Kit Preview : 1/76 MMS M4 (105) Wet (kit #956)

About the manufacturer
MMS is the leading 1/76 white metal model brand. The quality of casting and level of detail are comparable to traditional plastic kits, albeit without etched metal detailing. Smaller details such as mirrors are often omitted , and the running gear of tracked vehicles is usually a simplified one piece casting where the guide teeth are backed by a solid metal strengthening strip.
Due to the tight packaging in unprotected plastic bags, parts often come bent or one might say, with pre-built battle damage. Care must be taken to straighten things out lest parts be broken.

About the vehicle
Please refer to the kit instructions hereunder.

About the kit
Apart from the 47 degree late M4 hull and the 105mm turret, the kit is identical to the MMS M4A3 76 reviewed here.

The MMS Shermans all have the same flaw. Their ground clearance is too high because the transmission cover is too short. The ground clearance problem is fixed by glueing 40 thou card under the hull. The transmisson cover is harder to fix. You can build it up using putty. Since I have half a dozen MMS late M4s I cast resin copies of the SHQ cover. The rest of the kit is accurate but needs quite a bit of detailing work to bring it up to the level of a modern plastic kit like Dragon's.

Reviewed on 10/26/11.