I think it’s supposed to come out in the next couple of months. Andy says in the video that the price will be under $150 and it includes a full figure, metal barrel, and workable tracks and suspension. Here’s the video:
After watching the video again I realized it also comes with the interior gun details.
For the longest time I never understood why Trumpeter never made the Sherman in 1/16 scale. I always told myself that if they ever introduced one I’d buy it. So now it seems two 1/16 scale Shermans will be released in 2022. This AHHQ/Takom and one from I Love Kit and both are M4A3E8s.
I’ve been away from forums and modeling news for a few years basically just focused on reducing my stash by building and selling/donating. So I’ve heard the I Love Kit version is a previously unreleased Trumpeter model?
Andy says in the video that it’ll be a worldwide release and readily available from all the online shops that carry models. I think it’s toward the end of the video.
I’d imagine that with two M4A3E8 kits coming out simultaneously someone out there will make a resin interior. Heck Takom themselves might make an interior version later if this one sells well. The Trumpeter version (now called “I love Kit”) has a much higher price (~$290) so maybe theirs already comes with a full interior?
There are aftermarket resin hulls, suspensions (both types), and turrets for 1/16 scale Radio Controlled Sherman tanks including all metal workable tracks and such. So with some AM stuff you could potentially convert this into a M4A3 76mm or even 75mm.
I guess these kits were announced months ago and I’m a bit late to the party with this thread. I did find something interesting that I missed when all this was first announced. The modelling news posted sprue images of the “I Love Kit” version, it doesn’t have interior gun detail, the crew figure looks bad compared to the AHHQ version, both come with metal barrels but the ILK version also comes with a metal machine gun barrel. Here’s the link to the modelling news announcement:
The box art for the ILK version looks like something from the 1970s, maybe that’s what they were going for a retro box art look. I don’t like it, the tank looks disproportionate in the box art.
There’s already a Kettenkraftrad out there (even comes with a goliath…). So I hope we don’t see a duplicate. Tamiya has their kubel, but a schwimmwagen wouldn’t be too surprising. I’d put up a wishlist, but as it wouldn’t contain anything WW2 German, it really would be just a wish.
Pz II would at least offer some variety for the chassis use.
B. The figure looks to be superior and plastic not resin.
C. Each track pad of T-66 workable track is made from two pieces.
Things I didn’t like from looking at the ILK sprues.
A. Split hatch early turret with T-80 track would be unusually rare. Those early HVSS M4A3s had the T-66 track, split hatch turret, and no muzzle brake. This model also doesn’t include the thread protector to model the gun without a MB. So it has the early turret with MB which is doable but then includes the final version of track.
B. The rubber dust cover. Perhaps it’ll work at 1/16 scale but at 1/35 scale dragon tried it like 20 years ago and they looked awful. Also it comes with rubber tires for the wheels and I’m not crazy about that.
C. Metal springs for the suspension might be feasible at 1/35 where the plastic weighs less but at 1/16 it could be an issue after a couple years on the shelf.
D. Each track pad requires 10 parts to produce! That’s like 1,600 plus pieces to make both sides of track. By comparison the AHHQ will require less than 340 pieces to make both tracks.
E. Probably because of the tracks this ILK version has 2,200 pieces to complete the kit and it lacks any interior detail. That’s a lot of parts for a vehicle without interior.
In summary, I can’t wait to see the sprues for the AHHQ version. Hopefully the dust cover will be modelled in plastic. Hopefully it’ll include options for the split hatch turret and oval loader hatch turret. Hopefully it’ll include option to model the gun with the thread protector instead of the MB.