Wednesday, December 15, 2010 - 12:25 PM UTC
Announced a week or two ago but somehow slipping thru the net, this is the latest M4 Variant from Tasca.
35-022: U.S. Medium Tank M4A1 Sherman (Late Production w/Hedgerow Cutter)

The New model will include the following details:

Includes new Hedgerow Cutter parts.
Hedgerow Cutter can be made into different designs.
Package illustrated by Mr. Yoh Morinaga.
Late war parts includes Gun Travel Clamp and Side applique armor, both commonly found in Normandy.
Includes two different types of M34A1 Gun Mantlet.
Includes two different types of front fender.
FlexibleT48 tracks included.
Includes commander figure.
Includes three different markings for M4A1 serving in Normandy.
Decals printed by Cartograf

A somewhat different approach to a relatively common variant!
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Yeah, I'm pretty sure it's 35012 with a hedgerow cutter and travel lock. Same decals, otherwise appears to be the same kit. 35012 is listed as 'out of production' on Tasca's website. For those who didn't get it the first time, it's a nice kit, but I wouldn't buy ANOTHER just to get the hedgerow cutter. Wonder if they'll offer the hedgerow cutter as a separate piece/kit. If nothing else, you will be able to buy the sprue.
DEC 16, 2010 - 01:58 AM
What???? Another Sherman? Is that all we're ever gonna get? Sheesh, when is Tasca gonna start issuing an Sd.Kfz.6 or something like that? Sorry, I couldn't resist. It seems like every time Dragon issues a Pz. III variant, a howl goes up about them re-using their molds. This looks very interesting, a Normandy Sherman seems like a big hole in my stash.
DEC 16, 2010 - 05:20 AM
I'm with Brad on this one ...well they could have at least added the late sharp nose transmission cover ... And new decals!!! This is a lazy way to make a buck guys!
DEC 16, 2010 - 09:43 AM
Dosen't seem to have much more detail than the Revell 32 Sherman w/hedgerow cutter I picked up for about $20. Kind of disappointed with this kit.
DEC 16, 2010 - 09:51 AM
The Tasca kits are FANTASTIC models independent of the subject matters they cover. They have most of the detail of a Dragon type kit, with the 'falls together' nature of a Tamiya kit. They are my favorite manufacturer.
DEC 16, 2010 - 04:24 PM
If God had wanted all kits to come with Sharp-Nose Tranny Covers, he wouldn't have given us Rob Erwin and Formations ....
DEC 16, 2010 - 07:39 PM
Yeah Rick, considering they were in use then. I don't get the hype of a 'late' production M4A1 which with an additional feature places it in a certain sphere of operations thus narrowing its' versatility. BUT if it is true that the older 35012 is no longer in production, they should just say it is a straight swap with a couple of 'bonus' parts? I'm not knocking the quality of the kit (I bought 2 of the 35012s) just certain marketing ploys. Removing the rivets from the original 'mid' M4A1 (35010) to represent the most prevalent type of hull tub found on the later production (35012) is not necessarily the most viable thing as more surgery is needed than mentioned. I hope the 'issue' is not passed on to a third kit? P.S. I love Tasca regardless. The straight up comparison to the DML equivalents are at least on par, and actually better in some crucial areas of detail AFAIK. Brad
DEC 16, 2010 - 08:25 PM
The Hedgerow Cutte is a nice must-to-have..but.. They used the same transmission cover as on the last M4A1 late version. Itīs the middle version transmission cover,which is wrong for the decal options like "battling lady". Still no late style version from Tasca.
DEC 16, 2010 - 09:17 PM
I concur, i just got a direct vision Sherman in our AMPS club white elephant Christmas exchange (i must be lucky!) I am not really an american Armour guy, but man i am impressed with this kit! it really is just what you describe, falls together very nicely! whole lotta fun! I am seriously considering doing another tasca sherman... I guess i am getting the bug.
DEC 17, 2010 - 05:06 PM

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