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Monday, June 11, 2018 - 07:52 PM UTC
Dragon presents two new Sherman kits, the M4A1 DV and the M4A1 from El Alamein
The M4A1 Sherman featured a cast hull, and it was the first Sherman production type to leave the Lima Locomotive Works, Ohio, in February 1942, shortly after the USA entered the war.
These early tanks had direct-vision (DV) slots on the glacis plate. This DV-equipped type of American tank fought in North Africa, including such famous battles as the one at Kasserine Pass. They later also participated in the invasion of Sicily and fought in Italy.

The new Dragon US M4A1 DV has been boosted with the newly tooled Magic Tracks. In fact, this is one of the first Sherman kits on which these Magic Tracks have been made available, and these brand new links are both extremely accurate and very easy to assemble.
Besides, a wide selection of photo-etched metal parts is also available to guarantee modelers a pleasurable build.

As for the other model, the Second Battle of El Alamein from October 23rd to November 5, 1942 was a major turning point in the North African campaign, and initiated Rommel’s fighting retreat to the west. One of the keys to the Allies’ victory in this latter battle was the arrival of Sherman tanks from America.
This was the first combat use of the M4A1 Sherman (known as Sherman II in British nomenclature), with a total of 252 Shermans available at the start of Operation Lightfoot.
This kit will feature also Magic Tracks.
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Except the magic tracks, both kits look very, very close to the Dragon 6404 and 6447 releases in 2008. Much improved versions of the Dragon first M4A1 early (ref. 6048) but this old kit was providing the rounded rear plate (where it joins the lower hull) which is typical of M4 from Lima Locomotive works (LLW) and Pacific Cars & Foundry according to Sherman's historians (Zaloga, Laughin, Stansell...). It seems that Dragon 6404 and 6447 only provide the angled rear panel (part C13 in 6447 kit) which is correct for M4A1 DV from Pressed Steel Car Company. In fact the first 400 M4A1 DV produced at Lima were sent to the British, so depicting a British direct vision Sherman from El Alamein may require a proper rounded plate ? And in terms of fit and joy to build, no Dragon sherman can rival with Tasca/Asuka releases, leaving apart any accuracy "nuts & bolts" issues for DML kits that are beyond my knowledge
JUN 12, 2018 - 06:00 PM
In your opinion if I wanted to build a LLW Sherman I should look into this kit by Asuka? ASUKA Model - Nr. 35-014 LINK
JUN 13, 2018 - 12:41 AM
Is dragon ever consider making sherman with mine roller?
JUN 13, 2018 - 03:09 AM
In your opinion if I wanted to build a LLW Sherman I should look into this kit by Asuka? ASUKA Model - Nr. 35-014 LINK [/quote] I will always favor a Tasca M4 instead of a Dragon ones as long as M4 versions are comparable. Tasca has unfortunately stopped developing their M4 range some years ago (Asuka is just reboxing today) and, for example, at the time being, Dragon is providing the best M4A3 Wet hull 75 mm plastic kit for an OOB built. But its M4A4 and/or Vc Firefly better be avoided if accuracy is a concern. Regarding the M4A1 DV/Sherman mk III you are asking for, Tasca/Asuka offer is superb and provide bolted panels for the lower hull (welded later)... but, if you want a Lima version, you should, at least, need to tweak the rear plate (angled in the kit) or buy a resin updated part like the one provided by TMD : LINK Hope this help
JUN 13, 2018 - 05:28 AM
Don't know about Dragon but I am sure you remember that : Verliden used to offer an (old and tricky) resin conversion to built and M4 Mine roller T1E3 (famous M4A1 Aunt Gemina picture) Resicast (Belgium) is today offering a superb Crab flail conversion for a commonwealth M4A4 Mine Roller (more accurate and better manufactured than the Legend one's) And that, thanks to Armorama, we learned about Bold division T10 offer : LINK
JUN 13, 2018 - 05:48 AM
IIRC Asuka's kit has a riveted lower hull, which was characterisitic of PSC-built tanks well into 1943. Lima always used welded lower hulls, with a curved transition at the base of the lower tail plate. That type of hull was offered on Dragon's ancient M4A1 kit, as well as the original versions of their M4 Compsosite hull and M4 Composite Firefly from 15+ years ago. Their current Shermans all offer the 45-degree angled lower tail plate transition.
JUN 13, 2018 - 08:42 AM
Thanks Gerald for confirming this point... sanding the rivet on Tasca mk II Dv kit is not a big deal and/or buying a spare low hull from their M4 hybrid issue (35027) is even easier and will save this initial Pressed Steel Car's riveted lower hull for an other project available at LINK PS : the lower hull from Tasca/Asuka 35027 is also offering the he 45-degree angled lower tail plate transition... so a rounded plate (e.g. from TMD) is needed for a Lima version.
JUN 13, 2018 - 05:55 PM
Thank you all for the great information for the LLW version. I have talked with TMD and I ordered their Michael conversion and I am going to use the ASUKA Model - Nr. 35-014 as the base.
JUN 14, 2018 - 05:02 AM
Excellent idea ! I do have started the Tiger Models T6 resin conversion (sherman prototype) and while it is a not a kind of "shake & bake" kit, it is great opportunity to add a non-conventional version to the -very large- M4 family ! hope you'll enjoy it.
JUN 14, 2018 - 08:26 AM
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