Friday, September 25, 2015 - 07:44 PM UTC
Tamiya have announced a new M4A3E8 Sherman "Easy Eight" in 1/35th scale and finished as a vehicle in the European theatre of operations. This offering from Tamiya features slide mould use to provide maximum detail and ease of build.
35346 1/35 U.S. Medium Tank M4A3E8 Sherman "Easy Eight" European Theatre
Availability: November
MSRP: $53.00
This is an all-new kit designed by Tamiya’s top designers which recreates the "Easy Eight" variant of the legendary Sherman medium tank. The M4A3E8 was known fondly as the “Easy Eight” by its crews, thanks to the relatively smooth drive afforded by its Horizontal Volute Spring Suspension (HVSS). Another distinguishing feature was its 76mm gun. Some of the 2,500 examples produced were in time to appear in the Battle of the Bulge (Dec. 1944-Jan. 1945), and others even served in the Korean War years after the Allied WWII triumph. Movie buffs will no doubt also recall that the "Easy Eight" was the star of the 2014 hit film "Fury."
Slide molded turret and upper hull parts give an unbeatable combination of hassle-free assembly and highly realistic detail levels. Cast metal turret and welded hull surface textures are rendered accurately.
The rear showcases sharp, detailed molding on engine grilles and exhausts, as well as the numerous accessories depicted by the kit.
Clear parts are used to recreate light lens and cupola vision block parts, further upping the realism of this kit.
The single-pin T66 tracks are recreated with minimum fuss and great accuracy, by the included belt-type tracks. Drive sprockets feature fine holes.
A commander figure in realistic pose is provided for the cupola. The periscope seen on the hatch underside is depicted using separate parts.
• 1/35 scale plastic model assembly kit. Length: 214mm, width: 86mm.
• This is an almost entirely-newly designed model (road wheels and other small parts use existing design), which captures a WWII "Easy Eight" with stunning accuracy.
• Features such as the large turret and powerful gun are beautifully rendered.
• Detailed depictions of the HVSS and single pin T66 tracks contribute to the authentic appearance.
• Modelers can choose to assemble the model with its various hatches open or closed.
• 2 marking options included.
• 1 commander torso figure for the cupola included.
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They've closed the sponsons!!!
SEP 26, 2015 - 01:30 AM
Gee, I will get this one when I finish the ten I current have on the shelf!
SEP 26, 2015 - 01:36 AM
tell me those tracks are temporary, installed for the photo shoot... thy look really really bad....
SEP 26, 2015 - 08:01 PM
Nice looking kit. The figure has the look of a certain tank commander from a recent movie???
SEP 27, 2015 - 12:38 AM
They look like the usual Tamiya vinyl tracks, and likely what you will get in the kit. KL
SEP 27, 2015 - 12:40 AM
Looks good to me but then i'm no rivet counter,rather otbb,however looking at the photos,the 50,cal looks truly very poor,it just looks out of place on the build,in fact it,s crap,why oh why does tamiya produce a new kit,then let it down with a poor 50,makes no sense to me,just lets the after market boys in from the start,plus i noticed no etch at all,you'd think that at usd53.00 you would get more for your money,still only my opinion. regards to all
SEP 27, 2015 - 03:25 PM
They look like the usual Tamiya vinyl tracks, and likely what you will get in the kit. KL[/quote] The belt tracks from Tamiya's recent releases were in soft plastic and were a lot more detailed than the belts in this kit.
SEP 27, 2015 - 07:26 PM
I like that tc figure.
SEP 28, 2015 - 04:47 AM
I've found that it's a matter of a few minutes to take a link or two out of the Tamiya glue-able tracks, and it improves their look hugely. I will buy one, even though I have the Asuka/Tamiya kit in the stash, because, typically for Tamiya kits, this one will be buildable in the limited modeling time I have these days.
SEP 28, 2015 - 08:29 PM

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