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About the manufacturer
Cromwell's Combat Ready range combines simplicity and an excellent level of detail. Unfortunately the individual models are a bit of hit and miss. If they are accurate they are near perfect, otherwise they are cast-offs as one piece hulls don't lend themselves well to modifications. The bad kits are not really bad just not to scale.
About the vehicle
Here is the Wikipedia article on this vehicle. They only saw limited action in Europe from February 1945 until the end of the war.
About the kit
A very nicely cast resin kit. The gun has a metal insert and a separate pre-drilled muzzle brake. The barrel has 4 prominent casting gates that need to be carefully removed. The MG needs to be straightened under hot water. The MG post is folded down on the turret so where doe the MG go? The turret has finely cast MG holders, which were not figured in their Sherman models. Other than that it looks great!
Reviewed on Nov. 10, 2009