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Modelling the M4 (75mm) Sherman
jimbrae
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Posted: Saturday, October 07, 2006 - 11:43 PM UTC
Just published, a review of a forthcoming Osprey book which will be of great interest to builders of the Sherman - Osprey Modelling 35 - Modelling the US Army M4 (75mm) Sherman Medium Tank by Steven J. Zaloga. A superb book with a multitude of excelent techniques for armor modellers in general. The review can be seen:

Modelling the M4

If you have comments or questions please post them here.

Thanks!

tony55
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Posted: Sunday, October 08, 2006 - 12:18 AM UTC
Thanks Jim for the review.
I have just got the bug to build a Shermen and have been trolling the 'net for ideas. With not much cash I thought of the Tamiya M4A1 kit. TA35190 I think to start with.

This book looks like a must, especially if I build more than one eventually. What do you think of the Tamiya kit BTW. Good choice for someone to start with? Please consider I cannot afford aftermarket stuff but would get this book after reading your review.

Cheers
Tony
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Posted: Sunday, October 08, 2006 - 12:24 AM UTC
This definitely may be worth a look. I usually don't go for these books since I feel they are of limited value for an experienced modeler if your not building the kit in the chapter, but I'm sure I could learn a thing or 2 from Steve Z.

Tom

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Posted: Sunday, October 08, 2006 - 12:40 AM UTC
I bought the Building the T34/76 almost a fortnight ago and was really impressed with the level of quality and information that this series offers, I would say that anybody who intends building any of the Sherman tanks, it would be money well spent investing in this book.

I intend to purchase some more of the series as I think they are exceptional value for the relatively small cost.

John
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Posted: Sunday, October 08, 2006 - 01:56 AM UTC
80 over pages? Isnt that quite large for an Osprey book?

Either way, im definitely purchasing it once its published in November. Much as im a modern armour fan, the sherman has a special place for me since its really the very first armour tank that i built when i first started off.

I do agree with Jim that it would be nice to have a chapter for beginners. I do find that most modelling books by Osprey are for the more intermediate to advance modellers.
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Posted: Sunday, October 08, 2006 - 01:56 AM UTC

Quoted Text

Thanks Jim for the review.
I have just got the bug to build a Shermen and have been trolling the 'net for ideas. With not much cash I thought of the Tamiya M4A1 kit. TA35190 I think to start with.

This book looks like a must, especially if I build more than one eventually. What do you think of the Tamiya kit BTW. Good choice for someone to start with? Please consider I cannot afford aftermarket stuff but would get this book after reading your review.

Cheers
Tony



Tony
It's not a bad kit to start out on building a Sherman TA35190 is the M4 mid production version Not the M4A1

Jim

Thanks for the review Another "must have" book
jimbrae
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Posted: Sunday, October 08, 2006 - 10:54 AM UTC

Quoted Text

I do find that most modelling books by Osprey are for the more intermediate to advance modellers.



This does seem to be their editorial policy - why, I have no idea at all..Jim
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Posted: Sunday, October 08, 2006 - 03:40 PM UTC

Quoted Text

This book looks like a must, especially if I build more than one eventually. What do you think of the Tamiya kit BTW. Good choice for someone to start with? Please consider I cannot afford aftermarket stuff but would get this book after reading your review.



Tony, even though the Tamiya Shermans are about the oldest out there, and there ISN'T such a thing as a 'perfect' kit, take a look at the DML ones - the M4a2 is REALLY excellent (it'll be available in a few weeks) or here's a good 'starter' - http://www.armorama.com/modules.php?op=modload&name=Reviews&file=index&req=showcontent&id=1337 - the advantage of this one, all the PE is included...Jim
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Posted: Sunday, October 08, 2006 - 09:03 PM UTC
Chad and Jim.
Thanks for the reply's. I think I'll wait for the review of the new kit as I am not at all keen on the tracks for the of the Dragon kit out at the moment.
I understand you will have a review of the new kit soon Jim and I look forward to reading it as I understand it has easier tracks.
Many thanks.
Tony.
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