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1/35 scale Metal Barrel Muzzle Brake
Posted by calmo2 on Friday, December 17, 2021 1:07 PM

Hello; I am new to the Armor model kits. I usually build model car kits. I am about to build the Tamiya 1/35 Sherman M4A3 tank kit and I was wondering if the 1/35 scale Metal Barrel Muzzel Brake kit for the Tamiya Sherman M4A3E8 will fit the M4A3 kit I will be building.  Are the tracks for these two kits the same? I have also found a set of metal track links for the M4A8E8 and will they work on the M4A3 kit? Any help would be appriciated. Thanks.

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  • From: Building models on my kitchen counter top~somewhere in North Carolina
Posted by disastermaster on Friday, December 17, 2021 1:34 PM

calmo2

Hello; I am new to the Armor model kits. I usually build model car kits. I am about to build the Tamiya 1/35 Sherman M4A3 tank kit and I was wondering if the 1/35 scale Metal Barrel Muzzel Brake kit for the Tamiya Sherman M4A3E8 will fit the M4A3 kit I will be building.  Are the tracks for these two kits the same? I have also found a set of metal track links for the M4A8E8 and will they work on the M4A3 kit? Any help would be appriciated. Thanks.

 
Barrel should be OK.
M4A3 tracks aren't compatible with the M4A3E8 due to the E8 roadwheel/suspension upgrade.

On the kitchen counter top in North Carolina

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  • From: Dripping Springs, TX, USA
Posted by RBaer on Friday, December 17, 2021 6:08 PM

Muzzle brakes were a relatively late addition to Shermans with the 76 gun, and only seen on tanks with the ovel loader's hatch. Your M4A3 may or may not have been equipped with a muzzle brake, but it's entirely possible.

And as the D Master says, the "E8" suffix meant a different, late tyoe of suspension using a centered guide horn and paired road wheels, unlike the earlier Shermans which used a narrower track with the guides outboard, the road wheel running between them. Pics show this difference clearly.

Which Sherman kit are you building?

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  • From: Formerly Bryan, now Arlington, Texas
Posted by CapnMac82 on Saturday, December 18, 2021 12:20 PM

M4A3

M4A3EB

One of the primary differences between M4A3 and the "E8" variant were that the latter used center-line guide teeth.  The M4 series started life with guide teeth on both outside edges of the track.

Sherman track is an entire topic unto itself.

THis is a pretty extensive link to the track, whith photos
http://the.shadock.free.fr/sherman_minutia/tracks/vvss_tracks.html

This becomes a bit of a rabbit hole.  The amount of information is amazing, and daunting.

It's a bit like asking about a Camaero.  You have to know the model year, and the finish level to answer many questions..

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