Thursday, April 18

Preview: New art, markings & Suspension added to the 35th scale U.S. Medium Tank M4A3 (76) W from Meng Models

Artwork, new springs are added to our preview of the forthcoming 35th scale U.S. Medium Tank M4A3 (76) W from MENG Models

A new M4 from Meng?

U.S. Medium Tank M4A3 (76) W
From: Meng Models
Product No: TS-043
1,190 parts.
Release date: TBA
The M4 Medium Tank, also called Sherman, was a tank without a frightening main gun or thick armour. It was not designed by famous scholars or driven by a crew with shining medals. However, it’s the peak of the-then industrial production. At the beginning of the design, its size was taken into consideration for strategic transport by ship. A large number of other weapon components were used to simplify the design and production. 
Thanks to the uniform specifications, the same parts machined by different production process could be produced in large numbers. The M4 Sherman’s gun was not limited to a specific ammunition type and its tracks didn’t need to be changed to special tracks for rail transport. 
Nearly 50,000 of this top design tank were produced. It had a complete range of variants. There’s no doubt that it played an important role in the victory of the Allies. This U.S. Medium Tank M4A3 (76) W had a Ford GAA V-8 engine, a welded hull and carried the 76mm M1 cannon. Users included the US, France (small numbers) & Nicaragua (small numbers). 
This latest MENG TS-043 U.S. Medium Tank M4A3 (76) W model is 206mm long and 90mm tall. This kit has a total of 1,190 parts. The key suspension structure is the same as on the same vehicle. This movable suspension is realistic and reliable. This kit features fairly complete equipment cast numbers and realistic surface details. This kit includes high-strength workable tracks with “duckbill” end connectors. Fine PE parts and metal cables are included. A gift metal barrel is included in the first batch of products.
The suspension of the Sherman is also in test phase - butt his pre-moulded coil looks like it will work very well...
There are already to pictures of the marking choice profiles included in the box - one with a fairly odd looking whitewash camouflage on it...
The other marking choice is also on the boxart - it is Colonel (at the time of the Battle of the Bulge) Creighton Abrams at the Battle of the Bulge up-armoured "Thunderbolt IV"
Abe Abrams wore out six tanks – all named Thunderbolt – during the war, but he never had one shot out from under him. He usually rode at the head of his columns, standing in the turret and chewing on a cigar. 

 Abrams on the right, pointing at Thunderbolt IV's logo...
There will no doubt be more about this release very soon on the Meng Website...