- The attention to detail, from surface textures to kit engineering to even the tiny size of the sprue gates. Someone has put some crazy thought and heart into this kit (and if you know anything about my modeling preferences, you know that’s the stuff I love to build).
So, the textures and detail are impressive.
But so is the thought given to how things go together. Just check out the jerry cans included with the kit (these, like the suspension bogies and M2 .50 cal machine gun, are sold as separate “mini-kits”.
Most jerry cans come as halves that have to be glued together, leaving seams that have to be dealt with. Not these. The entire bottom of the can is a single piece, and the top just drops in. Elegant.
The M2 .50 is another little work of art. I built one of these for my Achilles awhile back, and it’s fantastic.
Tasca’s Shermans come with flexible “rubber band” style tracks. I know some people hate these things. I’m not one of them. Spare me the agony of indy links anyday! And on a Sherman, which kept its track under tensions, rubber bands are fine. And these are of solid quality. Good detail, daylight between the individual links, and so on. Here’s hoping they’re the right size!
Here’s another interesting touch. Tasca provides the cupola parts in regular styrene and clear. I got a tip to use white glue to mask the port windows, and I believe I’ll try going that route!
Finally, if there’s one downside to this kit, here it is.
I mean, really? In this age of slide molding, in light of all the brilliant detail elsewhere in the kit, gun halves?
Fortunately, my one bow to aftermarket with this kit should address the problem. This is the LionMarc LM10039 M1 76mm barrel.
After the inspection, I broke into the kit and built up the lower hull and the transmission cover. The cover gave me some headaches before I realized I was approaching it upside down (oops!). The lower hull, though not one piece, slots together extraordinarily well. A test-fit of the upper hull reveals all is going according to plan…
More to come!