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Sherman 75mm Barrel
M3 75mm Gun replacement barrel for M4 Sherman
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by: Stefan Halter [ DANGEROO ]

Introduction

The Sherman was the workhorse of the Allies during WWII and all sub variants carried the 75mm M3 main gun at some point. There were two versions; the early version, with flared out muzzle for added strength and the later more common version as seen in this simple update from RB Models from Poland.

Review

This set is as simple as replacement barrels get, consisting of one turned aluminium barrel in a small plastic bag. There are no instructions and no indication for which kit it is meant for. The barrel is almost exactly 49mm long, which is exactly the length of the barrel in 1/35 scale from the gun mantlet to the muzzle (see Lion Marc barrel review on PMMS here). On the gun breech end there is a 9mm long and 2mm diameter attachment pin. The muzzle features subtle rifling for a much enhanced look over any plastic part.

At the time of this review I have 75mm Sherman turrets from Tamiya, DML (Kit No. 6441, Composite Hull Sherman PTO) and Formations. The barrel is clearly intended for the Tamiya kit as those have the barrel in a similar layout with only the portion outside the gun mantlet in the appropriate thickness. Accordingly, no alteration is needed to fit the RB Models barrel to the Tamiya kit.

To fit the barrel to the DML kit there is some modification necessary which can probably be limited to enlarging the attachment hole in Part B15. For those who want a somewhat more sturdy attachment I would recommend adding a shim of about 4mm length from plastic tube of about 4.5mm diameter. This will allow you to glue the gun in place inside the mantlet.

Unfortunately, I fitted a second barrel to the Formations turret before I made this review. I attached it similar to the way I would attach it to the DML kit by adding a shim from plastic tube.

Conclusion

A very simple and effective update primarily intended for Tamiya’s Shermans that can be fitted to any 75mm Sherman (and probably also the M3 Lee/Grant) with a little more work. Highly recommended!
SUMMARY
Highs: Dimensions spot on, rifling, price.
Lows: No instructions, newer Sherman kits than Tamiya’s would have been a better choice.
Verdict: Highly recommended.
Percentage Rating
95%
  Scale: 1:35
  Mfg. ID: 35B03
  Suggested Retail: 2.08 Euros
  Related Link: RB Model Homepage
  PUBLISHED: Feb 18, 2011
  NATIONALITY: United States
NETWORK-WIDE AVERAGE RATINGS
  THIS REVIEWER: 84.62%
  MAKER/PUBLISHER: 88.18%

About Stefan Halter (Dangeroo)
FROM: ZURICH, SWITZERLAND

I'll build just about anything military related that gets my interest, though most of it is 1/35 scale WWII Allied.

Copyright ©2019 text by Stefan Halter [ DANGEROO ]. All rights reserved.



Comments

will it fit sherman british 111 dragon kit thank your david
MAR 12, 2011 - 03:35 AM
I assume you mean the Sherman Mk. III? Couldn't say definitely as it has the older type gun mantlet than that of the M4 composite mentioned in the review. But with a little engineering I think the barrel can be fitted to any kit out there. As mentioned in the review I have tested three totally different kits and it worked on all of them one way or another. Cheers! Stefan
MAR 12, 2011 - 07:12 AM
Will it fit the Eduard/Asuka/Taska M4AI? Thanks, Bob
JAN 04, 2017 - 03:31 AM
   

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