27 June 2013
War Room 1/144 M4A3 Sherman
I know I have not been very active recently; several things in life are getting in the way. In the recent months I have been blogging about some of my 1/144 tanks here and there. Recently I acquired another tank, but this time it's a new release and it's not another German one. But an ordinary American Sherman tank.
This M4A3 Sherman is released by ACI Toys under the War Room line, which is a relatively new line, but there also exists the Metal Troops which are of highly detailed miniature military vehicles with same scale as well. Somehow this tank is not yet mentioned on the official website, with only the M4A1 Shermans featured (earlier variant with rounded hulls).
Tank with the hatches and M2 machinegun. There were no instructions as for how to place the parts, and unfortunately due to the small size and light weight I lost one of the half hatches for the turret already (as seen in the next two pictures)...
The tank itself is quite heavy for its size, so it's assumed the body, if not a majority of it, is made of metal. The hatches are made of plastic, and I have a problem of the paint where they flake off rather easily. This did not apply to the tank itself though - just the hatches. A real pity as it's really well painted with weathering features.
Front sides of the tank
And back sides
Closer look at one side of the tank. Really love the decals used as well as the weathering applied on such a small tank.
I also really appreciate the details of the tools mounted at the back of the tank. I know other more affordable tank miniatures also have tools moulded and painted on the tanks, these are possible some of the finest I've seen so far on a 1/144 scale.
As usual, a quick diorama shot to finish off the post.