tools are a hit-or-miss affair with AFV kitsand most often a miss. Tools
in Italeri Sherman kits are universally poor and have British shovels. Tamiya,
Academy, and AFV Club kits offer modest improvements. But all tend to miss certain
features of the securing hardware used to hold the tools to the tanks, and usually
represent the tie-down straps with a simple raised ring around the implement.
That leaves the more fussy modeler to try to scrape away these rings without marring
the shape of the tool, and then wrapping photoetch parts around the tool and fixing
them to the vehicle surface. Some modelers who don't care for photoetch will use
paper straps; the diehards will scratchbuild buckles.
you've grown tired of this process and want better accuracy with less work, this
set should do the trick for you. The correct mounting brackets are molded to the
tools; you get two different versions for the pry bar and sledge, so check your
references. Web strapssometies canvas, sometimes leatherand buckles
are molded around the tools and secured by tie-downs. The included tools will
essentially outfit any Sherman tank and possibly could be used with others (again,
check your references):
pry bar with early style mount
pry bar with late style mount
hammer with right hand mount
hammer with left hand mount
tools are molded atop a large square of resin, raised off the block by a seam
of resin about as thick as a couple sheets of paper. A new hobby knife blade and
some careful scoring should be adequate to remove the pieces without damage. If
you prefer to paint your tools before adding them to the vehicle, you have the
option of painting the parts in place on the resin block before separating them,
and touching up the bottom sides as necessary.
is money, and in this instance, $10 will save you time and give
you a more realistic look to the rear deck of your Sherman.