Taigen Tanks Sherman M4A3 76mm Metal Edition 2.4GHz 1/16th Scale Airsoft RTR RC Tank

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The M4 Sherman (named after the famous American Civil War general William T. Sherman) is one of the few really iconic fighting vehicles of the Allies during Word War Two, and one of the most famous tanks in history. But while this historic status was gained partly thanks to its intrinsic qualities, but also due to the sheer numbers in which they were provided, only surpassed by the Soviet Union’s T-34, with a staggering 50,000 total delivered. It remains by far the most widely used tank on the Allied side during the war.                                                                                                                                                                                      M4, early production version (1942), 13th Armored Regiment of the 1st Armored Division, Tunisia, March 1943. One of the rare Shermans actually painted sand beige in US Service.

It remains by far the most widely used tank on the Allied side during the war. It was derived into countless derivatives and had a very long postwar career which lasted well into the Cold War. It has been largely compared to the T-34, and had the occasion to confront some during the Korean War.

However, the Sherman was not as successful as it seemed. Derived in a haste from the previous and controversial M3 Lee/Grant, it was the first to bear a fully-traversing turret with a 75 mm (2.95 in) gun. It was designed from the very beginning for mass-production. Cheap and relatively simple to build, easy to maintain, reliable, roomy, sturdy, fast, well-armored and well-armed, it was the good-all-around armored vehicle the Allies had sought for until 1942, when it first arrived on the North African front.                                     

M4 Sherman, early production vehicle, 32nd Tank Battalion of the 3rd Armored Division, Normandy, 1944. Notice the “low visibility” stars.                  It literally soldiered in every corner of the globe, under many colors, from 1942 to the end of the war. These theaters included (in WWII alone) most of North Africa, Russia, most of Europe, the Eastern Indies, the Philippines, many Pacific islands and China.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      By 1940, Great Britain had found itself desperately short on tanks. Some were provided through the freshly signed Lend-Lease agreement. At the same time, the US Army, fully learning from the shock caused by the Blitzkrieg in Western Europe, was in the process of emergency modernization of its equipment. The M4 was, in fact, the type of medium tank the US industry was not yet prepared to build in early 1940, which led to the intermediate M3 Lee. The latter was to be equipped with a fully revolving turret at first, but the urge in production imposed the choice of a transitional, yet unsatisfactory solution, a 75 mm (2.95 in) gun in a hull sponson. So, by late August 1940, as the M3 production started, U.S. Army Ordnance Department tried many solutions for mating a fully traversing turret with the M3 hull, which eventually led to the M4.                                                                                                    Early production M4 Sherman, 40th Tank Battalion, 8th Armored Division, Belgium, February 1945, at the end of the battle of the Bulge.

The latter was to be equipped with a fully revolving turret at first, but the urge in production imposed the choice of a transitional, yet unsatisfactory solution, a 75 mm (2.95 in) gun in a hull sponson. So, by late August 1940, as the M3 production started, U.S. Army Ordnance Department tried many solutions for mating a fully traversing turret with the M3 hull, which eventually led to the M4.

On April 18, 1941, the U.S. Armored Forces Board chose the T6, among five designs, to be the blueprint of a pre-production series. The final mock-up was approved in May and the definitive prototype sent to the Aberdeen Proving Grounds for extensive trials in September 1941. Basically, it was an M3 armed with the same main gun relocated in a large, rounded revolving turret. By the standards of 1940, the M4 offered a dependable gun platform able to deal with the main German tanks of the time, the Panzer III and IV, support infantry and make a breakthrough through speed and firepower.                                                               M4 Sherman, 2nd Armored Division, 1st Free French Army, Operation Anvil Dragoon, Provence, August 1944.                                                                                         Its designing and manufacturing were eased by the borrowing of many parts and innovations from previous models, the Light Tank M2,  Medium Tank M2 and the M3, like the efficient and well-proven vertical volute spring suspension, the rubberized track links, but, perhaps above all, a highly standardized, compact, light and powerful aviation radial engine, the Continental R975. This model was already largely produced for the aircraft industry, which assured comfortable provision of spare parts and ease of maintenance by any trained personnel.                                                                                                                                   Early type M4, unknown unit, Normandy, summer 1944.

Cold war career and memorabilia

Despite being designed in 1941, the Sherman was still in service in many countries as far as the fall of the iron curtain in 1990, leaving the strange impression of a “living fossil”. This could be found in the many improvements performed on its chassis, a testimony to its sturdiness and adaptability, and the huge supplies of spare parts available due to an early standardization and unrivaled, at least in the West, mass production. The “Easy Eight” was the blueprint for some improvements and late wartime versions that fought under the US flag during the Korean war and later the Vietnam war, under South Vietnamese flag. The Israeli completely modernized the type, later known as the M51 “Super Sherman”, which performed well during the 1967 and 1973 wars, armed with a new 105 mm (4.13 in) high velocity gun.

M4 Sherman specifications

Dimensions

5.84 x 2.62 x 2.74 m

19’2” x 8’7” x 9′

Total weight, battle ready

30.3 tons (66,800 lbs)

Crew

5 (commander, driver, co-driver, gunner, loader)

Propulsion

Continental R975 9-cyl. air-cooled gasoline, 400 hp (298 kW)

Maximum speed

48 km/h (30 mph) on road

Suspensions

Vertical Volute Spring (VVSS)

Range

193 km (120 mi)

Armament

M2 L/32 or M3 L/40 75 mm (2.95 in) with 90 rounds

2xBrowning M2HB cal.30 M1919 (7.62 mm) machine-guns

Armor

Maximum 76 mm (3 in)

Product description

This M4A3 Sherman 76mm Metal Edition is available as an airsoft BB version and is RTR out of the box. The TAG13060 features a weathered olive drab and black striped paint scheme. This Sherman tank comes with a new design for the lower chassis, which is now over 2mm thick with a one piece stamped lower hull. It also comes with a textured metal turret, metal gun barrel, metal hatches, metal VVSS suspension, metal idler wheels with bearings, LED headlights, metal road wheels with rubber tires and bearings, metal drive wheels, metal “duckbill” caterpillar tracks, steel gearboxes (Steel, 3:1, H/L, 48mm), and more! This tank also comes with our new 360 degree turret rotation system, accessory kit, 2000mAh NIMH battery and charger, dual LED machine guns, a smoke unit, speaker, recoil, 2.4 GHz transmitter, and an easy access hull latch for accessibility.


Product information

Product Dimensions 18.1 x 6.7 x 7.3 inches
Item Weight 11.3 pounds
Shipping Weight 19 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
ASIN B01MXBZUPH
Manufacturer recommended age 12 years and up

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