ISLAND-HOPPING ARMOUR

ISLAND-HOPPING ARMOUR

Decals for European Theatre Sherman tanks are plentiful, but less so for those that fought the Japanese. Toro Model continues to buck the trend though, with its third instalment of Pacific markings for this famous vehicle.

ISLAND-HOPPING ARMOUR

What’s not to like about the Sherman? There are many variants to build in 1/35 scale, and there are often more than enough structural nuances and differing stowage to give a truly individual look to any model. If you want to portray a tank used in Europe there are also myriad decal sheets to choose. However, if it’s a Pacific Theatre machine you wish to replicate, the choice becomes more sparse. But Polish firm Toro Model has satisfied this need before and here, it’s third instalment of PTO Sherman tanks offers interesting subjects, some with two- or multi-tone camouflage.

ISLAND-HOPPING ARMOUR

ISLAND-HOPPING ARMOUR

This latest sheet, 35D59, offers markings for seven different Shermans that fought across the Pacific islands in 1944-45. The options are:
•    M4A2 EL TORO, 2nd Marine Separated Tank Company, Guam, July 29, 1944
•    M4 (75) Composite Hull, 3099241/33 BLOOPER, B Company, 710th Tank Battalion, US Army, Angaur, Palau Islands, 1944
•    M4A2, B10 BOOTS, 2nd Marine Tank Battalion, Saipan, 1944
•    M4A1 19/LIGHTNING, 767th Tank Battalion,US Army, Kwajalein Island, February 2, 1944
•    M4A1, 9, 1st Marine Tank Battalion, Cape Gloucester, 1944
•    M4A2, 61/DAVY JONES, 5th Marine Tank Battalion, Iwo Jima, 1945
•    M4A2, 7276/9 ATEBALL, 3rd Marine Tank Battalion, Iwo Jima, 1945

 

ISLAND-HOPPING ARMOUR

ISLAND-HOPPING ARMOUR

Salient points are that EL TORO is photographically recorded as sporting wooden planks on the sides, to deter magnetic mines, and this machine also had artillery graduation marks around the turret. DAVY JONES also had wooden plank protection covering its hull sides and suspension units, and LIGHTNING was fitted with wading snorkels for its entry onto shore.

ISLAND-HOPPING ARMOUR

ISLAND-HOPPING ARMOUR

These are super schemes, in addition to those provided by Toro’s previous PTO Sherman Tanks Volumes 1 and 2 (35D54 and 35D57 respectively), and should satisfy any Sherman devotee looking for something different. And with thin, glossy carrier film they should also be easy to apply in the usual manner.

If you are interested in building on a theme, a superb reference book is Sherman in the Pacific 1943-45, by Raymond Giuliani (Histoire & Collections), ISBN: 978-2-35250-283-8

For further details on these and other decals by Toro, visit: www.toro-model.com.pl

ISLAND-HOPPING ARMOUR