Administrators Fran Posted November 19, 2014 Administrators Share Posted November 19, 2014 1/35 M4A1 ProfiPACKEduardCatalogue #3716Available direct from Eduard for €35,96 Bunny Fighter Club price: €30,54 Eduard really looks like betting again on armour models, by given a new Sherman on the block. After some long hiatus, now Eduard releases the second armour model kit. Not new mold or Eduard molds but rebox. And what a rebox… we going there just in a minute! I thought quite hard (until my head hurts…ok not that much) about doing a brief history or now about the Sherman or specifically of the M4A1. I really not a Shermanholic, and I do know some basis of Sherman history, but who doesn`t? So, forgive me, but I will skip presenting the Sherman!! Come on, it’s a Sherman, every single modeler knows the Sherman. J Now down to business: The kit comes packaged under the Eduard ProfiPACK banner clearly recognizable on the lift of lid. Precisely at this point I recall the Tiger II review (by my good friend Martin) where I was disappointed about the “profipack” concept (in armour for Eduard)… So I open the box and start looking for the goodies…. And I found it: a medium size and high quality photo-etched sheet. But we will get there later on. So back to the box, the artwork is quite amazing and eye catching… Modelers before being modelers are collectors… so an eye catching box is half way to the modeler to say: WANT. All the artwork and side profiles make a perfect box just appealing the modeler to buy. All the sprues are bagged separately by species, so the repeated sprues are together. The decal sheet was left loose and unprotected as was the booklet… a strange option but no damage in any on either. The photo etch sheet was its own clear plastic re-sealing type bag with a thick piece of card inside the bag. The usual care to have with photo etches. The plastic parts are all from Tasca/Asuka M4A1 Sherman. If you check any review for Tasca Sherman you can see that this I simply the best Sherman available in 1:35, so it`s a fantastic choice from Eduard and great to see it in Eduard label and more affordable then Tasca option and with extras. Knowing that Tasca release 3 early versions (Firefly, Mid Production and Late Production), I start digging on the model to try to see with one is it and the answer is on the tracks. So I will start this review by the tracks! And as said, the answer is quite simple. The tracks are the T48 Ruber Chevron Block, one of the most common on early Sherman and that means this Sherman in a Late type production (Tasca model kit 35012). The tracks, as said, are the T48 Ruber Chevron Block and are four vinyl parts in black rubber. They look quite fine with a good track pad detail and with no major problem as they are quite flexible. However, as all vinyl tacks, the attachment points are their weakness. Here I think I will go the metal link to link track. Now to the plastic. The kit contents besides the vinyl tracks, 18 plastic sprues, 1 sprue with polycaps, 1 Pe-fret, decal sheet and assembly manual. The plastic is in an olive green color and molding quality is very good, as expected. I check all the parts and sprues and you won't find flash anywhere. Starting with the upper hull (sprue H), this comes in a single cast part, with sharp detail. The detail is quite impressive mainly on the casting hull texturing. Is quite soft and really subtle that conveying a real sense of iron. Equal texture to the turret! Simply outstanding. The upper hull also have opening for crew hatches and full engine deck with a option to let it open (which makes sense if you put a full detail engine bay on it) I do not know much about Sherman (as I already said) but looking carefully shaped to the upper hull , it seems to me perfectly correct.This kit is not new and was appointed when he came out as the best Sherman at 1:35. Since then, it has remained nothing worthy of record that put in question such a title.So I will not lose myself in accuracy issues, than has been much debated when release and by whom the subject actually perceives. Passing on to the lower hull (sprue E), this one is in several parts. An original Tasca option (not much appreciated by me, as I prefer a full lower hull that doesn`t give any fitting and alignment issues) that gives the aftermarkets and scratch builders plenty of room to super detail as the upper hull, as we saw, does have hatches on the front and engine bay. The sprue J will give the end up of the hull itself by given sprocket attachment piece and front lower hull. This sprue also got the 75 mm gun in two pieces. I would be personally sorely tempted to seek out an aftermarket replacement in aluminium even thought I already saw finish Sherman with the 75 mm gun directly OOB with great results. Sprue A and B, in total of 5 sprues, brings us all the wheels and suspension. You got three types of sprocket but only two can be used according with the Eduard instructions. The suspension constructions looks pretty straightforward and the little pieces of rubber makes it`s way into makes all the suspension works like the real thing. (Rubber sheet) I really think that is the idea behind it because the sprocket and driver wheels are not supposed to be glued in lower hull but only attached. One little detail that you should be careful: you must add rivets to wheels, so pick up your punch and die set. RP Tools will launch one. Going on to sprue C, it has most of minor parts like tools, turret hatch, the hull and co-axial cal. 30 MG and for example front mud fenders that can be replace by photo-etched. Both cal. 30 MG have very nice perforated jacket detail and a slightly hollowed out muzzle. Very nice and sharp detail. The D sprue (x2) is quite little and have some lights and hinges. The F sprue bring up some fenders (that can be replace by photo-etched) and lower hull details. Also brings a figure which is quite well cast and a very nice figure in plastic. Eduard also said this is not to use but is a really looking figure that can and will be used with a new hornet head. The L sprue as some details including one gun mantlet. You wil get two gun mantlet for the four kit option. This sprue only has 7 used parts… All other are unusable. On the highlight of this kit is without a doubt the M2 .50cal. The all gun is made from 10 parts, because all other parts are not to use. With the machine gun itself made up of 8 parts. Nevertheless you have 3 barrels to choose (hollow barrels) and hollowed out cooling jacket. The .50cal must be the one in 1:35 injection mold. Simply amazing and sharp detail, it`s a model kit itself. Sprue "R" is on the box… but I really can find any useful use on the instructions. Doesn`t exist on the initial diagram and in all the instruction simply any parts is used. Looks like some parts for the inside of the hull… Jerry cans are given on two separate sprues that doesn`t have any letter. So is the “unnamed sprue”. The quality is an excellent one that doesn`t need any AM. The clear parts comes in two sprues with excellent molding and no distortion. They are sufficiently transparent for their propose. Now to the sheet that gives this model the term “Profipack” – the photo-etched sheet. The PE sheet is in brass, given modeler tiny details like handles, holders tools, front fenders, side fenders, mesh and other details. The sheet is a most welcome extra that will improve the already fantastic Tasca kit and gives to Eduard release, his true nature: Profipack! J Now going to the decals sheet, they are very thin, with good color saturation and very good print. There are printed by Eduard with some very nice quality. Hats off Eduard! It offers 4 options with all the markings to make each one. Passing on to the assembly manual or instructions booklet, you get a 12 page booklet A4 in size and printed with a semi-gloss finish in typical Eduard fashion. The logical and easy step, clear images and intuitive vision and drawings makes, as always, really easy to work with Eduard booklets. One thing that, presently almost manufactures have, is a full diagram of all sprues and all the info about unused parts allows a full representation of which parts will be use. This is essencial, at least for me, to get a clear view of all the sprue and parts that allows a better part detection on the work in progress. Another thing that not all manufacturers offer is 360.º view of the profiles. Every and each option given as profiles from each side. The subjects included in this release: M4A1, 3016307, H13, 66 Armored Regt/2 Armored Div, Jun 1944, 'Hellcat' M4A1, unknown, I6, 5th Army, Italy, 1944, 'Bull O The Woods' M4A1, 3036754, G2, 3rd Bn/66 Armored Regt/2 Armored Div, Jun 1944, 'Goldie' M4A1, unknown, 11, 13 Armored Regt/1 Armored Div, Anzio, 1944, 'Frantic' Conclusion Eduard decided to return to armour model kit by re-boxing and put in it some goods!! If with their first release (Tiger II – see here) things didn`t go very well, and simply miss the boat and didn`t make big impact on armour modelling, they simply nail it with this Sherman. The Tasca Sherman is the best Sherman on the market, and with some very good extras that we can call it a ProfiPACK kit. And top of that, a bargain comparing with the Tasca original release. So with this release you get the best 1:35 sherman with a comprehensive photo-etched sheet at a VERY GOOD PRICE! Try to get the original M4A1 (late production) Tasca model kit and you will pay (without shipping) 45 to 50 euros, at least. Every modeler (even not a very keen armour modeler) knows that Sherman from Tasca/Asuka are the best available on the market and for this price and with the extra detail on the photo-etched, The release just fly off the shelves like I saw it on MPM stand in SMC in Velhoven… It simply sold out! J So now Eduard can we have a M32B1 “profipack??? Very Highly recommended With my sincere thanks to Eduard for this review sample, to purchase directly, please follow this link. Francisco Guedes Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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