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Modelling the US Army M4 (76mm) Sherman Medium Tank (Osprey Modelling) Paperback – October 23, 2007
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“It goes without saying that all the models/dioramas in the book look great. This book answers some of those 'how'd he do that?' questions, as well as suggestions on how to improve one's own projects. Mr. Zaloga's talent for writing provides expert advice and shows readers how to get the most out of their projects... I'd recommend this book to any armor enthusiast.” ―Pascal Zandt, International Plastic Modeler's Society (February 2008)
“Even a novice will find find some technique or some different manner in approaching a difficult area and resolve the problem. Whether it be weathering or simply adding stowage, there is a lot which can be learned from this book. Variety, as someone once said, is the spice of life. Zaloga's new book is full of a variety of interesting projects from the more 'conventional' to the extremely unusual -- the U.S. Firefly in U.S. service is a welcome 1/48th scale project.” ―Jim Rae, Armorama (October 2007)
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“All of the articles are superbly done with nice color photos showing how the builder went from base kit and a pile of aftermarket to the end product. It is full of informative hints and tips and how-to pieces that can be used by modelers of just about any genre in addition to armor builders... Overall, it is another fine addition to the Osprey Modelling series and is something that modelers of all interest levels will find useful.” ―Scott Van Aken, modelingmadness.com (November 2007)
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Since space is at a premium in these little booklets, the author just addresses variants actually used by US Army units (some types, like the M4A4, and late M4A2 versions were used mainly by Allied troops). There are new 1/35th scale Sherman kits released almost every month, now, but the books are still a useful overview on how to improve the many older kits on the market. He points up some basic improvements needed to make the available kits from Tamiya and DML/Dragon accurate (which are also applicable to other maker's versions, like Italeri and Academy), and includes very helpful "in progress" photos to illustrate the fixes. He also shows the novice how to deal with the individual link tracks included in some older Dragon Sherman kits, which are challenging to assemble unless you build a simple jig, as demonstrated in the book (newer Dragon releases offer excellent soft plastic track, which actually looks better than the single link type, and is much less arduous to install). The tanks are expertly painted and weathered using simple and effective techniques, and since Zaloga likes to display completed models in small vignettes, you get some nice tips on producing simple but effective dioramas, as well.
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Good Refference material found in this book for those looking to make historically correct models. Only drawback was not as much material as I would have liked and maybe more... Read morePublished on December 12, 2008 by R. White