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Hobby Master 1:48 Ground Power Series HG1006
M4A3 Sherman Diecast Model
USMC 4th Marine Tank Btn, "Widow Maker (Comet 38)", Iwo Jima, February 1945

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1:48 Scale   Length   Width
M4A3 Sherman   4.75"   2.25"

Because of the rugged dense jungle growth on many Pacific islands the use of tanks was limited. The tank did play significant roles on these islands as infantry support. The M4 had an escape hatch added to the floor but in the Pacific tank crews used it for the opposite purpose. They used the hatch to recover wounded infantry and return them for medical care.In the Pacific some units had many inventive means of trying to protect the tank and crew from the enemy. Some added track blocks to the sides of the turret, or on the glacis along with sand bags. Some added nails others added wooden planks or even heavy steel mesh domes placed over the hatches with about two inches of clearance. The domes were referred to as "bird cages" and along with the other innovations were meant to prevent the enemy from placing satchel charges directly on the tank especially the hatches that probably were the most vulnerable part of the armor. Some of the tank crews couldn't decide one method so they employed just about all the various options. It was quite usual for tank crews to paint a name that started with the same letter as their Company on the side of the tank. That's why there is Comet 38 on this particular example.

M4A3 Sherman

The pilot model of the M4 was completed in September 1941, and the Sherman became the most widely produced tank of the war. The M4 Sherman defeated heavier tanks with superior numbers, and by using outflanking tactics to strike thinner enemy flank armor. Shermans also achieved success with progressively upgunned models and by working with tank destroyers. The Sherman tank--named by the British--was fast, maneuverable, mechanically reliable, easy to manufacture, and effective in its infantry support role. It served with the US Army and Marines during World War II, and the US transferred large numbers to the United Kingdom and allied forces of many countries.

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Hobby Master 1:48 Ground Power Series

The Hobby Master "1:48 Ground Power Series" range presents detailed, ready-made diecast models of military vehicles.

Hobby Master "1:48 Ground Power Series" diecast vehicles feature:

  • Diecast metal construction with some plastic components.
  • Rotating turret, elevating cannon and accurate hull.
  • Selected opening hatches.
  • Painted, fitted, non-moving tracks on detailed non-rotating wheels.
  • Realistic panel lines, antennas, access panels and surface details.
  • Pad printed markings and placards that won't fade or peel like decals.

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