Patton's Sherman Tank M4-A3

  • Retail Price: $215.00
  • Our Price: $185.00
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Franklin Mint  World War II US Army diecast car
Customer Rating: 6 stars
  • Brand: Franklin Mint
  • Era: World War II
  • Code: ZO48
  • Branch: US Army
  • Scale: 1:24
  • Note: General George S. Patton's Sherman Tank

Design work began on August 29, 1940 on the M4 medium tank. More widely known as the "Sherman", it had a battle weight of 35 tons, a road speed of 26mph, and a range of 100 miles. Power was provided by 500 hp Ford V8 water-cooled engine, and the tank sported a rather anemic (when compared to the German tanks) 76mm cannon. But what it lacked in firepower, it made up for in numbers. The American war machine cranked out thousands of these in over 50 variations, including a flamethrower model.

Franklin has readily captured the essence of this American War icon with their M4A3E8. While I applaud their divergence from cars (especially Corvettes) into this new area, the model is not without what I consider faults. The turret does traverse 360 degrees and is removable so one may examine the accurately detailed Spartan interior. However only one hatch, the main one, is operational. This leaves three nonworking hatches not counting the escape hatch located in the belly of the tank. The engine compartment doors do open to reveal the Ford power plant. Paint is flawless, but what else would you expect from olive drab? Also to Franklin's credit, the suspension works well. The detail work is sturdy, as it should be on a tank. If you ever served as a member of a tank crew in one of these, or just enjoy military models, it deserves a look. Overall, I would have to rate this a 3 ½ star effort (out of 5). The issue price is $195 + S&H.

-Tom Struckman

  • Retail Price: $215.00
  • Our Price: $185.00
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