Rubicon Models M4 Sherman Composite or Firefly IC Hybrid

Rubicon Models M4 Sherman Composite or Firefly IC Hybrid

Rubicon Models

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The M4 Sherman, officially Medium Tank, M4, was the most widely used medium tank by the United States and Western Allies in WW2. The M4 Sherman proved to be reliable, relatively cheap to produce, and available in great numbers. Thousands were distributed through the Lend-Lease program to the British Commonwealth and the Soviet Union. The tank was named by the British for the American Civil War General William Tecumseh Sherman.

The original Sherman design included both cast and welded upper hulls. In the rush to increase production, it was noted that cast hulls could be manufactured cheaper and faster than welded hulls, with “a large saving on welding rod and labour.” However, in October 1942, it was concluded that while conversion to all cast hulls might be advantageous, it was not feasible under the current industrial conditions. In that same month, the Ordnance Department in conjunction with the Chrysler Corporation, began design work on a cast front end that offered a partial solution to the higher cost of the all welded upper hull, since the front is where a good deal of the welding man-hours was spent.

Also, the front casting was a fraction of the size of a complete cast hull, so could be produced by smaller capacity foundries, the M4 Composite (or Sherman I Hybrid in British terms) was created.

Set Contains:
- Includes both low & high bustle turrets
- Options to build a British Firefly IC Hybrid
- Multiple mantlet choices
- Open or closed turret & hull hatches
- Tank crew figures included

6 sprues, assembly required, supplied unpainted. Glue and paint sold separately.

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