T35346 TAMIYA 1/35 EASY EIGHT EURO THEATER
An Easy Ride
The U.S. M4 Sherman tank was undoubtedly one of the symbols of WWII, deployed in great quantities and numerous variants to counter the potent threat of German armor. One such variant was the M4A3E8, which was one of the final Sherman types and thus had the benefit of design improvements developed from experience in battle. These included a hardy welded late production hull, plus the welcome addition of the 76mm main gun. It was also fitted with new Horizontal Volute Spring Suspension (HVSS), and wider tracks, making for the significantly more comfortable ride that led to the M4A3E8's nickname of "Easy Eight."Â They were thrown into their maiden operation in the Battle of the Bulge in December 1944 as part of the 4th Armored Division under General Patton's overall command, contributing to the relief of the besieged town of Bastogne and the eventual triumph of the Allies in the European Theater.
Tamiya designers pored over the real thing to achieve this superbly accurate 1/35 scale model.
Belt-type parts authentically capture the T66 single-pin tracks. The HVSS bogies are WWII-era.
Slide-molded parts feature realistic recreations of surfaces such as the cast turret and welded hull sides.
The overall finish is magnified by finely molded parts for engine grilles, numerous tools and much more!
Exhaust deflector shows superb detail, and can be moved between stowed and extended positions.
A finishing touch is provided by the realistic commander torso figure designed for installation in the cupola.
Commander's hatch can be assembled open or closed, and has separate periscope parts. Clear parts recreate vision blocks.
This is a 1/35 scale plastic model assembly kit.
Length 214mm, width 86mm.
Tamiya undertook exhaustive surveys of real M4A3E8s in order to depict its form with great accuracy, including the subtly curved turret surfaces, flat welded hull panels and the HVSS.
Slide molded parts artfully capture surface textures of cast turret and welded upper hull panels.
Wide, single-pin T66 tracks are realistically depicted using belt type parts. Drive sprockets feature precisely molded holes.
Engine grille, rear-installed deflector, and tool parts showcase stunning realism.
Clear parts recreate headlight lenses and cupola vision blocks.
Features commander torso figure and decals to recreate tanks from 2 units in the European Theater at the end of WWII.