If you are ‘shermanholic’ in Braille scale and you want to build a plastic kit, Dragon is the best option, no doubt about that. They have an entire plethora of kits, covering all major variants of this legendary allied tank. There are some minor problems, especially with the boogies in the first released batches. Another subject for debate are the tools moulded on the hull surface. Personally I don’t dislike them so much.
Doug Chaltry runs a great website dedicated to 1/72 Sherman; if you want to buy a kit, or just to read a comprehensive review, you should check it out.
This was my second build Sherman and one of my favourite projects so far. When I build a model, I like to represent, if possible, a real vehicle. This was my inspiration for the Sherman:
I started with the bogies, and added a few details:
Then I moved up to the hull. Since Dragon doesn’t provide the periscope brush guards in this kit, I had to make them from scratch. I also added the grab handles on the hatches. Dragon does provide some etched brass parts, like the brush guards for the lights and the lovely rear luggage rack.
The turret was next in line, with some extra-details also:
After that the final fitting and my Sherman was ready for the paint job.
I hand brushed a few layers of Vallejo paints; a mix of US dark green and Olive drab.
The striped winter camouflage was followed by pigments and washes, and thus I ended my project.
In conclusion, this is a great kit, an excellent build just out of the box, but also a very good platform for those who like extra-detailing.