Kit Preview : 1/76 MMS M4A2 76 (kit #940)
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. The M4A2 (76) was mainly used by the Red Army.
About the kit
Save for the hull and chassis, this kit is identical to the MMS M4A3 76 reviewed here.
Compared to the Cromwell model of the same tank, the MMS model has a slightly wider hull and smaller turret. This is after correcting the ground clearance and transmission cover problem. Without it hardly looks like a Sherman.
The two guns provided by MMS are a nice touch because the gun in the Cromwell kit is inferior.
Reviewed on 11/5/09.