Tiger Model Designs
M4 Sherman Hull Hatch Set
(Kit #353016)

1/35th Scale
Reviews by Terry Ashley

This set is designed for Dragon Sherman kits with the small crew hatches which are basically the various Firefly kits and the M4A1 early version.

The set again is cast to a high standard in light grey resin and include four parts for the hatches plus two periscope “sprues” from the periscope set.

The details on the hatches are superb with finely rendered details such as the periscope mountings, inner padding and latch details on both sides with separate support springs. Care will be needed when cleaning up the small padlock latch extensions as these are very finely cast and you will need to add grad handles from thin wire to finish off the hatches.

You can add whatever periscope setup you wish from the options on the periscope “sprue” and the hatches are a perfect fit to the target Dragon kits so are a simple replacements for the kit hatches to add considerably more detail to your model.

There are no instructions with the set but most modellers will have references on these and I have been informed that an small instruction sheet will be added to future sets.

It should be noted that the hatches are the later type with the spring supports and if used for the very early Shermans these will need to be eliminated and the attachment points removed from the hatches.

Resin parts
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Assembled Hatches, inside and outside views with added wire handles
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Overall a superbly cast update set for the Sherman that require no or only minor mods to the target kit and will add considerable detail definition to any Sherman it is used on.


SHERMAN A History of the
American Medium Tank

R.P.Hunnicutt. Presidio Books ISBN 0-89141-080-5
Thanks to Joe and Jeff of Tiger Model Designs for the review samples.

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