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MP Authen-I-Kit M4 Sherman
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Posted: Saturday, December 04, 2010 - 11:10 AM UTC
Tom Cromwell gets his mitts on the ancient MP Authen-I-Kit M4 Sherman Hull Conversion kit and gives it a critical examination.

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Posted: Saturday, December 04, 2010 - 11:18 AM UTC
Great review and it made me dig through the stash to find my old set lol.


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Posted: Saturday, December 04, 2010 - 11:57 AM UTC
I've got a few of Tom Gannon's old sets (M4A3 mid and HVSS suspension sets). I remember them being all the rage when I returned from Germany and the desert (1991). By then, they were only a few years old, I'm guessing 1988 or 1989, anyway, just over 20 years old, not the 30 stated in the review.

Back in the day, it really opened up the options for Sherman modeling.
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Posted: Saturday, December 04, 2010 - 10:27 PM UTC
Good to see this covered in a review. they still show up on Ebay and at shows. I have this set and the M4A4 hull set. The weird thing about this set is that the box shows an early M4A1 not an M4 or M4A3.

Also you mention that the air cleaners
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are the square type as seen in other kits like the Italeri M4A1.

but the Italeri aircleaners are the round ones.

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Posted: Sunday, December 05, 2010 - 07:58 AM UTC

You're right! It was a classic case of "of course I know the facts, so don't need to check them" that crept in. The Tamiya Early M4 (which I was in fact looking at while writing has the square air cleaners, but the Italeri M4A1 definitely has the round ones! (I just went and checked one from my stash, after the fact of course...)

James, could you please edit out the tail end of that sentence from the review?

As for age Sabot, I thought this was early/mid 80s rather than late-80s based on the kit it was aimed at and a reference quoted in the instructions as 1982, but couldn't find confirmation anywhere - hence the "nearly" in "nearly 30". But I can certainly see your logic on the timing! Either way it is over 20 years old and probably more like 25. Can anyone out there give a more accurate release date for this kit?

And why oh why did they use that M4A1 picture? I almost passed it up at first...

Thanks guys for keeping me on my toes!