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Lower Hull & Tracks:
The Allied D-Day landings on 6 June 1944 marked the first successful opposed landings across the English Channel in nine centuries. The massive assault on Hitler’s much-vaunted Atlantic Wall was also the largest single-day amphibious invasion of all time. A total of 130,000 soldiers went ashore on 6 June, while a million men had been landed in this sector of northern France within a month. These Allied soldiers were supported by all sorts of armored vehicles, with the ubiquitous M4 Sherman tank being chief among them. Dragon’s newest 1/35 scale kit portrays just such an M4 tank that participated in the Normandy campaign. Modelers will need to take note that this is much more than just another Sherman kit, for it has been specifically designed as a Normandy veteran!
The M4 variant, powered by a Continental radial engine and armed with a 75mm main gun, was deployed by American, British, Polish and Canadian units. This broad range of users in the tense battles for Normandy opens up new possibilities for modelers of this kit. This exciting new release, the first from Dragon in 2009, shows a welded-hull variant. This kit has received many new parts and extensive retooling to accurately replicate particular M4 characteristics like the thickened armor plates on the turret sides. Newly tooled components include a slide-molded upper hull, turret, engine deck and rear engine-compartment doors. The T51 tracks made from DS are also brand new. Multimedia parts such as photo-etched sand-shield brackets and engine ventilator covers are also included. For modelers wishing to depict a Sherman fighting through the thick Normandy hedgerows and bocage, or dueling with Panthers and Tigers of desperate German defenders, this kit is a dream come true!