In his first build for AMW, Jaymes Crowther shows how Revell’s ‘First Diorama’ 1/76 Sherman Firefly can be used as the basis for an exceptional scene.
A British variant of the American M4 tank, the Sherman Firefly is arguably the best-known sub-type. It was modified and up-gunned with a 17-pdr gun (including a box added to the turret rear to allow full recoil) to knock out German heavy tanks such as the Panther and Tiger. Otherwise, the main differences between a Firefly and a standard M4 were the bow machine gun position being removed for more ammunition storage and a loader’s hatch in the turret allowing quicker access.
Revell’s 1/76 Sherman Firefly was first released by Matchbox in 1974, with several offerings since; it has now been re-issued in Revell’s ‘First Diorama’ series. As with all Matchbox-derived 1/76 kits, a diorama base is included – here, this was a bridge half-section pointing slightly upwards.
First Diorama Sherman Firefly
Stock Code: 03299