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Friday, April 27, 2012

Review: Plastic Soldier Company M4A4 Sherman and Firefly Box

- by Dirty Jon
WWPD got in a box of Plastic Soldier Company(PSC) Allied M4A4 and Firefly Sherman Tank (WW2V15011) to review. I did a review on the PSC German Halftracks, and the Panthers, so I could not wait to get my hands on these guys for my Late War British Flames of War army!

As usual, 1 tank to a sprue and 5 tanks in the box set. You get the option for a normal Sherman or a Firefly. The instructions were pretty clear, with only a few things to wonder about - nothing a quick search on the Interwebs didn't solve. Which rear portion of the turret to use? Which mantlet for the M4A4?

With PSC tanks, I like to assemble the models in 3 groups -- the Track Group, The Hull Group and the Turret Group. I spray paint the tracks black and the other groups with the Battlefront British Army Painter. These guys took about 20 minutes each to assemble. They seemed to take a little longer than the Panthers I had done -- smaller parts, maybe. The attachment points to the sprue are not in completely hidden spots like the Panthers, so I did have to take some extra time. I still got some marks on the hulls, but I don't think you can notice it too much. I also got some short barreled .50 cals, as a small portion of the tip broke on most of them during assembly.

Price: No surprise here that price makes this box set a great option. The War Store has these for $23.99.
Size: These were very compatible with my other Flames of War tanks.
Detail: The details on these are very crisp. The commander fig looks better in this box set as well.

The Sprue: The attachment points are not as concealed by assembly as there were with the Panthers and the Sd Kfz 251s. I used a really sharp knife, but I could not avoid some scratches visible on the tanks -- if you REALLY hunt through the pics you may be able to see some divots. Also, with the assembly, some joins will be visible. I am guessing that this particular tank just did not allow for that stuff to be hidden. If modeling is your thing, I am sure you could spend some extra time to correct this. If modeling isn't your thing, then paint'm and don't worry about it -- these look fine!
Assembly: For modelers, this might be a plus -- for me, it is not. Now, I have gotten pretty good at this, so it is not so bad.

The sprue is just 3 pieces short of allowing you to make 2 complete turrets. I would easily give up some of the stowage or other options to get the extra turret. But, whaddya want for $23.99?

5 of 6 Grenades
This box set is very nice. I like the fact that these come in groups of 5 -- get 2 boxes, and Tank Company is all set! Or, you can make 1 Firefly and switch it out in the platoon as necessary. The price point on these is very, very attractive.
Decals are from Battlefront and i94 Enterprises.

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Models provided by The Plastic Soldier Company

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