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In WWII, armored forces of the Allies relied heavily on the M4 Sherman tank, with more than 50,000 examples rolling off a number of factory floors. There were numerous versions of the Sherman due to place of production and developmental modifications introduced along the way. Dragon has already released a number of fine 1/35 plastic renditions of various Sherman types, but gaps still remain in its coverage. Item No.6579, an M4 DV, thus makes a valuable contribution to the Sherman family tree.
The M4 DV was an early-production variant of the Sherman, with DV standing for “Direct Vision”. This refers to the armored visors for the driver and co-driver at the front of the hull. On later vehicles these were deleted from the glacis plate in the interests of armor integrity.
Dragon has previously released an M4A1 DV, but this newest kit is the M4 with welded hull and three-piece bolted nose, such as those tanks produced at the Baldwin Locomotive Plant. Baldwin manufactured 1233 tanks from January 1943 through to January 1944. This 1/35 scale kit includes a brand new upper hull that correctly depicts the DV slots. For greater versatility, these vision-port covers can be displayed open or closed. The hull also correctly depicts the 90º angle at the lower rear corner. This is a fine Smart Kit filled with practical touches like T41 tracks made from DS, and widespread use of slide-molded components. As a Smart Kit it is finely engineered and gives Sherman lovers yet another object upon which to direct their vision!