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M26 Pershing

Tamiya

 

S u m m a r y

Catalogue No.: MM35354
Contents and Media: Lower hull and six sprues of parts in injection molded styrene; set of full-length
glueable tracks; small bag of poly caps; metal bolts and springs.
Scale: 1/35
Review Type: FirstLook
Advantages: Excellent rendition of the Pershing at the Ropkey Armor Museum; includes some accessories and some small details not in earlier DML kit, separate engine doors, crisp molding
Disadvantages: Some small details molded on (separate on DML kit); working suspension requires some shortcuts to suspension accuracy; needs work to make T26E3 used in Europe
Recommendation: Recommended (but because of suspension and price can't highly recommend over DML's Pershing)

 

Reviewed by Michael Bedard


Tamiya's 1/35 scale M26 Pershing is available online from Squadron.com

 

Background

 

The M26 Pershing was in development prior to June 6th but because of logistics and experience in Italy the program was not prioritized for implementation. Tankers and repair crews felt they needed a better tank than the Sherman which was the main theme in Mr. Cooper's book Death Traps. Also the battle of the Bulge and the German use of massed Tiger II tanks sent forth an urgent request for a more powerful tank than the M4 Sherman.

Starting in January 1945 with operation Zebra Pershings were finally put into battle in Europe. At that time they were classified as T26E3 heavy tanks. The very first encounter was not glourious for the Pershings as 'Fireball' was knocked out at short range from a Tiger I. The Pershing did however go through the rest of the war with a good account of itself. In 1950 in Korea the Pershing was reclassified as M26 medium and did well against the T-34/85 employed by the North Koreans.

 

 

FirstLook

 

Tamiya's kit is nice, but it is hard not compare it to DML's version that came out a few years back.

The most obvious difference between the two kits is the working suspension of the new Tamiya M26. Because of this working suspension, the shock absorbers are too short. There are also some oversized metal bolts to help articulate the suspension up in front. Some of this is hidden by the roadwheels, but not all. Also the handles on the tool boxes are molded on where as they are separate on the DML offering.

The hull hatches have details on the inside which DML's do not and the engine doors are separate and detailed on both sides. There are casting numbers on the upper hull and turret, and more are molded on many parts compared to the DML T26E3 Pershing.

Casting texture on Tamiya's hull and turret are excellent.

There are some smaller details missing that are also absent from the older DML kit. This is probably due to molding restrictions

To make the T26E3 European campaign version, some small features must be removed from the final drive. The infantry box on the rear also should be left off and the holes filled.

The parts breakdown makes it clear that this kit will eventually be released with radio control at some time in the future.

 

 

Conclusion

 

Tamiya's Pershing is more expensive than DML's and, in my opinion, the working suspension is a bit of a gimmick.

However, overall I would say that the Tamiya M26 is an excellent rendition of the Pershing at the Ropkey Armor Museum.

It is worth buying, but if you are on a budget the older DML offering will suffice.
 


Review Copyright 2002 by Michael Bedard
Page Created 27 July, 2002
Last updated 22 July, 2003

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