In-Box Review
Firefly Breech for 17 pdr
Firefly Breech for Tasca Firefly
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by: Alan McNeilly [ ALANL ]


Resicast have just released a breech for the 17pdr At gun. The breech is designed for the Tasca Firefly.

This is a long overdue AM part for all those empty Firefly turrets, and should be a welcome addition to the Sherman range of AM products.

The Set

The set comes in the standard Resicast small sturdy box which shows the details of the manufacturer and producer on the top along with two black and white photographs of the built part.

Inside is an A4 four page set of instructions and 3 plastic zip bags containing the parts. The parts are cast in a light cream coloured resin and look sharp with good detail.

The build parts consists of Trunion, Breech, Breech Block, Handle, Spring Case, Left and Right fixed guards, Right hand Guard Rear, Rear Guard Section, Left Hand upper Arm and Left Hand Lower Arm.

The instructions show positioning when in full recoil and normal setting.

Normal safety precautions apply when working with resin.


A very useful AM product, allowing the modeller to leave the top hatches open without that big black hole to nowhere.

I have been hoping for one of thses for some time and I'm delighted to see this set arrive.

Highs: Excellent addition for Sherman Fans.
Lows: None I can think of.
Verdict: Highly Recommended.
Percentage Rating
  Scale: 1:35
  Mfg. ID: 35.2373
  PUBLISHED: Jun 28, 2015
  NATIONALITY: United Kingdom

About Alan McNeilly (AlanL)

Greying slightly, but young at heart. I've been teaching adults off and on for most of my life. Left the services in 85 and first started modelling in about 87 for a few years. Then I had a long spell when I didn't build anything (too busy) and really just got started again during the summer of ...

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You're entitled to your opinion.
JUL 04, 2015 - 05:41 AM
Hi Tom, Yes, it looks a simple build and I'll add a few pics when it's done. Cheers Al
JUL 04, 2015 - 05:43 AM
The ratings are subjective, for me anything over 85% mark goes in the highlt recommended catagory. It's not a must have just a nice addition for Sherman fans. I'm surprisded no one else has done one before.
JUL 04, 2015 - 05:47 AM
Hi Tom, Assembled the breech this morning, takes a bit fo care and some of the fitting points need cleaned up but it certainly fills the space. Turret is from a Tasca VC Firefly kit I got about 5 years ago. You can adjust the breech to fit you needs; firing or normal. You don't need to use parts P2 of the Tasca kit, Parts F12 and C42 all fit onto the part with no problems. Cheers Al
JUL 11, 2015 - 07:32 PM
How on earth did they fit three crew in there? I don't fancy the TC's position - the guard for the breach leaves him no room at all. But it looks VERY visible through opened hatches, so will be a must for future FF builds...
JUL 11, 2015 - 08:59 PM
Hi Tom, Yes, getting out of the tank in a hurry was a bit of a problem. I haven't built any of the Taska Shermans yet but as I've opened the box, I'll finish the job on this one. Cheers Al
JUL 11, 2015 - 09:15 PM
Al That looks good, a great addition to the review. Too bad you would not see much of it in the tank. Would the Archer and Achilles use the same breech on the 17pdrs? It so, would be a great addition for the Archer and Achilles kit. Kevin
JUL 11, 2015 - 09:26 PM
Hi Kevin, As best I can remember both the Archer and Achillies come with the full monty breech wise as they are open top vehicles. Cheers Al
JUL 11, 2015 - 10:54 PM
Alan I think he means would this be an improvement.
JUL 12, 2015 - 01:49 AM

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