Rubicon Models

M4 Sherman / Firefly IC 280060 1/56

£20.99

Please note this product has a slightly longer dispatch time. It will be dispatched in 2-4 working days.

The M4 Sherman Firefly IC model kit by Rubicon Models offers a detailed representation of one of World War II's iconic tanks, renowned for its role as a medium tank in Allied forces. Here’s an in-depth overview of its features, historical context, and specifics of the model kit:

Historical Background
Role and Significance: The M4 Sherman, officially Medium Tank, M4, was a cornerstone of Allied armored forces during World War II. Named after the American Civil War General William Tecumseh Sherman, it proved to be reliable, cost-effective to produce, and widely available through the Lend-Lease program to the British Commonwealth and the Soviet Union.

Evolution from M3 Medium Tank: The M4 Sherman evolved from the M3, transitioning from a side sponson-mounted main armament to a fully traversing turret housing a 75mm gun. This design change significantly enhanced its combat effectiveness and versatility on the battlefield.

Combat Effectiveness: The Sherman's mechanical reliability, ease of production and maintenance, standardized parts, and moderate size contributed to its dominance over Axis light and medium tanks in the early to mid-war period. It spearheaded Allied offensives after 1942 and played a crucial role in turning the tide of the war in North Africa and Europe.

Variants and Adaptations: The Sherman platform served as the basis for various adaptations, including tank destroyers and specialized versions like the Firefly IC, armed with the potent British 17-pounder (76.2mm) gun to counter German heavy armor.

Product Features
Scale: 1/56 (28mm)
Components: Detailed plastic parts for assembly, reflecting both the small and large hatch hull configurations, and options for low and high bustle turrets.
Armament Options: Includes components for both the 75mm gun and the 105mm howitzer, offering flexibility in modeling different variants of the Sherman.
British Firefly IC Option: Allows modelers to build the Firefly IC variant, equipped with the powerful British 17-pounder gun, crucial for engaging heavier German tanks.
Customization Options: Features multiple mantlet choices, open or closed turret and hull hatches, enhancing realism and diorama potential.
Crew Figures: Tank crew figures included, dressed in appropriate uniforms for the period, adding to the authenticity of the model.
Build and Detailing
Assembly: Requires ABS cement for secure attachment of parts, suitable for modelers experienced with plastic model kit assembly.
Painting and Weathering: Offers opportunities for detailed painting to replicate historical camouflage schemes and weathering effects, capturing the wear and tear of combat.
Display Options: With movable parts such as turret rotation and optional open hatches, the model can be displayed dynamically, depicting various combat scenarios.
Conclusion
The Rubicon Models M4 Sherman Firefly IC model kit is ideal for enthusiasts and collectors interested in World War II armored warfare, offering a highly detailed and historically accurate representation of this iconic tank. From its pivotal role in Allied operations to its adaptability and combat effectiveness, the Sherman remains a symbol of Allied mechanized power during the war.

Postage & Returns

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Returns accepted up to 30 days after date of purchase.

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