Tamiya M4A3E8 Sherman "Easy Eight"
The most widely used and recognized American tank of World War II is indisputably the M4 Sherman. In its proliferation among US and Allied ground forces spread, the number of variants of this legendary design multiplied. In 1944, an improved Sherman with upgraded armor protection, a 76mm main gun, and improved suspension to bear the weight of increased armor and to smooth out the ride was fielded, and became known as the "Easy Eight" due to the suffix indicating experimental status, "E8", in its official designator, M4A3E8. Easy Eights served in World War II and soon thereafter saw combat time in Korea.
In the Box
Here's a quick first look at Tamiya's brand spankin' new Easy Eight. Wow! This bad boy looks fantastic. Typical Tamiya attention to detail, superb engineering, and very modest part count, this little Sherman promises to bring a few hours of modeling delight. The tooling is all new, with the exception of the pioneer tools and .50 cal. The 5 sprues are molded in olive green and feature well-proportioned raised and recessed detail. Of particular note are the fine weld lines on the upper hull and the fine cast texture detail on the turret. Lower hull is multi-part plastic job with the metal weights to add heft. Link and length tracks are featured, as typical for Tamiya 1/48 armor kits. A very nice upgrade from Tamiya's other 1/48 M4 kits is the full fender above the running gear which encloses the gap between lower and upper hull sides. The waist-up tank commander figure is nicely detailed and adds a welcome sense of scale and operational realism to this late-war Sherman. Decal options are provided for two ETO mounts - one at Bastogne in January '45, the other for springtime '45 in Germany.
Since it's screaming "build me!!!" I'm going to sign off and head to the bench. Here's some box-content eye candy to hold you over until the build is done...
Hull and Turret Parts - Clean and Simple
Running Gear - A Whole New Look with the HVVS for Tamiya 1/48 Shermans
Detail Example: Turret Top - Commander's Cupola, Loader's Hatch, and Fine Cast Texture
Standard Tamiya Instructions and Color and Markings Guide
Stay Tuned for the Build...
Given Tamiya's long history of exceptional 1/48 scale armor kits, and the in-box character of the "Easy Eight," I Highly Recommended it for Beginner to Advanced builders.
Thanks goes out to Tamiya USA for this review kit.
Reviewed by Dave Koukol
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