16 years ago
(Sherman) Firefly VC; 190 parts (134 in grey stryene, 54 etched brass,
2 tan DS plastic track runs); price estimated at US $13.98
Advantages: Nice, clean kit with new M4A4/Sherman V hull, tracks and
turret; detail rivals 1/35 scale kits; provides the modeler with the
ability to make the model as detailed as possible
Disadvantages: brass details are now bordering on the ridiculous in
regard to size and usability
Rating: Highly Recommended
Recommendation: for all Commonwealth armour fans and "Shermaholics"
in small scale
DML is going great guns on their small scale line, and following
their gorgeous M4A1 mid-production tank they have now introduced a
Sherman VC Firefly of the same level of detail and quality. Up until
now the only small scale Firefly was the ancient Matchbox one in 1/76
scale, so this is a welcome bit of news for Commonwealth modelers in
The kit basically combines the B and C sprues from the M4A1 kit
(details and mid-production VVSS suspension, with welded road wheels
and "straight" return roller arms with pillow blocks) with 71 new
styrene parts for the hull and turret, as well as two new DS plastic
British pattern steel chevron track runs.
The hull is beautifully done with "Slide Molding" providing the
side details as well as the top and front/rear ones, including very
petite weld bead details (less casting numbers!) and other niceties.
The turret likewise has been "Slide Molded" as has the gun barrel
which has a hollow muzzle brake all the way through. The radio bin at
the rear of the turret comes with three rectangular plates and is an
add-on. Everywhere one looks are fine details such as bolts, screw
heads, weld bead, etc.
All of the armored applique panels are included, three hull, one
turret and the patch over the bow gun port. The only "ding" I could
see was that the trailer hitch was molded in the stowed position on the
side of the rear doors, but unless you are planning on using an ammo
trailer that is pretty minor. All of the crew hatches and the pistol
port are separate parts and can be shown open or shut. There is no
interior detail in the turret.
The transmission cover is the "bolted" three-section type with
separate bolt flanges, which is normal for portraying this component,
and has a choice of cast in or etched brass "ears" for the tow
shackles. Other etched brass components include the taillight lenses,
light guards, part of the tool brackets, and in the RP (right puny)
department, the locking tabs and ears for the hatches. (These are maybe
0.5 x 1.0 mm.)
Painting instructions and markings via a nice Cartograf sheet cover
four vehicles: 27th Candian Armour Regiment, 2nd Canadian Armoured
Brigade, France 1944; Unidentified captured vehicle, Germany 1944;
Unidentified captured vehicle, Germany, 1944 (looks like something from
a test range, as I have never seen these markings before!); and the
famous "Velikye Luki" from 3 Troop A Squadron Northamptonshire
Yeomanry, France 1944. I am always a bit surprised with all of the
Commonwealth options why two out of four are dedicated to
Overall, this is a great little model and the equal of the M4A1
released earlier. A good year for armour modelers with a U!
Thanks to Freddie Leung for the review sample.