Thursday, September 23, 2010

Getting caught up on things.

Better late than never, here's the rest of my preview of the new Tasca M4A3E8.

The kit shares several sprues with the earlier M4A3(76).  These can be seen in my preview of that kit.   However, Tasca made some subtle changes to the upper hull as seen in the photos below:
Tasca gives you a real nice looking late model upper hull in their new E8.  Along with the changes noted in the photos, the weld beads are of slightly different pattern compared to those in their earlier kit. 

The turret is the later T23 type with the oval loader's hatch.  A foundry logo is cast above the pistol port.  The logo is not present on the earlier kit.

Other changes when compared to the earlier kit are shown in the photo below:
The suspension parts are shown below.  I haven't done any test fitting yet so I won't make any comments about that.

Another new set of sprues include the fenders while the sprue with the lower hull includes the muzzle brake.

Based on the sprues alone, the kit looks like another winner from Tasca!  I haven't started either kit yet as I need to practice a bit first.  Time to pull an old Tamiya M3 Lee out for some painting practice.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Another Sherman from Tasca!

Back in June, I received the then new 1/35 Tasca M4A3(76).  Quite a very nice kit!  Well, this past Friday, what was waiting for me when I got home from work?  Well, it was this:
The newest Tasca Sherman, the M4A3E8 w/T66 tracks!  Quite a pleasant surprise.  Anyways, it was a very busy weekend so I didn't have much time to go over the kit.  I'll have a preview of it posted here in the next day or so along with comparison photos of it and Tasca's earlier M4A3(76).  Stay tuned....