Light Guard set for 1/35 Sherman tank series
The limitations of plastic moulding present real difficulties when kits need to represent extremely fine parts which in real life are made from metal strip. In many instances, etched brass comes to the rescue, but some shapes are notoriously difficult to represent. The protective guards on M4 Sherman tanks are a great example of this, and it is very difficult to get the correct shapes in scale thickness. Until now......
MJ Miniatures have come to the rescue. The set contains four sets of the front and rear light guards, plus the horn (siren) guard, and two cable clamps. Supplied with the guards are the plug holders, which simply need to be glued to the side of the headlight guards. These contained a plug to seal the hole when the light unit is removed for safe keeping. In other words, the set contains all of the necessary guards for four models, and as such there is everything that a Sherman addict could possibly want!
There was some minor variation between production batches of Shermans, but the parts supplied represent the commonest style for these parts, and basically they will suit the vast majority of models.
Notice that where the guard meets the hull surface, MJ have represented a slight bulge to represent the weld.
Apologies for the photos not being brilliant - the parts are very difficult to photograph. I just can't get the focus to show such tiny detail. These are some stock photos:
The parts are 3D printed to a quality that is simply breath-taking, and the finesse goes beyond words. To say that these parts are incredible is barely sufficient – they are absolutely astonishing. I have made these parts in the past using etched brass, and I know that this is a tricky operation without doubt. Back when I was a teenager, I even made them from plastic strip. But now, after waiting a mere 50 years(?), the solution has come along! LOL. For modelers wanting the best in terms of accuracy, these have to be the ultimate. In my humble opinion, they are well worth the relatively low cost per model.
Very Highly Recommended for Beginner to Advanced builders.
Thanks goes out to MJ-Miniatures for this review sample.
Reviewed by Chris Lloyd-Staples, 2VP (International)
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