scale models which would be more at home on the wargaming table; or is that the other way around? It really is your choice which road you go down. You could view this set as a good way of gaining three good quality Shermans for your 1/72 dio or a trio of additions to your miniature army.
Build time, for me, was around 45 minutes per tank and I was very happy with the final result – they look great; the upper hull detail and differences between the two variants is spot on! I’m looking forward to reviewing more PSC products and it’s nice to see them back in the Military Modelling fold.
Thanks very much to Piers Brand for our sample which is available from www.theplasticsoldiercompany.co.uk.
Product: Construction kit
Price: £17.50 (PSC)
Manufacturer: The Plastic Soldier Co. Ltd.
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