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Resicast M4A4 Sherman Interior Set
c5flies
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Posted: Saturday, July 10, 2010 - 04:59 PM UTC
Alan McNeilly takes a look at the M4A4 Sherman Mk V 75mm Interior Kit, a new release from Resicast designed specifically for the Tasca M4A4.

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If you have comments or questions please post them here.

Thanks!
metooshelah
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Posted: Saturday, July 10, 2010 - 10:02 PM UTC
thanks Alan, enjoyed reading!
looks like a very nice interior kit. should have gotten one of resicast's instead of CMK's when I built that sherman of mine :
AlanL
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Posted: Saturday, July 10, 2010 - 11:18 PM UTC
Hi Juan,

I had a long discussion about prices with a couple of the AM suppliers when I was down at Duxford. It's a case of value for money, getting good quality stuff. If you compare the price of many of the AM products set against the price of this set it is actually excellent value.

I'd agree it is not cheap as my bank account can testify too, but if you factor in the development time and cost, the fact that these sets will only appeal to a limited amout of builders and the overall quality of the kit and contents then it kinda changes the context.

This kind of conversion is something special, a one off build, it also provides a template for attempting you're own scratch builds. It is very much a personal choice at the end of the day.

Just for info Graham has several more of these kits in the Pipeline:

M4A1 full Interior
M4A4 Sherman Firefly full interior (finally a 17pdr breach)

and for those who only want part interior; nearly ready is a basic update set to be used with any Sherman kit and it features a simplified version of the driver and co-drivers position.

For the Tasca kits I'd shop around, there seems to be a vatiation in price, I got mine on the expensive end direct from Tasca but I have since seen them cheaper, which is Murphy's law.

One other thing to bear in mind is the exchange rate, that can impact on price also.

5 years ago I would have agreed with you, now I look at things differently, but I still look for value for money and this set stands up well on that account when compared with many of the other AM offerings around.

Hi Matan,

Murphy's law!!

Cheers guys

Al
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Posted: Sunday, July 11, 2010 - 02:11 AM UTC
Great review and good pictures to go along with it. I did have to put the old "Beer Goggles" on to focus in on a couple of the close up shots. Almost makes me want to run out and buth the kit and interior.

Tanks
Andy
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Posted: Sunday, July 11, 2010 - 06:38 AM UTC
Great review. And as the saying goes "you get what you pay for!"
Resicast is an excellent product and I've never been disappointed upon opening the box. I'm no way connected to them, just a very satisfied customer.
Darryl
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Posted: Tuesday, July 13, 2010 - 08:36 AM UTC
Hi Andy & Darryl,

Thanks, glad you found it useful.

Al
Illini
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Posted: Friday, July 16, 2010 - 04:05 AM UTC
Looks great, thanks for the review.

I ove the idea of doing an interior, but I'm always stumped by how to paint it. Is there a good reference thsat would have lots of COLOR pictures of an actual interior?
AlanL
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Posted: Saturday, July 17, 2010 - 12:44 AM UTC

Quoted Text

Looks great, thanks for the review.

I ove the idea of doing an interior, but I'm always stumped by how to paint it. Is there a good reference thsat would have lots of COLOR pictures of an actual interior?



Interiors for Shermans were an off white or cream colour. There is an excellent restoration here:

http://hmvf.co.uk/forumvb/index.php

but you'd have to sign up.

Armour Photo Gallery have some useful publications.

Al
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Posted: Tuesday, July 27, 2010 - 11:24 AM UTC
Great review Alan , thanks
AlanL
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Posted: Wednesday, July 28, 2010 - 06:12 AM UTC
Hi Chris,

Thanks, which reminds me I must crack on with the Matilda set review.

Al
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Posted: Wednesday, July 28, 2010 - 12:48 PM UTC
Excellent review - That interior really looks nice! I may have to pick up the M4A1 interior when it is released
AlanL
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Posted: Saturday, July 31, 2010 - 08:13 AM UTC
Hi Kirk,

Many thanks, yes more good things to come.

Al
Illini
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Posted: Monday, August 09, 2010 - 09:39 AM UTC
This is the second or thrd upgrade set I've been interested in recently where the base kit seems to be very hard to find.

I placed an order with "Lucky" but they only said it was "available". I can't find any other online store that has it in stock. There are a couple on e-bay, at inflated prices.

Is this a common occurence

Will the supplier (Tasca) make more if demand calls for it
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Posted: Saturday, December 11, 2010 - 05:05 AM UTC
Sorry to be redirecting an old thread
I recently aquired a tasca direct vision early Sherman, and want to put an interior in it. Is this set correct for the early Sherman? Is tge turret correct?
This is my first Sherman, mist of my research is on German armor. So this is all new to me.

Thanks much!
AlanL
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Posted: Saturday, December 11, 2010 - 06:55 AM UTC
Hi Arron,

In a word No. You want to wait for the M4A1 Sherman Mk II interior, I believe it may be the next one out, although there is one planned for the M4A4 VC Firefly and I don't know which is scheduled first.

Al
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Posted: Saturday, December 11, 2010 - 08:27 AM UTC
Thanks much for the info!
I'll keep my eye out for it