Verlinden 1/35 USMC Sherman M4A2 Accessory set
|For the Dragon kit
I am working on a project to use these parts with a 1/35th scale DML/Dragon M4A2
Sherman kit. The build will also require some Verlinden & Eduard etched to build
several WWII Sherman's used by the USMC in the pacific. It has turned out to be
a somewhat complicated build because the Sherman tank is not such a simple
The only simple and consistent thing is the name "Sherman". Beyond that the
changes between variants and the introduction of evolving field modifications in
WWII USMC armor like metal cages, wood plank armor, five penny nails welded to
hatches, tin roofing cut into serrated edges, cement filler between the wood
plank side appliqué armor, etc. makes for a lot of reference reading, and photo
The Verlinden resin set # 2557 along with an etched metal from both Verlinden
and Eduard have made this one possible. Fortunately Bison decals solved my
markings problem since there are no kits that come with these bits and pieces
out of the box. Some excellent reference books like Squadrons # 6096 Tank
Warfare on Iwo Jima by David E. Harper and Concord Books # 7004 Tank Battles of
the Pacific War 1941 – 1945 by Steven J. Zaloga have given me much food for
Finding the Verlinden resin set, # 2557 was a triumph. After reading the
reference books for fun, I became fascinated with the challenge of trying to
replicate some USMC WWII Sherman’s that have all sorts of extra changes compared
to the European theatre Sherman’s. They carry water tanks, telephones, wooden
planks for side armor and many more modifications that change by tank brigade
and island invasion.
The Verlinden resin is of excellent quality. The casting is refined and terrific
value for the price. The box is full of detailing parts that would deter me from
attempting to build this version from scratch. A prior effort by Italeri to do a
USMC Pacific War Sherman OOB came up short. It was much appreciated and wanted
by modelers but some of the compromises made with the final kit due to the
complexity of the subject matter left folks still waiting. The truth is you need
several USMC Pacific Sherman’s due to the variation’s of USMC armor depending on
the island campaign. Verlinden though has put many or almost all of the parts
you will need in this release.
What’s in the box?
An M3 Stuart external gas tank can to be used as a water tank.
Exposed Sherman engine compartment and hoses.
Three 5 gallon water cans.
Five bed rolls, three tarps, and ruck sacks.
Seventeen sandbags in a variety of shapes.
A well detailed resin .50 cal m.g. with two barrels.
Six water canteens.
Three wooden boxes for main gun ammo and .50 cal ammo.
Seven sections of tank track for appliqué armor.
Two idler wheels for the front glacis.
Five .50 cal ammo cans.
WWII Tanker helmet with goggles (you provide your favorite head).
Wooden plank side armor.
This is an excellent resin detail set. What could make it better? Some
instructions would help. All you have to work with is a very nice color photo on
the box that shows placement of the resin parts. Also a pipe with a faucet for
the water tank along with a telephone box would have made this a perfect
It fills a much needed gap at a very reasonable price. It must be a big seller
because I had trouble finding one. Once I looked at the parts in hand I could
understand why. You don’t see too many of these built because the build requires
considerable research and many other parts such as decals (Bison 35082 M4A3 on
Iwo Jima for example), metal cages on top of the hatches that are very
challenging to fabricate and partial or complete wading stacks (resin or etched
I had to purchase a soldering iron to put the cages and wading stacks together. Although someone will be able to use cyano or epoxy for assembly I resorted to looping and tying small copper wire to hold the etched parts together until I could solder the very fine copper wire ties – but that’s another story for a build review. In the meantime take a look at the USMC tanks on a website called hardcorpsmodels.com to get some inspiration for a unique modeling challenge.
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