kit consists of a WW2 era bulldozer conversion for 1/72-scale Sherman
tank model kits. The kit contains only resin parts and the manufacturer
states that it can be used for any Sherman kit in this scale.
dozer, I have read, was the most successful US armored engineer tank.
From photos I have noted a bulldozer attachment used with M4, M4A1,
M4A2 and M4A3 Shermans fitted with both the 75-mm gun and the 105-mm
howitzer. In the Pacific Theatre I have also seen a bulldozer attachment
fitted to M3 Medium tanks by the Australians. Nations using this Sherman-dozer
combination were the USA, Polish forces in Western Europe, and UK
In the above photo we see a superbly detailed and painted small-hatch
M4 Sherman tank with the dozer attachment. (From my experience with
building Shermans in 1/72-scale I have a suspicion that this photo
shows a 1/48 or 1/35-scale model kit?) The Dozer attachment includes
the dozer blade in front, the arms back to the middle VVSS bogie,
and the hydraulic piston behind the triangular armor plate.
box states that this is a “Conversion set for any Sherman”
but actually would take some modification to use with a Sherman
with HVSS bogies.
aware that the wading stacks on the engine deck do not come with
this Dozer conversion kit! The wading stacks are part of a
separate aftermarket kit.
parts come in a small corrugated cardboard box and ziplock type
are no markings (decals) included in the kit and none shown on the
box art. The color box art can serve as a painting guide.
The conversion set has 15 superbly cast all resin parts; no etched
brass parts. The molding and casting is crisp and free of bubbles
can be done with a sharp blade and sanding stick on most parts and
a saw on the large dozer blade.
using cyanoacrylate glue or epoxy cement.
This scan shows the numbered parts diagram and assembly instructions
for this “RESIN CONVERSION FOR ANY SERMAN”. Yes it says
“serman” rather than Sherman; perhaps the only mistake
I find with the kit or perhaps the Calibre72 kit maker is a minister
or priest with his/her mind on their Sunday service?
are very good exploded-view type showing parts numbers. Step-1 shows
drilling Sherman kit’s VVSS bogie for resin parts 4 and 5.
shows overall assembly of the parts. I am confused about the exact
placement of parts 6, 10, 11 and 12. Historical photos and museum
photos could be very important here.
show assembly to an M4 with the 3-part bolted transmission housing
but I am unsure of using this mounting (parts 6,10,11,& 12)
on a 1-piece wedge, sharp nose transmission housing
is an excellent aftermarket conversion to turn your 1/72-scale Sherman
into a novel variant that stands out on the display or contest table.
I have not assembled it yet, so cannot speak about fit of the parts.
of the mold and casting appears excellent.
good building references a novice to resin kits, and an experienced
modeler, should be able to build the bulldozer into a fine display
seen this dozer attachment mounted on the M4 variants fitted with
the VVSS bogies. Because of the wider suspension I do not believe
that this M1 dozer attachment would fit on a Sherman with the HVSS
(Easy-8) bogies, such as an M4A3E8 or M4A1E8.
US Armored Funnies, US Specialized Armored Vehicles in the ETO in
World War II #7052, by Stephen J Zaloga, Concord Publications Co (2005).