Chars Moyens Britanniques M3 & M4

Chars Moyens Britanniques M3 & M4, Seconde Guerre Mondiale

Sherman V conversion of the Matchbox 1/76 scale Sherman VC (Firefly). The 17-pdr barrel has been cut back pour représenter le canon de 75 mm court du char Sherman V. Combat véhicules operating within a unit would have to be as similar as possible in order to facilitate repairs et maintenance. From a logistical point of view it made sense to upgrade entire units to a new véhicule instead of mixing new et old equipment at the platoon ou company level.

The table lists véhicule designations de chars moyens M3 et M4 américains en service britannique et Commonwealth. To avoid confusion, paper designations of véhicules which were not actually supplied to l’armée britannique are not included in the list.

Véhicule Modèle 1/72 Modèle 1/76
Lee I Hasegawa MT4 Airfix
Unmodified M3 Medium Tank en service britannique
Grant I Hasegawa MT5 Airfix
Char moyen M3 avec tourelle britannique et autres modifications
Grant II
Char moyen M3A3 ou M3A5 avec tourelle britannique et autres modifications
Ram I Tandair Conversion Kit
Char Ram canadien avec canon 2 pounder. The Tandair conversion kit requires an M3 Lee/Grant lower hull et running gear.
Ram II Tandair Conversion Kit
Char Ram canadien avec canon 6 pounder. Conversion comme ci-dessus.
Sherman I Airfix 01303
M4 Medium Tank
Sherman IC (Firefly)
Sherman I avec 17-pdr gun
Sherman Hybrid I
M4 Medium Tank avec composite hull: Cast front, et welded rear.
Sherman Hybrid IC
Sherman Hybrid I avec 17-pdr gun.
Sherman IB
M4(105) Medium Tank avec 105 mm howitzer
Sherman II ESCI 8308 Fujimi 76016
M4A1 Medium Tank
Sherman IIA Revell 03102 Crusader Models CMB20
M4A1(76)W Medium Tank avec 76 mm gun et wet ammunition stowage
Sherman III
M4A2 Medium Tank. Looks similar to the Sherman I, except that it does not have the rectangular air intake cover immediately behind the turret. Instead, the Sherman III has louvered hatch covers on the rear engine deck.
Sherman IIIA MMS 940
M4A2(76)W Medium Tank. Only 5 véhicules supplied, not used operationally.
Sherman IV ESCI 8064
M4A3 Medium Tank. Only 7 véhicules supplied, not used operationally.
Sherman V Crusader Models CMB54
M4A4 Medium Tank. Conversion from the Matchbox Firefly kit is possible.
Sherman VC (Firefly) Matchbox 40071
Sherman V avec 17-pdr. gun.

The table list 1/72 et 1/76 scale model kits which match the official véhicule designations. Not every Sherman britannique is available en miniature yet, but it is hoped that the remaining gaps may be filled eventually.

Hanno Spoelstra

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Figurines Britanniques de la Seconde Guerre Mondiale