Resin Conversion Parts for Sherman Kits
Armour Brigade Models
||ABM001 - Early Style 105mm Sherman Howitzer Turret
ABM003 - Early Production 47 Degree Glacis M4 Upper Hull Conversion
Reviewed by Cookie
||ABM001 - 47 parts in tan resin, one turned aluminum
ABM003 - 30 parts in tan resin
||ABM001 around US$20
ABM003 around US$15
||New manufacturer, but excellent workmanship and
execution of kits
||May not seem "different" enough for some
||For all late war US fans and
One of the surprises at AMPS 98 was the debut of the first new kits from a new
manufacturer Armour Brigade, a Canadian company. This company, whose staff includes
researcher Sid Arnold and AMPS master modeler Dave Dean, has recently formed and chose
AMPS 98 to release its first production kits.
It must be noted up front that the people who run Armour Brigade and the folks from
Chesapeake Model Designs (who is the US distributor for Armour Brigade) are good friends,
and the camaraderie and interaction between the two show up in Armour Brigade's products.
The two kits that were provided by Armour Brigade for review are nearly indistinguishable
from CMD products in their quality.
The terms they have used for these two "early" caused one
well-known researcher to immediate condemn them as "wrong" without even looking
at them. Fatal mistake, for the two products are dead accurate and are exactly what they
portray themselves to be. His skewing on their identification apparently turns on the word
"early" which he equated to slope-backed single hatch turrets and 56
degree early hull Shermans. If one reads the direction "whatta concept!"
the reason that the term "early" was used for the turret is correct. The
first production howitzer tanks had the split-ring commander cupola (since it was felt
that the vision cupola would not be needed for what was felt to be a self-propelled
artillery piece and not a tank) and were missing some of the armored covers for the
various sights. Later versions were updated, and the kit includes the vision cupola for an
The early production hull is pretty much the same. It is the first production model of the
47 degree welded hull with most of the standard M4/M4A1 features. The major differences
externally between an "early" and a "late" hull have to do with the
drivers' compartment ventilator and the presence or absence of vents for the grouser
storage bins at the rear of the tank. Ergo, any comments that these kits are
"inaccurate" in that sense are wrong and should be ignored.
Like CMD, fit is as close to an injection molded plastic kit as one could desire, and they
do have a lot of flexibility. The turret is designed for use on either the Tamiya M4A3 or
the DML POW-CWS-H5 M4A3 kit (to turn it into a pure howitzer vehicle less the
flame-thrower). It includes a partial interior with a full gun breech, and all parts are
crisp and precise in their molding.
The hull is designed for the Italeri M4A1 kit, but with some work could probably be
adapted to the Tamiya M4 chassis. It comes with all of the major "bits" needed,
but as is noted in the very complete directions, it will
require some fine wire and Model Kasten wing nuts to match the details which the designers
planned for the kit. If not, the Italeri parts can probably be used with no major
Overall, these are excellent efforts and always welcome by "Shermaholics" like
myself. It's always nice to see a new company appear, and one with this level of quality
will be around for some time to come.
Kits are available from either Armour Brigade Models, PO Box 35163, Westgate PO, Ottawa,
Ontario, Canada K1Z 1A2, or from Chesapeake Model Designs, PO Box 393, Monkton, Maryland
Review by Cookie Sewell, April
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